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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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July 22, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies made three roster moves before Monday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the San Francisco Giants. The most difficult move was designating outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. for assignment. Just last month, Gwynn's father, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, died. "It was tough with Tony with everything he's gone through," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said before the game. "He's a very professional guy, a terrific teammate, so it's tough. " Sandberg said that Gwynn could still remain with the organization.
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July 26, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ryne Sandberg deemed a meeting with Ryan Howard necessary after the first-year Phillies manager posted a lineup for the second straight day that reinforced Howard's status as the most expensive platoon player in baseball history. Sandberg explained to his $125 million first baseman why a career .328 hitter against Giants starter Tim Hudson, in 80 plate appearances, was again benched. Howard was not receptive to the idea. Howard, who answered questions about his new reality for 10 minutes Wednesday, declined to speak Thursday after a 2-1 win over San Francisco.
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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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July 27, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies billed Friday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the Arizona Diamondbacks as Christmas in July, and the person getting the perfect stocking stuffer was shortstop Jimmy Rollins. With his second plate appearance in the 9-5 Phillies win, Rollins guaranteed his $11 million option for 2015, so long as he is not on the disabled list at the end of the year. He now has 437 plate appearances after going 0 for 5. While Rollins reached a financial mark, a number of his teammates came up big in helping the Phillies earn their second consecutive win. Grady Sizemore led off the bottom of the first inning with a single to center field, his 1,000th career hit. Sizemore would add hits 1,001 and 1,002, both doubles.
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July 29, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies won, 4-2, Sunday when Ryan Howard was out at home by 12 feet. He never touched the plate at Citizens Bank Park. He was safe because Miguel Montero did not adhere to Rule 7.13 - the Arizona catcher blocked the plate without the ball - and impeded Howard's path. Never mind that Howard did not run full speed around the bases while Marlon Byrd's lazy fly ball hung in the sky in the sixth inning. Howard said he watched third-base coach Pete Mackanin, who waved him home once Diamondbacks second baseman Didi Gregorius dropped the ball.
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July 29, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The slog to 4 p.m. Thursday is unrelenting. With every game, there is another Phillies trade asset who dilutes his trade value. A.J. Burnett, a 37-year-old righthander who is not integral to this franchise's future, flailed through five innings of a 7-1 loss to the Mets and permitted seven runs Monday night. Ruben Amaro Jr. promised changes earlier this month, and now the general manager has less than three days until the deadline to enact said change. Such a movement appears rather difficult; the Phillies player with the best odds of landing elsewhere is lefthanded reliever Antonio Bastardo.
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July 29, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Ryne Sandberg doesn't waste too much brain space on thinking about what could happen in the hours leading up to Thursday's 4 p.m. nonwaiver trade deadline. In the modern day of instantaneous reporting, with the rumor du jour (translation: day) from 10 years ago becoming the rumor d'huere (translation: hour) in the Twitter era, there is certainly a lot of nonsense to sift through. Sandberg doesn't bother, and he wants to make sure his players aren't sucked in, either.
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July 29, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Five nights earlier, A.J. Burnett stood in the center of the home clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park and was asked if the eight shutout innings he just had thrown were likely his last in a Phillies uniform. Burnett politely declined to entertain such questions. He fancies himself as a team-first player and plays the part well, too. The fact is Burnett, like many a Phillies veteran players, has a contract that makes him difficult to trade. A little more than a month after his 37th birthday, Burnett signed a somewhat complicated contract that guaranteed him $22.5 million, but included the option to make as much as $12.75 million in 2016, too. Most contending teams prefer to deal for players with controllable or expiring contracts.
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July 28, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
AND ON the third day, Ryan Howard rested. Again. After Howard was held out of the Phillies lineup in each of the two previous games against the San Francisco Giants, manager Ryne Sandberg kept the former MVP in the dugout again last night against lefthander Wade Miley and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Howard appeared to be a little more than unhappy on Thursday afternoon. But yesterday, he was a bit more upbeat as he walked out of the clubhouse before batting practice. The length of his stay out of the lineup is unknown, as Sandberg continues to say he writes out his lineup "on a day-to-day" basis.
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July 28, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
IF BEING around the same group of people, at home and on the road, in the dugout, clubhouse and on charter planes, makes a baseball team one big family, relievers are its band of brothers. They have their own hideout in every ballpark they enter - the bullpen, a place to mess around like a bunch of kids in a treehouse. They hang out together, joke around with one another, and like nothing less than to give up a fellow pitcher's runs. Antonio Bastardo did that last night. The veteran lefthander entered a game with the bases loaded but with a healthy lead.
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July 27, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies billed Friday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the Arizona Diamondbacks as Christmas in July, and the person getting the perfect stocking stuffer was shortstop Jimmy Rollins. With his second plate appearance in the 9-5 Phillies win, Rollins guaranteed his $11 million option for 2015, so long as he is not on the disabled list at the end of the year. He now has 437 plate appearances after going 0 for 5. While Rollins reached a financial mark, a number of his teammates came up big in helping the Phillies earn their second consecutive win. Grady Sizemore led off the bottom of the first inning with a single to center field, his 1,000th career hit. Sizemore would add hits 1,001 and 1,002, both doubles.
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July 26, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
When the end is near, it's always interesting to look back at the beginning. Nobody is sure that the end is near for Ryan Howard, and the educated guess here is that it is not. All we know for certain is that the second-most-prolific slugger in Phillies history was benched by manager Ryne Sandberg in the final two games of a series against the San Francisco Giants. That's what you have to call it when a player making $25 million is not in the lineup for a second straight game, even though the opposing pitcher - in this case, Tim Hudson - is a righthander who has been roughed up by Howard through the course of their careers.
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July 26, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ryne Sandberg deemed a meeting with Ryan Howard necessary after the first-year Phillies manager posted a lineup for the second straight day that reinforced Howard's status as the most expensive platoon player in baseball history. Sandberg explained to his $125 million first baseman why a career .328 hitter against Giants starter Tim Hudson, in 80 plate appearances, was again benched. Howard was not receptive to the idea. Howard, who answered questions about his new reality for 10 minutes Wednesday, declined to speak Thursday after a 2-1 win over San Francisco.
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July 25, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
A father played catch with his son Tuesday afternoon on the Citizens Bank Park grass. This was hours before Ryan Howard struck out with the winning run on third base and one out in the ninth inning; before San Francisco chose to intentionally walk Chase Utley in the 11th to face Howard, who grounded out; before manager Ryne Sandberg benched Howard on Wednesday for Darin Ruf. "Here comes the knuckleball," Howard said. Darian, 13, caught it, and smiled. He tossed the ball back to his father.
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