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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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April 17, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
B.J. Rosenberg retreated early Tuesday morning to his South Jersey residence, turned on the TV, and flipped to A&E. The channel showed two hours of Duck Dynasty repeats. "I stayed away from all the sports networks," the Phillies pitcher said. This was catharsis. Relievers often preach the value of zero short-term memory. That was essential Tuesday for Rosenberg, who, after making two sterling appearances in two days, hurled one of the worst relief outings in baseball history.
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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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April 18, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
AGUY LIKE Kenny Giles can become a folk hero pretty quickly in the right situation. Part of it is his skill set: 100 mph fastball, 5-for-5 in save opportunities, 14 of 21 batters retired via strikeout. But part of it is the tendency for for a fan base to idealize the unseen. Especially in a situation like this. Over the first 2-plus weeks of the season, the Phillies' bullpen has looked entirely capable of obliterating their hopes of returning to the postseason. They already have lost two games in which they had a lead heading into the ninth inning, and another one when they were tied heading into the eighth.
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April 15, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
THERE ARE plenty of words that can be used to describe the way Chase Utley is swinging the bat right now, and his manager and teammates used plenty of them yesterday. But the most accurate assessment is probably the one that B.J. Rosenberg offered after yesterday's display, which featured an eighth-inning, go-ahead home run that propelled the Phillies to a 4-3, sweep-clinching victory over the Marlins. "It's pretty awesome to watch," Rosenberg said with an awestruck smile. There are plenty of ancillary reasons why Utley will someday retire as one of the most popular athletes to ever don a uniform in Philadelphia, but the foundation is still the fact that he is pretty darn good at baseball.
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April 19, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The fifth-inning play at second base - Atlanta shortstop Andrelton Simmons scrambling after oversliding the bag on a stolen-base attempt, Jimmy Rollins applying the tag - was close enough Thursday for Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg to take a slow walk. When he got to second base, Sandberg looked into his dugout to bench coach Larry Bowa, who checks the replay and signals the manager either with a thumbs-up or a palms-down "no" indication to let him know if he should challenge the call.
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April 19, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
DENVER - The waterfalls erupted beyond center field Friday night at Coors Field to signal a Rockies home run, and the Phillies bullpen did not budge. This was the second inning of a 12-1 Phillies embarrassment, the first test of a 10-game road trip, and Jonathan Pettibone was to endure this bludgeoning alone. Pettibone was napalm inside a flammable ballpark. Colorado scored seven times before it made six outs. The Rockies' offense, which leads the National League in runs scored, is a threat to any pitcher.
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April 19, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
DENVER - The Phillies will have played for 24 days when Cole Hamels throws his first pitch Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. That, in all likelihood, is the return date for Hamels. It will mark the franchise's longest period without its homegrown ace since 2007. They crave his presence. "It's pretty much right on schedule when you think about it," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. There is still some internal debate whether to start Hamels on Tuesday or Wednesday, but Sandberg believed Wednesday was best because that order places A.J. Burnett between Cliff Lee and Hamels, his two lefthanded starters.
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April 18, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The night before, Ryne Sandberg said the game begins with pitching and defense. Baseball, of course, is one of only two games - cricket is the other - in which the action is initiated by the defensive team, starting with the pitcher, but that's not what the Phillies manager was referencing. He was talking about how teams with the best pitching and defense usually wind up at the top of the standings, a theory that can be proved simply by looking at the five National League teams that reached the postseason last season.
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April 18, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLIFF LEE likes to work quickly, so he made sure the conversation he had with Ryne Sandberg in the bottom of the eighth inning was a brief one. "How do you feel?" "I feel good. " And so Lee went back out for his ninth and final inning, despite having thrown 114 pitches in the eight innings that preceded it. Lee would allow back-to-back hits to begin the ninth, but he battled back and kept the two baserunners stranded. Sixteen days removed from one of the worst starts of his big-league career - a game that ended with him getting an improbable win on Opening Day - Lee saw those pesky baseball gods make things right with him. Last night in South Philly, Lee struck out 13 and walked one. He threw a career-high 128 pitches.
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April 18, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
AGUY LIKE Kenny Giles can become a folk hero pretty quickly in the right situation. Part of it is his skill set: 100 mph fastball, 5-for-5 in save opportunities, 14 of 21 batters retired via strikeout. But part of it is the tendency for for a fan base to idealize the unseen. Especially in a situation like this. Over the first 2-plus weeks of the season, the Phillies' bullpen has looked entirely capable of obliterating their hopes of returning to the postseason. They already have lost two games in which they had a lead heading into the ninth inning, and another one when they were tied heading into the eighth.
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April 18, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
COLE HAMELS will make what is likely his final minor league tuneup tonight in Clearwater, Fla., against the Lakeland Flying Tigers. Hamels will take the mound for Class A Clearwater for the third time in 12 days. His next start will likely come next week at Dodger Stadium, the second stop on the Phillies' upcoming, 10-game, three-city ,Western road trip. "I'm optimistic," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "It's a distinct possibility," assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said.
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April 17, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Ryne Sandberg is all about extra work. He believes that his dogged approach during his playing days was as responsible for his Hall of Fame career as his obvious athletic talent. The Phillies manager, however, pleaded guilty to clock watching Tuesday shortly before his team's game against the Atlanta Braves was postponed by the blustery afternoon rain that hovered over Citizens Bank Park. Sandberg can't believe how close to midnight it has been when he leaves work. "For me, the game starts with pitching and defense," the manager said.
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April 17, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
B.J. Rosenberg retreated early Tuesday morning to his South Jersey residence, turned on the TV, and flipped to A&E. The channel showed two hours of Duck Dynasty repeats. "I stayed away from all the sports networks," the Phillies pitcher said. This was catharsis. Relievers often preach the value of zero short-term memory. That was essential Tuesday for Rosenberg, who, after making two sterling appearances in two days, hurled one of the worst relief outings in baseball history.
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April 16, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Domonic Brown glided over first base while the remnants of a nearly empty stadium jumped in shock. He pounded his red Phillies helmet with his right fist. He smashed 27 homers in 2013; the first one of 2014 did not arrive until his 52d plate appearance, and what a moment it was. Seventeen minutes later, no one remembered. A Dan Uggla grand slam cleared the bases in the ninth inning. It pushed the Atlanta Braves to a 9-6 victory. For the Phillies, all that remained was a bullpen fire.
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