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April 10, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ROY HALLADAY was at Citizens Bank Park on Monday when he saw his phone buzz. He picked it up and read the incoming message. "You're my hero," the text message read. It was from one of his two sons and Roy Halladay was so impressed and inspired by it that he relayed the very personal, encouraging message to the press corps following the latest discouraging effort on the mound. Following a 7-2 defeat to the New York Mets, a game that saw Halladay out before recording an out in the fifth inning, the 35-year-old pitcher said the 14.73 ERA he is sporting after two starts has nothing to do with his mechanics or his shoulder or his legs or his back.
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March 22, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Roy Halladay threw his regular, in-between-starts bullpen session Wednesday while the vast majority of the Phillies enjoyed a rare day off. It was the first time Halladay took the mound since departing his start Sunday with a stomach illness after just one inning. Halladay said he lost about 10 pounds as a result of the bug, which sapped him of energy and strength before he resumed baseball activities Tuesday. On Wednesday, pitching coach Rich Dubee watched the two-time Cy Young Award winner's mound session.
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May 12, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - A surgeon will cut into Roy Halladay's shoulder Wednesday, one day after the pitcher turns 36. Halladay, a self-labeled optimist, refuses to focus on the possibility he will never pitch again, not for the Phillies or any major-league team. He insists he will return before 2013 is over. "It's too easy to look at the bad stuff," Halladay said. But, if this is how it ends, Halladay had something he wanted to say. He called an impromptu meeting with reporters before Friday's game at Chase Field and spoke for eight minutes.
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April 11, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Charlie Manuel offered a history lesson Tuesday afternoon. He was talking about Roy Halladay, once a Phillies ace but now unrecognizable, and brought up Brad Lidge's name. The former Phillies closer is the quintessential example of Manuel's loyalty. Lidge blew 11 saves in 2009, pitched to a 7.21 ERA, but remained the closer as the Phillies won the pennant. "I looked down there and, to me, Brad Lidge was probably still the best I had," Manuel said. "If I was going to lose the game, it was going to be with Brad Lidge.
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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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March 15, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
TAMPA, Fla. - One of Rich Dubee's favorite sayings is, "He's fine. " The Phillies pitching coach will summon it in any situation - good or bad - when pressed about a particular arm. Dubee has repeated it over and over since Roy Halladay's discouraging Tuesday start. When Halladay displayed similar signs of distress last spring, Dubee said it then, too: "He's fine. " But Dubee knew it was not the truth. Halladay missed seven weeks during the season with back and shoulder issues.
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March 21, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Roy Halladay started on the foul line and jogged toward center field. He was alone Tuesday morning, with only two conditioning coaches to watch his movements on a back field. He repeated his route again and again, jogging in one direction and walking in the other. Less than two weeks until the season starts, this was progress for Halladay. For days, he could not digest any food. A stomach virus cut 10 pounds from his frame. But last Sunday night, when he spoke to Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., Halladay was most upset about his inability to throw more than 25 pitches.
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August 30, 2013 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
ROY HALLADAY'S second major league start 3 months after shoulder surgery is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon against the Cubs. Once again he will have the slight advantage of facing a watered down major league lineup. But If he exhibits the same control of his pitches as he did in Sunday afternoon's start against Arizona, he is again likely to post encouraging numbers and fuel what is shaping up as a lively civic debate: Should the Phillies try to re-sign the man who gave them a discount during his peak years?
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March 5, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. When the Pirates told Charlie Morton to forget everything he ever knew about pitching, it was February 2011, and the 27-year-old righthander was the worst pitcher in baseball. Jim Benedict, a pitching whisperer so revered that the Marlins this winter traded Pittsburgh a minor-league player for the rights to hire him as a vice president, saw Morton straining to be something he was not. "A guy's mechanics on the mound," Benedict told Morton, "are a manifestation of their personality.
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August 21, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MIAMI - The fact that there wasn't only one quintessential Chase Utley moment, but probably closer to a dozen, likely says more about his success and popularity in a Phillies uniform than anything else could. Yesterday, a day after the team traded its iconic second baseman to the Los Angeles Dodgers, manager Pete Mackanin recalled the 2009 World Series, when he finished his first season on the Phillies' coaching staff by watching Utley hit a Series record-tying five home runs against the Yankees.
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August 14, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Columnist
ENJOY THESE resurgent Phillies. Enjoy Odubel Herrera's athletic antics in the outfield. Enjoy Maikel Franco's flashes of brilliance with the glove and the bat. Enjoy Ken Giles' simple cockiness, no doubt sharpened at the feet of an even simpler, cockier mentor. But know this; write it in stone: Promising centerfielders, cornerstone third basemen, and lock-down closers mean nothing without three or four viable starting pitchers. In that area, the Phillies are three or four short.
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July 15, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THERE'S AN OLD "Saturday Night Live" skit in which Jon Lovitz, playing Mephistopheles as a defendant on "The People's Court," explains how he could have tricked an 18-year-old beautician into surrendering her soul to him, "by observing only the letter of the agreement. " "I'll give somebody eternal youth," he says. "Then have them sentenced to life imprisonment. " "It's standard . . . I'm the devil. " If Cole Hamels is still a Phillie on Aug. 1, it will be far from a life sentence and his deal will be far from devilish.
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April 30, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
THE LEGACY of Ruben Amaro Jr. will center not on the three playoff trips or on the Phillies' seventh World Series appearance. Instead, Amaro will be remembered for the crippling contracts given to veterans who failed to produce because of injury, ineptness or age. Some of those contracts went to future Hall of Famers in their twilights - Roy Halladay, Chase Utley, maybe Jimmy Rollins. Others went to unquestioned stars: Ryan Howard, Cliff Lee, streaky Cole Hamels, who has yet to earn a Cy Young Award or even win 20 games.
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April 3, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
THERE HAVE been numerous events that have led to the Phillies' steady decline. From bad contracts to poor drafts to player-personnel fumbles, the Phillies are in major rebuilding mode. Here are just five things that have helped sink the Phils into their current abyss. 1 The event: Ruben Amaro Jr. becomes general manager, Nov. 3, 2008. The setup: The Phillies were coming off a World Series championship when general manager Pat Gillick decided to move into an advisory role.
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March 18, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The toughest part, Roy Halladay said, was the questions he would face after each start. Do you really want to leave? Do you want to go somewhere else? What's it going to be like to leave? Trade rumors followed Halladay throughout his 2009 season with Toronto, just as they have lingered this spring over Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels. Halladay said then he wanted to play for a winner, which is what Hamels told USA Today before reporting to camp. There was a trade market then for Halladay, just as there is one now for Hamels.
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March 18, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Roy Halladay sat on a counter in the back of the press box at Bright House Field, the backs of his knees draped across the edge of the formica, his legs dangling below. He wore a T-shirt and a hat and he rested his sun-tanned forearms on his thighs. The national anthem played and the crowd cheered and a slender lefthanded pitcher strode to the mound. All of this occurred with a two-tiered terrace of working media standing, blocking Halladay's view of the windows that looked out onto the field.
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March 18, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Shortly after he arrived Monday at Bright House Field, Roy Halladay met with Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. They spoke, among other things, about the team's rebuilding efforts. Halladay, in his second spring as a guest instructor in Phillies camp, mentioned Game 5 of the 2011 National League division series (when the Cardinals eliminated the Phillies) as a turning point for both his career and the direction of the organization. The two-time Cy Young Award winner and former Phillies ace feels rebuilding is the right move.
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March 12, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The look was remarkably familiar. Cliff Lee sat in front of his locker stall yesterday afternoon while his teammates took on the Detroit Tigers outside the clubhouse doors. He was in uniform, but in no position to help out. He spoke with an uncertain voice, looked ahead with eyes unsure of what the future held for him in the game he's played, in one way or another, for 3 decades. "It's not a good sign, obviously," Lee said of the same injury that limited him to 13 starts in 2014 returning before he even could begin 2015.
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