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June 6, 1989 | By Gary Miles and Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writers
When Gary Scott accepted a partial scholarship to play baseball at Villanova three years ago, Wildcats coach George Bennett hoped that the hard- hitting third baseman from Westchester County, N.Y., would be gone before his senior year. And he will be. Scott, a junior, was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the second round of yesterday's annual major-league amateur draft. Scott was the eighth player selected in the second round and the 37th pick overall. Two of Scott's teammates, senior pitcher Rafael Novoa and outfielder Mike Wismer, also were drafted, according to Bennett.
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April 10, 1995 | By Frank Bertucci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It was no secret that senior Chris Donlen would contribute to Neshaminy's 1995 baseball season on the pitching mound. After all, he's been part of the Redskins' rotation since his sophomore year. Neshaminy is already 6-0 this season, 3-0 in the Suburban One National Conference, after Thursday's 6-3 home win over Bensalem, and Donlen has a 2-0 record. What was not expected was the emergence of Donlen as a power hitter. He has hit three home runs this season, which is three more than he'd ever hit before for Neshaminy.
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May 18, 1986 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
West Deptford High's Jerry Chaput is South Jersey's version of Kirby Puckett. He is short on size, long on power. "He doesn't look like a long-ball hitter," said second-year West Deptford coach Jim O'Brien, "but . . . " But the stats don't lie. In 16 games, the righthanded-hitting Chaput has slammed seven homers - more than any other player in South Jersey. The 5-foot-7, 145-pound senior shortstop is hitting .439 and is one of the reasons the Eagles (9-7) have qualified for the South Jersey Group 3 tournament for the first time since 1976.
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October 21, 1999 | By Bill Iezzi, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
When Rich Kratz watched Central Bucks East defeat Pennsbury last year to capture a share of the Suburban One League National Conference volleyball title, he was impressed by the contribution of power hitter Jackie Dunlop. Kratz, who was the boys' junior varsity volleyball coach at C.B. East, noted that Dunlop may have been short for a front-row player, but she could jump high enough to slam the ball, and she knew where to place it. However, her biggest attribute, in his estimation, was her consistency.
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March 29, 2001 | By Rich Fisher INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
During Jim Fasano's freshman year, which was spent playing for the Hatboro-Horsham junior varsity baseball team, he was taking batting practice and concentrating on hitting the ball up the middle, just as he was taught. Junior varsity coach Bob Vivian delivered a pitch, then stood helplessly as Fasano ripped a line drive through the protective screen and off Vivian's ribs. "I started laughing until I saw him laying on the ground," Fasano said. "Then I wasn't too happy. I was happy I hit the ball, but I didn't want to hit him in the ribs.
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April 3, 1998 | By Brian Miller, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It was suggested to Phoenixville's Dave Bodick that if the baseball season ended today, he would be everybody's player of the year. "Ah, man, don't say that," said the senior, who doesn't want to even get close to being jinxed while he's on a hot streak. "I mean, I'm still not a home-run hitter. " Well, Bodick sure seems to be one. The season is only four games old, but Bodick's homer in the visiting Phantoms' 18-7 rout of Spring-Ford yesterday was his fourth of the season.
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June 21, 2004 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Phillies righthander Vicente Padilla had been scheduled to return to the Phillies rotation on Friday in Boston. If everything went well last night in Moosic, Pa., that is. It appears it didn't. Padilla, who has been on the disabled list since May 30 with tendinitis in his right biceps, made a rehab start for triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but left the game after just 33 pitches with elbow soreness. He will be evaluated today. There was no other information available, and it was not clear how the soreness might affect his return.
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March 17, 1987
Lance Parrish, an American League superstar for many years, is a valuable acquisition by the Phillies on two counts - as an excellent catcher and also as a power hitter who can drive the ball out of the park. A big question mark, though, is his back. It troubled him last year with the Detroit Tigers, and he wisely cut his season short in August to give it what doctors recommended: a good rest. Thus Phillies president Bill Giles can't really be blamed for hedging his bet. The contract calls for Mr. Parrish to receive at least $800,000 this season.
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September 21, 2000 | By Ira Josephs, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Springfield volleyball coach Bridget Scanlon picked up the phone, and the Cougars picked up their play. Last Thursday's practice wasn't inspired, so Scanlon decided to call each of her players at home that evening. Lower Merion was the opponent the next day. "We had been having bad practices," Scanlon said. "After I left practice [last] Thursday, I felt bummed out. I called each of them and told them, 'We have to put that aside.' I don't think the phone call made them win or lose, but it gave them a boost.
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August 12, 2006 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Dallas Green, the only manager to guide the Phillies to a World Series title in the team's 124-year history, was inducted in the Phils' Wall of Fame before last night's game at Citizens Bank Park against the Cincinnati Reds. Green became the 28th Phillie enshrined since the Wall of Fame's inception in 1978. Helping honor Green last night were fellow Wall of Fame inductees Robin Roberts, Jim Bunning, Dick Allen, Greg Luzinski, Garry Maddox, Tony Taylor and Bob Boone. Green was 169-130 in parts of three seasons with the Phillies and led the team to the 1980 World Series championship.
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December 16, 2012
In my last column I wrote that this was the winter of our discontent and that Super Squibb's Wing Bowl 21 bid was our only chance for a true champion in this city. Since that time just 2 weeks ago, somehow things seem to have become remarkably brighter. The rapid development of Nick Foles, Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox has given Eagles fans a reason to at least dream that they might live to see the Lombardi Trophy paraded down Broad Street. Sixers fans have seen the emergence of Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner as two young stars who just might lead us to another deep run in the playoffs, even though it's beginning to look like there's a better chance that Moses Malone will play center for us this season than Andrew Bynum.
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September 20, 2012 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer
NEW YORK - On Friday night in Houston, with Minute Maid Park more than three-quarters empty and the first pitch still more than an hour away, Domonic Brown turned on a batting-practice fastball. He used his 6-5 frame to take a full-extension swing. The follow-through was reminiscent of Ken Griffey Jr. The ball landed in the second deck in rightfield. A few hours later, he repeated the swing in the seventh inning, depositing a ball deep into the rightfield seats to give the Phillies two insurance runs in an eventual 12-6 victory.
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June 15, 2011
A MAN does not become one of the great contact hitters of his age by accident. Neither, it turns out, does a boy. Placido Polanco knew two things before anyone else, it seems: that he would earn the grades in high school necessary to get a scholarship to play baseball at an American college, and that he would adopt an approach to hitting that would maximize his chances of succeeding. The dream was always twinned with a scheme. "When I was a kid, I knew I wasn't going to be a power hitter," Polanco said.
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May 31, 2011 | by Ed Barkowitz, o email
LEHIGH VALLEY (AAA) IronPigsBaseball.com/610-841-7447 Tonight: at Gwinnett, 7:05 Tomorrow: at Gwinnett, 7:05 Thursday: at Gwinnett, 7:05 Friday: at Charlotte, 7:15 Saturday: at Charlotte, 7:15 Sunday: at Charlotte, 2:15 Monday: at Charlotte, 7:15 READING (AA) ReadingPhillies.com/610-375-8469 Tonight: vs. Akron, 6:35 Tomorrow: vs. Akron, 2:05 Thursday: vs. Akron, 9:35 a.m. Friday: at Richmond, 7:05 Saturday: at Richmond, 7:05 Sunday: at Richmond, 2:05 Monday: vs. Trenton, 7:05 CLEARWATER (A)
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May 13, 2011
HOW BREAKABLE? While Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak is arguably the most unbreakable single-season record in baseball, we found 10 other records, from 1901 on, that are going to be hard to top. The comments below are provided by Sports Illustrated senior editor Kostya Kennedy, the author of the new book, "56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports. " BATTING AVERAGE Record: .426 Set by: Nap Lajoie in 1901. Closest since: Rogers Hornsby with .423 in 1924.
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March 27, 2011 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The man Ryan Howard put out of a job in Philadelphia six years ago can relate to the pressure of being a team's power hitter. "I think the one thing you really learn to appreciate is when you have really good hitters around you, like [Chase] Utley and [Jayson] Werth," Jim Thome said. "That's the one thing I can say through my career. Having guys around you that are good players, they make you better, and you're pushing them to be better. " It was an interesting assessment from the slugger now in the twilight of his career with the Minnesota Twins, because we all know that for the last half decade Howard has been baseball's quintessential power hitter - with some sensational complementary parts around him. Despite only briefly being teammates with Howard, Thome has admired the Phillies cleanup hitter from afar.
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March 26, 2011 | By Bob Brookover, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The man who Ryan Howard put out of a job in Philadelphia six years ago can relate to the pressure of being a team's power hitter. "I think the one thing you really learn to appreciate is when you have really good hitters around you, like [Chase] Utley and [Jayson] Werth," Jim Thome said. "That's the one thing I can say through my career. Having guys around you that are good players, they make you better, and you're pushing them to be better. " It was an interesting assessment from the slugger now in the twilight of his career with the Minnesota Twins, because we all know that for the last half decade Howard has been baseball's quintessential power hitter - with some sensational complementary parts around him. Despite only briefly being teammates with Howard, Thome has admired the Phillies cleanup hitter from afar.
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February 24, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Hall of Famer began with a compliment. "Maybe the best ever," Mike Schmidt said of these Phillies. For a few minutes, Schmidt considered whether he had seen a better starting rotation in baseball. He concluded he had not. Then he questioned the one unit that could ruin it. "With the exception of a few guys, I think they underachieved as hitters last year," said Schmidt, who attends spring training annually as a guest instructor. He called out Jimmy Rollins, saying he needs to be more "Pete Rose-like," and wondered why Shane Victorino was trying to be a power hitter.
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February 24, 2011 | By DAVID MURPHY, dmurphy@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The way some people talk, you'd be more likely to catch Charlie Manuel manufacturing crystal meth than you would catch him manufacturing a run. So you understand when the veteran manager feels the need to explain some of the calls he makes - or doesn't make - during his operation of the Phillies' offense. Yesterday was one of those times. Early in the day, Phillies legend and Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt told the media he felt his old ballclub needed to do a better job of playing small ball and lessen its reliance on home runs.
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March 26, 2010 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's not always the biggest players who make the best power hitters, as Washington Township's Nick Favatella demonstrated last year. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior shortstop went on a power surge, hitting nine home runs while driving in 26 runs and earning Inquirer first-team all-South Jersey honors. Favatella is much more than a power hitter. He batted .556 and had a .686 on-base percentage, but his propensity to go deep added another dimension to his game. "He is strong as an ox, he works out a lot and has a lot of bat speed," Washington Township coach Bill Alvaro said in explaining Favatella's power.
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