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September 22, 1994 | By Jayson Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Once, there may have been no job in America that Lee Thomas would rather have had than general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. But that was nearly a decade ago - in a very different time, before Thomas ever left the Cardinals to become general manager of the Phillies. Yesterday, however, Lee Thomas' onetime dream job opened up again when the Cardinals fired Dal Maxvill after nine years as GM. And one of the first names to pop to the top of the rumor circuit, naturally, was that of James Leroy Thomas.
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November 25, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
A decade ago, Scott Graham appeared destined to become the next voice of the Phillies, the broadcaster who was going to replace the irreplaceable Harry Kalas. As it turned out, Graham did eventually replace HK, albeit not as the voice of the Phillies. He also honored his friend with an Emmy Award-winning documentary. The way it all happened is still hard to believe, Harry. "Worlds change and situations change and you have to adapt to what you have in front of you," Graham said last week during a break in his seven-day-a-week schedule that has made him the most ubiquitous voice in the NFL. "The entire thing was disappointing, but there was an opportunity there to grow and, fortunately, it has worked out that way. " Graham's career has not grown.
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November 21, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before Ryan Howard's twin brother sued him for $2.8 million; before his father, who helped manage the Phillies slugger's money, allegedly requested a $10 million separation payment; before Howard claimed his parents and brothers conspired to defraud him, Howard planned a mansion with eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. The sprawling Florida home was a place for the family - especially Corey, Ryan's look-alike confidant who moved from St. Louis to Philadelphia in 2008 to live with Ryan.
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March 29, 2013
The Phillies may be dancing to their last waltz this season after winning the World Series in 2008. What the core players did: The Phillies beat the Tampa Bay Rays, four games to one, to win the 2008 title and were led by Carlos Ruiz and Ryan Howard. Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins struggled at the plate, but Series MVP Cole Hamels struck out eight and allowed just four earned runs in 13 innings over two starts. Here is how they fared that season: Hamels: 14-10 regular season; 1-0, 2.77 ERA and World Series MVP. Howard: .251, 48 HRS, 153 RBIs regular season; .286, 3 HRs, 6 RBIs World Series.
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September 5, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two Phillies pitchers fired eight straight balls with the bases loaded, and that represented the nadir of Tuesday night. A rookie wearing No. 67 relieved them in the next inning, committed a balk, and surrendered two more runs. This is what September baseball looks like for the pitching staff with the National League's worst ERA. Washington permitted four unearned runs to the Phillies and still won, 9-6, because the home team failed at the game's most basic task of throwing strikes.
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February 16, 2011 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Domonic Brown repeated the words more than once as he stood in front of his locker Tuesday afternoon. "I'm hungry," he said. A deep-fried cheeseburger could not curb the kind of appetite Brown has right now. The only thing that can make the Phillies' rookie feel full again is a job as manager Charlie Manuel's opening-day rightfielder when the team plays the Houston Astros April 1 at Citizens Bank Park. At one point last summer as Brown ripped through the Eastern League at double-A Reading and then the International League with triple-A Lehigh Valley, it seemed a foregone conclusion that the franchise's best prospect would slide into the right-field spot vacated when free agent Jayson Werth signed elsewhere.
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August 19, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's difficult to imagine that at the all-star break, the Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers were on even footing. Now one team is gearing for October, and the other for next season. The differing paths continued with the Dodgers' 5-0 win Saturday night over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, making interim manager Ryne Sandberg 0-2 and waiting for his team to score a run. The Phillies have been shut out 12 times this season. After games played on July 14, the Phillies entered the all-star break 48-48, and the Dodgers were 47-47.
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July 29, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
THE NARRATIVE surrounding Ryne Sandberg since his resignation as Phillies manager a month ago seems to lack the appropriate outrage. After all, how could a man walk away from a once-in-a-lifetime job? Perhaps there was an underlying family issue. Perhaps Sandberg has a personality disorder, or some ingrained shortcoming, that made the daily grind of major league leadership too much to bear. The Phillies visited the Cubs this weekend, the organization with which Sandberg became a Hall of Fame second baseman . . . and the organization that, after four years of watching him do splendid work in the minors, refused to give him a chance at managing in the major leagues.
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November 13, 2011
With the addition of Jonathan Papelbon as the closer, we now know that the Phillies' pitching department is at least going to remain among baseball's elite, if not the gold standard. We also know that pitching was not the problem during these past two postseasons, when the Phillies were eliminated first by the San Francisco Giants in the National League Championship Series and then by the St. Louis Cardinals one round earlier. Nothing is wrong with the plan that general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Phillies have implemented.
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May 5, 2007 | By Todd Zolecki, Inquirer Staff Writer
 Jamie Moyer has seen and pitched enough baseball to know nothing is fair.                                                                
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August 22, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - Despite an overall woeful season, Jerome Williams went into his 20th start of the year having allowed just a run in each of his previous three starts. That positive trend dissipated quickly on Thursday night at Marlins Park. The journeyman righthander was tagged for a season-worst eight runs and didn't survive the second inning of the Phillies' 9-7 loss, the opener of a four-game series that could have big implications on which team picks first in the draft next June. "Everything snowballed," Williams said.
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August 22, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - Darnell Sweeney will take the field at Marlins Park early Friday afternoon, and the Phillies coaching staff will put him through a workout. He will field ground balls at both second and third base, and interim manager Pete Mackanin will get his first look at one of the two players acquired Wednesday in the Chase Utley trade. Sweeney, 24, who joined the Phillies on Thursday night and popped out in a pinch-hit appearance in the fifth inning, played all over the diamond in parts of four seasons in the Los Angeles Dodgers system.
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August 22, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia School Reform Commission moved Thursday night to block a proposed charter school's new application and to sell two unused buildings. Esperanza Elementary Charter School first came before the SRC in the winter, hoping to open a school in North Philadelphia. It already operates a charter high school and middle school in the area. The SRC turned down the application in February and denied it again Thursday, saying that although Esperanza has excelled at the high school level, its performance has been uneven for middle school.
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August 22, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Around here, the hours that have passed since the Phillies traded Chase Utley to the Dodgers late Wednesday night have pretty much been a collective memory loop - people sharing their most treasured Utley moments, getting sentimental over someone who didn't have to reveal much of himself as a person to have a city's baseball fans appreciate him, even adore him, as a player. That's an important distinction, Utley the person vs. Utley the player, because the white lines of a field or court are always the best boundaries and limits to establish when praising a professional athlete.
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August 21, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CHASE UTLEY emerged from the hallway that links the home clubhouse to the field at Citizens Bank Park, shot a quick look at the herd of reporters camped out in the dugout, and set his glove aside to join his teammates for pre-batting practice stretch. Minutes later, he was in the batting cage, taking his daily cuts with the rest of the reserves held out of last night's starting lineup. And then he was at second base, getting his pregame defense work in, too. Utley did all of these things in a Phillies uniform, the only uniform he's known since being drafted by the team 15 years ago. But less than an hour before Utley took the field, the Phillies had already agreed to send the franchise icon to the Los Angeles Dodgers, a trade first reported by cbssports.com.
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August 21, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
One last time, Chase Utley emerged on the field and walked through the handshake line with his teammates after a 7-4 victory over Toronto. When it ended and he approached the steps leading to the tunnel, the Phillies icon offered a casual tip of the cap to the fans gathered behind the dugout at Citizens Bank Park. This was the final act of a storied Phillies career. Late Wednesday, the rebuilding team finalized a trade to send Utley, one of the city's most beloved athletes, to the Los Angeles Dodgers for infielder/outfielder Darnell Sweeney and minor-league righthander John Richy.
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August 21, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
A FOUR-RUN Phillies lead had just been cut in half as Andres Blanco dug a foot into the left side of the batter's box to begin the home half of the fifth inning last night. A single voice rose above the din of the crowd, militant at first but increasingly sad as his plea repeated. "We want Utley," he bellowed. "We . . . want . . . Utley. " Six pitches later, Blanco planted a 3-2 pitch from Toronto reliever Bo Schultz into the rightfield seats, extending the Phillies' lead to 5-2. The crowd roared.
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August 21, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MIAMI - The fact that there wasn't only one quintessential Chase Utley moment, but probably closer to a dozen, likely says more about his success and popularity in a Phillies uniform than anything else could. Yesterday, a day after the team traded its iconic second baseman to the Los Angeles Dodgers, manager Pete Mackanin recalled the 2009 World Series, when he finished his first season on the Phillies' coaching staff by watching Utley hit a Series record-tying five home runs against the Yankees.
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August 21, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MIAMI - Jerad Eickhoff would prefer to have a major league career that amounts to more than being a part of a trivia answer in Phillies history, among the likes of Phillippe Aumont, Bud Smith and Travis Lee. But Eickhoff, who will make his major league debut when he takes the mound to start at Marlins Park tonight, won't begin his career thinking he was one of the six players the Phillies received from the Texas Rangers for Cole Hamels (and...
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August 21, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MIAMI - The odes to and appreciations of Chase Utley - and the reminiscing of his greatest hits and quotes and plays - can go only so far in the 24-hour period after the seismic trade was completed. Eventually, the focus returns to the product on the field. Thankfully for the good folks who put in deposits on season- ticket orders last winter, the Utley hangover took place about 1,200 miles away from South Philly and closer to the South Beach, where no one gives a darn about baseball.
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