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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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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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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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May 21, 2012 | David Gambacorta
There are many things in life that are truly difficult — losing a job, raising a child, dealing with Comcast customer service — but disliking the upstart professional baseball team from the nation's capital is not among them. Even so, if the Nats are to become a true rival to the Phillies, we figured it would be helpful to provide a head start on some good clean hate, a handy reference guide of reasons to despise the unbearable lameness of the Nats — and their ardently indifferent fan base.
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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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February 27, 1997 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Gary Sheffield and the Florida Marlins are negotiating a six-year contract extension that could be worth $60 million to $65 million, baseball sources said yesterday. The deal, likely to be completed during spring training, would start in 1998. Sheffield, 28, will make $6.1 million in 1997, the final season of a four-year pact. A magnetic-resonance-imaging test showed no damage to Barry Bonds' right hip, and the San Francisco outfielder was cleared to resume workouts, a day after he fell down a flight of stairs at his rented house.
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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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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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October 4, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - The crowd in the clubhouse could not disperse fast enough Wednesday when Sam Perlozzo shook Jimmy Rollins' hand. All around them, Phillies players said their goodbyes with hugs or an exchange of phone numbers. Rollins smiled when Perlozzo approached him. Then the first-base coach told him: Minutes earlier, he had lost his job. Rollins' face turned grim. "I'll see you," Perlozzo said. A winter of change commenced at 4:07 p.m. when Michael Martinez flied out to left to seal a 5-1 defeat to Washington at Nationals Park, and these Phillies ended where they began 181 days earlier.
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August 16, 2012 | BY ALEX LEE, Daily News Staff Writer
DRIPPING IN sweat, Temple's reserve quarterback walked off the Owls' practice turf on Monday after a steamy morning under the North Philadelphia sun. After stripping off his helmet, cleats and pads, he let out an exhaustive sigh. "This is a little different than baseball," he said, laughing. "It's a lot of fun being out here, though. " Meet Connor Reilly, Temple's only dual-sport male athlete. In the first week of training camp, Reilly, a 20-year-old sophomore, is trying to work his way up the depth chart at quarterback.
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July 23, 2012 | By Tyler Jett, Inquirer Staff Writer
In his first couple of weeks with the Williamsport Crosscutters, outfielder Larry Greene felt winded and also uncomfortable. Greene, the Phillies' first-round pick last year, didn't sign with the team until August, so this summer marked his first meaningful game action. But he wasn't exactly out of form, Crosscutters manager Andy Tracy said. No, Greene played instructional ball in the fall and was coming off extended spring training when he joined Williamsport in mid-June. He just needed time to adjust to his new surroundings.
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May 21, 2012 | David Gambacorta
There are many things in life that are truly difficult — losing a job, raising a child, dealing with Comcast customer service — but disliking the upstart professional baseball team from the nation's capital is not among them. Even so, if the Nats are to become a true rival to the Phillies, we figured it would be helpful to provide a head start on some good clean hate, a handy reference guide of reasons to despise the unbearable lameness of the Nats — and their ardently indifferent fan base.
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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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