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April 24, 2000 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Shortstop Vaughn Schill, The Inquirer's 1996 South Jersey player of the year from Audubon, has retired from professional baseball. Schill, 22, was selected in the fourth round of last year's major-league draft by Seattle, the 125th player taken. This spring, Schill was playing with the Lancaster JetHawks, the Mariners' affiliate in the Class A California League. Schill played in just six of the first 11 games and batted .250 (4 for 16) with no RBIs before announcing his retirement last week.
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July 2, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
READING, Pa. - Dusty Wathan was entering the ninth grade when his father became manager of the Kansas City Royals. John Wathan had retired just 16 months earlier. He made an almost seamless transition from Royals player to manager. It was no surprise, Dusty Wathan thought. His father had been working at Royals Stadium for almost Dusty Wathan's entire life. And now his dad was the manager. And Wathan, who is chasing his own major-league coaching dreams, would soon find out that his father's quick path was far from the norm.
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April 29, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Alex Polanco was trying too hard to hit a home run. "Every time, I'm trying to hit a home run," Polanco said the other day, after Pennsauken's surprising baseball team stunned perennial power Shawnee by a 7-4 score and seized first place in the Olympic Conference Patriot Division. "That's not good. I need to try to hit a line drive. " Polanco can be excused for swinging for the fences. It's that extra effort that has transformed him as an athlete, student, and young man. A strapping senior and South Jersey's leader in home runs, he barely resembles the skinny, scared, and heartsick freshman who came to Pennsauken from the Dominican Republic in 2008, after the death of his mother.
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October 28, 1992 | Daily News Wire Services
Dorothy M. "Dottie" Green, a professional baseball player with the women's league that was the subject of the film "A League of Their Own," died Monday at age 71 in Natick, Mass. Green played catcher for four seasons with the Rockford (Ill.) Peaches of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which began in 1943. The competition "taught us so much," she told the Middlesex News, of Framingham, Mass., in July. Later, as a captain of the guards at the state prison at Framingham, she said: "I never would have been able to handle that without the training I got" on the ballfield.
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June 30, 1995 | By Brian Miller, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Brett Illig is going pro. The shortstop for Phoenixville High, the Pioneer Athletic Conference and District 1 Class AAA champion, signed a contract last night to play professional baseball in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. The Dodgers selected Illig, 17, in the 22d round of the major-league draft June 2. In November, Illig gave Mississippi State University, a Division I school, an oral commitment to attend. After the draft, he wrestled with his decision on his future for most of June, knowing that 12:01 a.m. today was his deadline.
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September 5, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Camden Riversharks, the independent professional baseball team that has played at the city's waterfront Campbell's Field for 15 years, may leave next season, according to sources familiar with the matter. Two people with knowledge of the situation said Camden County officials were working to bring in a team with a major-league affiliation next year. No agreement is in place for the Riversharks to play at Campbell's Field next season. The team and the county are in negotiations.
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December 13, 1995 | By Brian Miller, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
For the first time since he was a child, Joe Troilo won't be playing basketball this winter. The Kennett senior was good enough to start for the Blue Demons, too. Instead, Troilo will work out with weights and sharpen his baseball skills for the spring. So Kennett's loss on the hardwood should be a gain for the high school's baseball team. And Old Dominion University figures to prosper, too, because Troilo recently accepted a four-year baseball scholarship to the NCAA Division I school.
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July 2, 2010 | By Lou Rabito, Inquirer Staff Writer
Baseball or football? For Matt Szczur, Villanova's two-sport standout, the short-term answer is both. Szczur, who will be a senior, has signed a contract with the Chicago Cubs that will allow him to play for the Wildcats' football team this fall, the university announced Thursday. As a junior, Szczur helped Villanova win the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision title by rushing for a career-best 159 yards in a 23-21 victory over Montana in the final. The all-purpose player was named the Division I-AA title game's most outstanding player.
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February 21, 1986 | By BILL CONLIN, Daily News Sports Writer
Yo, Adrian, who's the little guy with the Rocky Balboa body and Johnny Bench arm who's been hanging around with the baseball players at the Carpenter Complex this week? Yo, yourself. First, he's not so little. Stretch his 5-8, 180-pound frame out to 6-2 and he would still be built like a middle linebacker - which is what he played while weighing 165 pounds at Washington Township High School, just a catcher's throw to second from the Sewell, N.J., home of Phils assistant to the president Paul Owens.
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June 30, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Phillies selected Aaron Nola with the seventh overall pick in the draft earlier this month, some projected a flawless transition to professional baseball, a dominant college pitcher using the minor leagues as a pit stop. Not so fast, the Phillies say. In his first professional start Monday, Nola struggled. Pitching with a three-inning limit, he was fine for the first two before running into trouble in the third. He gave up five runs in the inning, four of which were earned.
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July 31, 2016 | Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Remember David Buchanan? He was named the International League's pitcher of the week after allowing just two runs in his last three starts. The righthander struck out 13 batters and walked six over the 22-inning stretch. He has a 4.05 ERA this season in 19 starts. Buchanan will have a good chance of starting for the Phillies in September as the team could be forced to shut down some of its young pitchers because of innings constraints. . . . Darin Ruf hit his team-leading 13th homer on Tuesday night.
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July 2, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
READING, Pa. - Dusty Wathan was entering the ninth grade when his father became manager of the Kansas City Royals. John Wathan had retired just 16 months earlier. He made an almost seamless transition from Royals player to manager. It was no surprise, Dusty Wathan thought. His father had been working at Royals Stadium for almost Dusty Wathan's entire life. And now his dad was the manager. And Wathan, who is chasing his own major-league coaching dreams, would soon find out that his father's quick path was far from the norm.
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March 26, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, Staff Writer
It soon will be an exciting and possibly nerve-wracking time at the Jones household in Langhorne. Holy Ghost Prep's Nolan Jones, a steadily rising shortstop with natural hitting power and arm strength, is a possible first-round selection in Major League Baseball's amateur draft on June 9. And his older brother, Peyton, a standout goaltender for the United States Hockey League's Lincoln (Neb.) Stars, may hear his name called when the NHL draft takes place two weeks later. Peyton Jones, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound netminder in his second year of junior hockey, has committed to play at Penn State next season.
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September 5, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Camden Riversharks, the independent professional baseball team that has played at the city's waterfront Campbell's Field for 15 years, may leave next season, according to sources familiar with the matter. Two people with knowledge of the situation said Camden County officials were working to bring in a team with a major-league affiliation next year. No agreement is in place for the Riversharks to play at Campbell's Field next season. The team and the county are in negotiations.
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June 12, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tyler Phillips was downstairs in his house in Lumberton, playing Xbox. He wasn't paying attention to the Major League Baseball draft. "I was just trying to relax," Phillips said. One telephone call ended that. Phillips, a senior at Bishop Eustace Prep, received word Wednesday that he had been selected by the Texas Rangers in the 16th round. "It hit me hard," Phillips said. "The guy (Rangers scout) said, 'You watching the draft?' "I told him I wasn't. He said, 'C'mon, Ty. We just picked you.' " Phillips said he "was expecting" to get selected on Tuesday, when rounds 3-10 were held.
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May 17, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
Pennsauken senior catcher Heriberto Vega doesn't hesitate when asked how often he thinks about the coming Major League Baseball first-year player draft. "I think about it every day," he said. "It is something I always dreamed about. " The draft is June 8-10 and there are countless players who have the same dream as Vega. Many of the drafted players will face difficult odds. Even first-round picks aren't assured of success. So while it's good to have a dream, making the jump from high school or even college to professional baseball remains a daunting task.
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June 30, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Phillies selected Aaron Nola with the seventh overall pick in the draft earlier this month, some projected a flawless transition to professional baseball, a dominant college pitcher using the minor leagues as a pit stop. Not so fast, the Phillies say. In his first professional start Monday, Nola struggled. Pitching with a three-inning limit, he was fine for the first two before running into trouble in the third. He gave up five runs in the inning, four of which were earned.
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September 26, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Roy Halladay will get another job in the major leagues. A pitcher with more than 200 career wins and a Cy Young Award on his resumé gets plenty of chances to prove he is no longer that same guy. Someone will sign Halladay as a free agent this offseason, because a talent like his is hard to find and, for many baseball franchises, money isn't. Even though Halladay stood on the mound in Miami on Monday night, flushed and tired after throwing 16 pitches, sweating like a condemned man, he will work again.
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February 2, 2013 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two crossed bats and the words "The Father of Baseball" are inscribed on the marble pedestal at West Laurel Hill Cemetery that supports a 6-foot-6 bronze likeness of Harry Wright. Several hundred miles from that Bala Cynwyd hillside, in Middlesex, Mass., the simple headstone marking the final resting place of Wright's younger brother, George, notes merely his name and life span. Though considerable gaps in taste and distance separate their grave sites, the Wrights remain an unbreakable tandem in baseball history.
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December 31, 2012 | Associated Press
CARACAS, Venezuela - Former Phillies relief pitcher Ugueth Urbina returned to baseball over the weekend after serving 7 1/2 years in prison for the attempted murder of five workers on his family's ranch. Before taking the field in his native Venezuela to play for the Lions of Caracas, Urbina described himself as "more mature" and said he was "very excited to play baseball again. " "I'm excited to be here," Urbina told reporters at the University Stadium in Caracas, where the Lions played the Zulia Eagles.
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