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June 26, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
SAN DIEGO Padres bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds, a relief pitcher for the Phillies in 1990 and '91, died Sunday of pancreatic cancer. He was 50. Akerfelds had been bullpen coach for San Diego since June 2001. "Ak was an invaluable member of the Padres coaching staff," manager Bud Black said. "He was a loyal Padre to the end. Players and coaches were made better by Ack. He will be sorely missed. " He was diagnosed with cancer in December 2010. Last season, Akerfelds attended 148 of the 162, games despite undergoing chemotherapy.
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July 20, 2010
1. Trade Jayson Werth. 2. Bring up Domonic Brown from triple-A. 3. Trade for a starting pitcher. 4. Trade for a relief pitcher.
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October 19, 1990 | By Jayson Stark, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was not supposed to work this way - not for the best team in baseball, not for the best relief pitcher in baseball. The best team in baseball, the mighty Oakland A's, didn't get to this point by blowing 4-3 leads in the eighth inning. The best relief pitcher in baseball, the unbeatable Dennis Eckersley, didn't get to be the best by giving up three straight hits to Billy Bates, Chris Sabo and Joe Oliver. But both of those things happened Wednesday night, to the best team in baseball and the best relief pitcher in baseball.
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April 5, 2009 | BY ANDY MARTINO / INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Tonight?s Starting Lineup 39 - Brett Myers, Starting pitcher Can he be more consistent in his walk year, avoiding the prolonged slump of last season? 51 - Carlos Ruiz, Catcher Lauded for his work with the pitching staff, can he hit enough to remain an everyday player? 6 - Ryan Howard, First base Reporting to camp 20 pounds slimmer, he?s out to provide better defense and consistency. 26 - Chase Utley, Second base He?s one of baseball's best players, but how will his surgically repaired hip hold up?
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April 5, 1996 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Bishop Eustace senior Blaine Neal has made an oral commitment to play baseball at Virginia Commonwealth University. A first-team Olympic Conference National Division selection last season, Neal said that VCU offered him a full scholarship, and that he accepted on Monday. According to NCAA rules, a recruit can't sign an official baseball letter of intent until Wednesday. Neal is playing first base this season and also played the outfield last year. He said VCU told him he could play either position in college.
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August 25, 2004 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Julian Tavarez has been suspended 10 days for applying pine tar to baseballs during Friday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Major League Baseball vice president Bob Watson handed down the discipline, the longest in the majors this season. Tavarez will appeal the suspension, the Cardinals said. The righthander said his hat was just dirty because he touches it after every pitch. Houston Astros pitcher Andy Pettitte underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn tendon in his left elbow and should be ready for the start of spring training in February, the team said.
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June 4, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
La Salle was named Monday as the Big Five baseball team of the year. The Explorers' Pat Christensen was pitcher and student-athlete of the year, while Mike Lake received coaching honors for the third time in the last four years. Penn outfielder Ryan Deitrich (Hill School), who led the Big Five and Ivy League in hitting at .382, was named Big Five player of the year. Teammate Mike Vilardo, a second baseman, was rookie of the year. Joining them on the Big Five team was Quakers starting pitcher Dan Gautieri.
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October 6, 1988 | By Jayson Stark, Inquirer Staff Writer
The .366 hitter held the baseball game in his hands. Two out in the ninth. The tying run on second. The winning run on first. The best relief pitcher in baseball stood 60 feet away. The .366 hitter was Wade Boggs. The best relief pitcher in baseball was Dennis Eckersley. The first game of the American League playoffs yesterday came down to one climactic, classic duel between the best. "I was trying to stay away from negative thoughts," said the best relief pitcher in baseball.
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October 17, 1996 | By Andy Wallace, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Tom Ferrick, 81, of Havertown, who spent nearly 60 years in professional baseball as a pitcher, coach and scout, died of heart failure Tuesday at Riddle Memorial Hospital in Lima, Delaware County. Mr. Ferrick had been living at Riddle Village, a life-care community, since April after suffering a stroke, a heart attack and a fractured hip. A righthanded relief pitcher who arrived in the big leagues in 1941 with the Philadelphia Athletics, Mr. Ferrick enjoyed his finest moment in the ninth inning of the third game of the 1950 World Series when, as a relief pitcher, he beat the Phillies for the New York Yankees, 3-2. The Yankees swept the Phillies, winning the series in four games.
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July 27, 2009 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Staff Writer
Aaron says, 'Add an asterisk' For many years Hank Aaron stayed away from offering an opinion on the bulked-up sluggers who were pursuing his home run record, preferring to say simply that he had been clean throughout a Hall of Fame career. But the man who hit 755 career home runs has offered a compromise solution: Let the so-called steroid sluggers into the Hall of Fame, with an asterisk. "The thing is, do you put these guys in, or do you put an asterisk beside their names and say, 'Hey, they did it, but here's why'?"
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January 14, 2015 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
THERE IS a strong argument to be made that the brightest spot on the Phillies' bleak horizon is their bullpen, where last season they received key contributions from four pitchers younger than 28 years old, three of whom averaged at least 8.4 strikeouts-per-nine-innings. But the attrition rate for relievers is something they must consider as they attempt to position the team to contend in 2017 and 2018. No sense in running Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Justin De Fratus into the ground during a last-place campaign, right?
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June 4, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
La Salle was named Monday as the Big Five baseball team of the year. The Explorers' Pat Christensen was pitcher and student-athlete of the year, while Mike Lake received coaching honors for the third time in the last four years. Penn outfielder Ryan Deitrich (Hill School), who led the Big Five and Ivy League in hitting at .382, was named Big Five player of the year. Teammate Mike Vilardo, a second baseman, was rookie of the year. Joining them on the Big Five team was Quakers starting pitcher Dan Gautieri.
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June 26, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
SAN DIEGO Padres bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds, a relief pitcher for the Phillies in 1990 and '91, died Sunday of pancreatic cancer. He was 50. Akerfelds had been bullpen coach for San Diego since June 2001. "Ak was an invaluable member of the Padres coaching staff," manager Bud Black said. "He was a loyal Padre to the end. Players and coaches were made better by Ack. He will be sorely missed. " He was diagnosed with cancer in December 2010. Last season, Akerfelds attended 148 of the 162, games despite undergoing chemotherapy.
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July 20, 2010
1. Trade Jayson Werth. 2. Bring up Domonic Brown from triple-A. 3. Trade for a starting pitcher. 4. Trade for a relief pitcher.
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November 17, 2009 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Andrew Bailey of the Oakland A's, a relative unknown at the beginning of the season, capped a whirlwind year yesterday by being named the American League's rookie of the year. The pitcher, a 2002 graduate of Paul VI High School in Camden County, received 13 of 28 first-place votes for 88 points in the balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus was second with 65 points. For someone not expected to make the team coming out of spring training, Bailey, 25, had quite a year.
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July 27, 2009 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Staff Writer
Aaron says, 'Add an asterisk' For many years Hank Aaron stayed away from offering an opinion on the bulked-up sluggers who were pursuing his home run record, preferring to say simply that he had been clean throughout a Hall of Fame career. But the man who hit 755 career home runs has offered a compromise solution: Let the so-called steroid sluggers into the Hall of Fame, with an asterisk. "The thing is, do you put these guys in, or do you put an asterisk beside their names and say, 'Hey, they did it, but here's why'?"
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April 5, 2009 | BY ANDY MARTINO / INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Tonight?s Starting Lineup 39 - Brett Myers, Starting pitcher Can he be more consistent in his walk year, avoiding the prolonged slump of last season? 51 - Carlos Ruiz, Catcher Lauded for his work with the pitching staff, can he hit enough to remain an everyday player? 6 - Ryan Howard, First base Reporting to camp 20 pounds slimmer, he?s out to provide better defense and consistency. 26 - Chase Utley, Second base He?s one of baseball's best players, but how will his surgically repaired hip hold up?
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July 6, 2008 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The love that the Phillies' bullpen had heard all season from the folks at Citizens Bank Park turned into that familiar chorus of boos last night. J.C. Romero and Tom Gordon combined to allow three runs in the eighth after the Phillies had taken a one-run lead, and the New York Mets went on to a 9-4 victory that broke the Phils' four-game winning streak in front of a sellout crowd of 45,190. Gordon came on for Romero in the eighth with two runners on base but couldn't get out of the jam. Brian Schneider, the third pinch-hitter New York manager Jerry Manuel sent to the plate in the inning, delivered the key blow with a two-out, two-run double that broke a 4-4 tie and gave the Mets the lead for good.
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March 30, 2008 | By Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In 2005, the Cleveland Indians won 93 games. They narrowly missed the playoffs, but still were considered one of baseball's up-and-coming clubs. The Tribe's progress slowed the next season as their win total slipped to 78. In 2007, the Indians rebounded, won 96 games and the American League Central. The Indians' bullpen was a major factor in the team's rise in 2005. It was the only one in the majors that season with a sub-3.00 ERA. The next season, Indians relievers ranked 24th in the majors with a 4.66 ERA. In 2007, the Tribe's pen improved to sixth-best in the majors.
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August 14, 2007 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It is an unlikely and interesting mix that lately has worked. There is Brett Myers, the opening-day starter who has been converted into a closer. There is Tom Gordon, who is trying to find himself while pitching with torn cartilage in his shoulder. There is Antonio Alfonseca, whom no one other than the Florida Marlins really wanted before the season started, and Jose Mesa and J.C. Romero, a pair of castoffs the Phillies claimed off the scrap heap in recent months. And then there is Clay Condrey, who has been back and forth from the minors so many times, he jokes he has enough frequent-flier miles to take a trip to the moon.
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