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August 20, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
OVER THE last couple of months, no player on the Phillies' roster has done more to improve his stock than Ben Revere. In an outfield that features a steady, four-man rotation on the corners, Revere has moved from sharing time with John Mayberry Jr. and Grady Sizemore to one of the hottest components of the lineup. Between July 22 and the start of play yesterday, Revere was hitting .382 with an .824 OPS, moving his average from .292 to .314, the second-best mark in the National League behind Justin Morneau's .323.
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August 17, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO - There will come a point, Ryne Sandberg said, when the Phillies manager can discuss a playing-time strategy with his boss, Ruben Amaro Jr. At least, that is what Sandberg expects. The Phillies entered Friday on pace for 71 wins; their odds at a postseason berth were calculated at 0.2 percent, according to FanGraphs.com, but not small enough to force Amaro into a conversation about the future. "Not yet," Sandberg said. He laughed. "So the challenge continues. " The manager's position is not an enviable one. He must balance expensive contracts with sensitive personalities and executives' wishes.
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November 25, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - Ryne Sandberg needs a ride. His wife, Margaret, reserved the light blue SUV, the couple's lone vehicle at this moment - for errands on a serene autumn afternoon in the desert. Sandberg examines the 19 olive trees that line his property. They are blooming. Their pilfered seeds blacken the grass because, wouldn't you know it, the Sandbergs have a quail problem. Errant golf balls sometimes litter the immaculate backyard. The 13th hole sits a short wedge beyond Sandberg's fence.
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October 21, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ryne Sandberg will make his second big-league debut with the Phillies in April and it will be fascinating to see where this career path leads him. The last time Sandberg debuted in a Phillies uniform, he was a 21-year-old infielder launching what became a Hall of Fame career. It became a painful experience for the Phillies and their fans to witness. Sandberg's resumé was crafted in Chicago after Cubs general manager Dallas Green persuaded his former team to "throw in" the young infielder as part of a deal that shipped shortstop Larry Bowa out of Philadelphia.
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February 18, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - There is a Hall of Fame second baseman in camp with the Phillies, and Chase Utley is well aware of the man's presence. "I'd be dumb not to pick his brain," Utley said. So Utley and Ryne Sandberg will talk often, Utley promised. Outside observers would say there are plenty of similarities between the players. They hadn't met before this spring, but Sandberg's hiring as the franchise's triple-A manager created an opportunity. During spring training, Sandberg will work with the major-leaguers in camp before heading off to Allentown.
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March 17, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
TAMPA, Fla. - Concerns come and go in spring training. One day you're worried about Michael Young's defense at third base and the next your focus is on Roy Halladay's velocity and command. We'll get a better idea about Halladay's issues Sunday when he pitches against the Baltimore Orioles at Bright House Field. As for Young's defense, it's officially OK to stop worrying about it. Young, acquired in a trade from the Texas Rangers in December, had started just 64 games at third base the last two seasons and made 19 errors in his last full season at the position, 2010.
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October 23, 2012
WHEN I WAS hired at this place, way back in 1992, the sports editor painted me a rosy picture. I could write features for a while, cover baseball for a while, and when the columnist nearing retirement age got there, why I could slip right into that spot if I showed the right stuff. I wound up earning the position, which is the way you want get a job anyway. Last month, I got a call from the local sportstalk station, WIP, which said it had lost its pooh-bah, or at least it thought it had, and would I like to try the gig. I said sure, what the hey, but after a few weeks someone asked (begged?
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August 18, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ryne Sandberg is ready to return to the big leagues. "Oh, I'm ready," the Hall of Fame second baseman said last week as he sat in the dugout at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown. "In my mind, I'm ready for a major-league opportunity. " Good luck trying to find somebody who does not agree. Sandberg has spent six seasons as a minor-league manager, including the last two with the Phillies' triple-A Lehigh Valley affiliate, and the time has come for him to take the next step. You won't hear Sandberg say that.
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August 23, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last September was a time for experimentation. Ryne Sandberg was an interim manager. He started infielder Cesar Hernandez 22 times in center field. He flipped Darin Ruf to right field for 11 starts and played him every day in various positions. He acclimated Cody Asche, a rookie third baseman, to the majors. This September? The plan is muddled. The potential additions from the minors - with Maikel Franco the exception - are familiar names. How Sandberg juggles veterans with the desire to see other players remains to be seen.
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October 5, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first step toward Ryne Sandberg's becoming the next manager of the Philadelphia Phillies was put into motion Thursday when the Hall of Fame second baseman was named the team's third-base coach and infield instructor. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. denied that was the intent after he recited the myriad changes to the coaching staff following the .500 season that ended the Phillies' run of five straight National League East titles. "We've made no promises to Ryne Sandberg," Amaro said.
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August 26, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
IN THE SPAN of exactly a month, Jerome Williams was released from one losing team and designated for assignment by another, so not much was expected when the Phillies claimed the righthander off waivers 2 weeks ago yesterday. But ever since joining the club, Williams has showcased stuff that could certainly find a home in the back end of Philadelphia's 2015 rotation. Williams, a jovial 32-year-old journeyman from Hawaii, threw eight innings of one-run baseball yesterday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park to help the last-place Phillies (58-72)
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August 26, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Shut up and play. Be quiet and pitch. That's the free advice being offered here to all Phillies players and pitchers - especially the younger ones - who want to gripe about how they are being used by manager Ryne Sandberg. This comes up now because of passive-aggressive complaints lodged by Domonic Brown and David Buchanan after Saturday's 12-inning loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park. After allowing a sixth-inning run to score on an inexplicable throwing error, Brown decided to use lack of playing time as an excuse for his below-average outfield play.
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August 26, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
If you put together a pie chart that divvied up the percentage of blame for this hideous Phillies season, you'd have to find a share for Ryne Sandberg. As the losses have mounted, the grumbling about the manager has grown larger and louder inside and outside the clubhouse. "That's just a normal reaction," said Larry Bowa, the manager's bench coach and close friend. How much blame you want to pin on Sandberg is all a matter of opinion. You could argue that he leaves his starters in too long at times or that he has let lefthanded relievers Mario Hollands and Jake Diekman face too many righthanded hitters.
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August 25, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ryne Sandberg tried everything, but even using every single position player and each reliever wasn't enough to hold off the St. Louis Cardinals. Matt Carpenter's 12th inning sacrifice fly was the difference during Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park. Sandberg was managing this like it was the seventh game of the World Series. For instance Chase Utley started at second moved to first and went back to second. It was his first time at first base since May 6, 2008.
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August 25, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Infielder Freddy Galvis, whose season was delayed when he contracted MRSA in March, was recalled by the Phillies from triple-A Lehigh Valley. The Phillies designated infielder Reid Brignac for assignment. The fact that Galvis is a switch-hitter factored in the decision. Brignac bats lefthanded. "With our infield being lefthanded hitters and Reid being a lefthanded bat, it was tough to get him some spots," manager Ryne Sandberg said before Saturday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the St. Louis Cardinals.
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August 24, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phillies leftfielder Domonic Brown is attempting to take his decreased playing time in stride. Brown, who has also missed time in two different periods with tonsillitis, has been in the starting lineup for 95 of 128 games, including Friday's matchup with the St. Louis Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park. Yet he has started just 23 games combined in July and August after averaging 24 starts in each of the previous three months. "It's difficult to get into a rhythm when you are not playing every day, but I am taking what they give me and making sure I am ready to go," Brown said before Friday's game.
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August 23, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last September was a time for experimentation. Ryne Sandberg was an interim manager. He started infielder Cesar Hernandez 22 times in center field. He flipped Darin Ruf to right field for 11 starts and played him every day in various positions. He acclimated Cody Asche, a rookie third baseman, to the majors. This September? The plan is muddled. The potential additions from the minors - with Maikel Franco the exception - are familiar names. How Sandberg juggles veterans with the desire to see other players remains to be seen.
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August 22, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
AS THE Philadelphia region prepared itself for the main event of the day's sporting schedule, a Little League game played out during a long inning at Citizens Bank Park on yesterday afternoon. And not of the high-caliber kind that's being played this week in Williamsport. More of the endless, error-filled brand of ball found at your local recreation league fields each weekend in the spring. The fourth inning of a matinee between the Phillies and Seattle Mariners featured a wild pitch, a passed ball, two errors, Cole Hamels' pitch count nearing 90, and one baserunner caught between third and home when his teammate missed a bunt sign.
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August 22, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Ryne Sandberg came to the postgame podium Wednesday wearing a Little League shirt and hat - a homage to the Mid-Atlantic champion Taney team from Philadelphia. It was certainly a nice gesture, but feel free to insert your own punch line about that not being much different from any other day during this lost season. "We all played Little League. It's getting back to the basics of baseball," Sandberg said after the Phillies slipped past the Mariners, 4-3. The basics of baseball were nowhere to be found in Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday, however, as the teams combined for two errors, three wild pitches, a passed ball, a botched suicide squeeze, and a bunch of catches in the outfield that looked like magic tricks.
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August 22, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
A.J. BURNETT'S answer wasn't definitive, but it did reinforce the widely held belief that the veteran pitcher would lean toward retirement when the 2014 season ends. After taking the mound for his 27th start of the season on Tuesday night, Burnett earned himself a half-million dollars (a performance bonus in his contract) and set himself up to make $1.5 million more for next year, too. Burnett's player option for the 2015 season can increase twice more this season if and when he reaches 30 and 32 starts on the season.
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