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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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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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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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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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September 5, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two Phillies pitchers fired eight straight balls with the bases loaded, and that represented the nadir of Tuesday night. A rookie wearing No. 67 relieved them in the next inning, committed a balk, and surrendered two more runs. This is what September baseball looks like for the pitching staff with the National League's worst ERA. Washington permitted four unearned runs to the Phillies and still won, 9-6, because the home team failed at the game's most basic task of throwing strikes.
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August 22, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Chace Numata rose from his crouch and approached the mound at FirstEnergy Park. There is little a 21-year-old catcher can say to one of the best pitchers of this generation, yet Numata tried. He patted Roy Halladay on the lower back. Halladay threw eight straight balls in the fourth inning of a dull rehab start with single-A Lakewood. He resembled the drained pitcher seen earlier in 2013, before a surgeon cut into his right shoulder. That was three months ago. Halladay could not command his arsenal.
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April 11, 2015 | Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
After struggling in his season debut Wednesday, setup man Ken Giles stressed to Ryne Sandberg that it was a mechanical issue that plagued him, the Phillies manager said. The 24-year-old righthander has been adamant that the back tightness he felt late in spring training no longer ails him. "It could be early- season rust or problems. It could be cold weather. It's hard to tell," Sandberg said Thursday. "A power pitcher like him, we'll see, maybe it will take him a little bit longer to really get fine-tuned and to where he wants to be with the velocity and with the mechanics.
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April 10, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
FOR A FEW brief moments, Phillies reliever Ken Giles was himself. Matched up against Boston's menacing David Ortiz with two runners on and one out in the eighth inning, Giles spotted a fastball for strike one, registered 96 mph on the next pitch, and then got the future Hall of Famer swinging on back-to-back sliders. But then he lost it again, a feel for the strike zone, his fastball - which dipped down to 93 in his last two batters - and eventually, his place on the mound, as closer Jonathan Papelbon was summoned for a four-out save on Wednesday night.
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April 10, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
An 86-m.p.h. fastball smacked into Carlos Ruiz's mitt and Aaron Harang's regular-season debut with his eighth major-league team was underway. The journeyman was brought to Philadelphia to eat innings in a rebuilding season, but for much of Wednesday night his results more closely emulated those of the pitcher who made five consecutive opening-day starts for the Reds. Mixing his five pitches and changing speeds, Harang limited the Boston Red Sox to one hit through the first six innings of a chilly, misty night at Citizens Bank Park.
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April 10, 2015
Two days after the Phillies mustered only three hits in an opening-day shutout, manager Ryne Sandberg added two righthanded bats to his lineup. Darin Ruf, whom fans have long clamored to see get more at-bats, made his season debut in left field Wednesday while Jeff Francoeur played opposite him in right. Ruf batted fifth, serving as the righthanded bat behind Ryan Howard, while Carlos Ruiz, typically the Phillies' five-hole hitter, moved to the two-hole. A minor injury to opening-day centerfielder Odubel Herrera shifted Ben Revere from left field back to the position he manned for the Phillies the previous two seasons.
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April 8, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cole Hamels displayed his usual stuff Monday, manager Ryne Sandberg said, but the Phillies ace lacked consistent command of his pitches. The Boston Red Sox teed off on four of them, sending three fastballs and a change-up into the left-field seats at Citizens Bank Park. The first was all that truly mattered, though, as an offense that is expected to struggle needed only opening day to reveal itself. Three hits made up the Phillies' output in their 8-0 loss, perhaps an indicative performance to start what is expected to be a long season for the team's fans.
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April 8, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
YOU CAN TALK yourself into most any lineup this early in the season. Opening Day is Opening Day because of the hopelessly optimistic hypotheticals it allows. The right amount of bunting and beer can make you believe in pretty much anything for a day. Yet no matter how many scenarios you spin in your head, you still can't get this Phillies lineup to a place where it is anything other than what you saw in yesterday's 8-0 loss to the Red Sox: a parade of strikeouts and groundouts interrupted by the occasional single.
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April 7, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - A white Hooters tank top hung Thursday morning in Odubel Herrera's locker. Someone - likely a veteran Phillies teammate - had written the rookie's name and uniform number on the back of the tight shirt usually worn by the restaurant's waitresses. Herrera had a new batting practice top. If there was any doubt that the outfielder would be sticking with the Phillies on opening day, it was erased by the clubhouse prank. Herrera will make his major-league debut Monday as the Phillies' starting centerfielder.
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April 6, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
A year ago, David Buchanan was rained out of a chance to pitch in the Phillies' final exhibition game at Citizens Bank Park, a start he was anticipating before departing for triple-A Lehigh Valley. Things have turned around for the 25-year-old righthander since then, to the point that pitching at the Phillies ballpark is now old hat. Instead of being the opening-day starter for the IronPigs, as he was a year ago, Buchanan is firmly in the Phillies rotation, although that may say as much about the team's pitching depth as it does Buchanan.
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April 5, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Righthander Aaron Harang was hit hard in his final tuneup, but the Phillies righthander was encouraged with how he felt and that he was able to get his work in. Harang allowed four runs on nine hits in 42/3 innings of the Phillies' 7-5 exhibition victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night. Ben Revere hit a game-winning two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning for the win. Slated to start the Phillies' second game of the season Wednesday against the visiting Boston Red Sox, Harang threw 104 pitches.
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April 4, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies will struggle to score runs this season. Not even the general manager, Ruben Amaro Jr., has disputed that fact. Baseball Prospectus projects the team's worst offensive output in four decades. So it made plenty of sense that for his second spring as Phillies manager, Ryne Sandberg preached situational hitting to those in Camp Clearwater. Home runs figure to be scarce, so finding other ways to move runners is necessary. Sandberg seeks more productive at-bats. Expect plenty of bunts, more hit-and-runs, and more movement on the basepaths in general for Year 2 of Sandberg's major-league managerial tenure.
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