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August 25, 2010
A perfect gift One by one, the Phillies players walked up to Roy Halladay before Tuesday night's game and shook his hand. Halladay's smile was the widest it has been since he joined the team. The righthander purchased around 60 Swiss-made Baumé & Mercier watches to commemorate his perfect game May 29 against the Marlins. He gave out the watches as gifts to everyone in the clubhouse - all of the players who were on the active roster then, the entire coaching staff, all clubhouse personnel (including batboy Rob DiClementi)
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October 23, 2007 | By Jim Salisbury, Inquirer Columnist
BOSTON - All right, Philadelphia, what do you think of Terry Francona now? The man dismissed as a managerial lightweight when he was fired by the Phillies in 2000 has led the Boston Red Sox to the World Series for the second time in four years. By this time next week, he could find himself being measured for his second World Series ring. Sure, we're assuming a lot here, especially with the rugged Colorado Rockies standing in the way, but two World Series rings might just put Francona on course for election to the Hall of Fame someday, depending on how the rest of his career goes.
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July 17, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
For being baseball's worst team, the Phillies did not lack for story lines in the season's first half. Between manager Ryne Sandberg's abrupt resignation, incoming president Andy MacPhail's hiring, co-owner John Middleton's coming-out party, Chase Utley's continued decline and Maikel Franco's impressive start, there was plenty to wrap your head around over the season's first three-plus months. Worst of the worst Most losses at the all-star break in Phillies history: Year   Won   Lost   Pct.    2015   29   62   .319    1997   24   61   .282    1945   21   59   .263    1972   31   57   .352    1961   23   55   .295    1969   39   55   .415    1941   20   54   .270    1942   21   54   .280    2014   42   53   .442    1992   36   52   .409    July 31 looms Two weeks from Friday at 4 p.m. remains a benchmark time for a Phillies franchise in transition.
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March 29, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
No current general manager in baseball played the game at its highest level more than Ruben Amaro Jr., and it molded how he evaluates talent. For eight seasons, he was a bench player. He earned $1.25 million in salary. Before that, he was a 23-year-old prospect at single-A Palm Springs. Amaro walked 105 times in 115 games during the 1988 season. He led the California League in walk percentage. "I don't care about walks," Amaro said in January. "I care about production. To be frank with you, I've said this all along.
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April 1, 2011
Inside Role players are crucial for the Phillies. D6.   The Phillies depth chart and roster. D6.   Opening Day Ramon Hernandez hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to lead the Reds to a 7-6 win over the Brewers. D7.   The Yankees beat Detroit, 6-3, on Curtis Granderson's home run in the seventh. D8.
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February 14, 2014
The Phillies' payroll will soar to approximately $189 million this season. Here are the payrolls for the last five seasons, as calculated for luxury-tax purposes (Major League Baseball ranking in parentheses): 2013   $168,569,538 (5) 2012   $174,523,432 (4) 2011   $165,313,989 (3) 2010   $145,539,931 (3) 2009   $138,286,499 (10)
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