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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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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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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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May 18, 2015 | Matt Breen, Inquirer
Elvis Araujo did not know he was the winning pitcher Friday until after the Phillies wrapped up their 4-3 victory over Arizona. The game ball was waiting for him in his locker in the clubhouse. The lefthanded reliever said he would place it next to the ball he earned earlier this season after striking out his first batter. "I was excited," the rookie said Saturday as his season of firsts rolled on. Araujo, 23, has been effective since being promoted last month from double-A Reading.
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May 17, 2015
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg met on Friday afternoon with Chase Utley. It was a good talk, Sandberg said. Utley understood, the manager said, why Sandberg moved him to the sixth spot in Friday's lineup against Arizona. "It doesn't have to be a complete negative subject or topic to talk about," Sandberg said. Utley entered Friday with a major-league low .118 batting average. He had batted third this season in 28 of his 29 starts. Utley, 36, last batted sixth on June 30, 2005. Grady Sizemore, who replaced Utley in the third spot, had not batted third since June 12, 2011.
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May 16, 2015 | Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ryne Sandberg considers 100 at-bats a benchmark in a season. One hundred and nineteen at-bats into his first year as the Phillies' everyday shortstop, Freddy Galvis continues to hit. Three more base knocks Thursday in a 4-2 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates raised Galvis' batting average to .353. Entering Thursday night's games, only the Miami Marlins' Dee Gordon (.426) and Los Angeles Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez (.360) boasted better averages among National League players. "He's just sticking with what's working for him and being real patient up there," Sandberg said of Galvis, the only Phillies regular hitting .275 or better.
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May 14, 2015 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
ON SUNDAY, Ryne Sandberg opted against inserting setup man Ken Giles in the eighth inning of a game in which the Phillies had battled back to trim a three-run deficit to one. Long reliever Jeanmar Gomez ended up allowing a pair of runs to thwart the comeback effort, but Sandberg said afterward he was hesitant to use his big weapons in a deficit situation, given that relievers can't pitch in every game. So it was with a bit of frustration that, two days later, the manager found himself calling on Giles and closer Jonathan Papelbon to pitch with a five-run deficit on the scoreboard because both relievers needed work.
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May 14, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Odubel Herrera's transition from Texas Rangers double-A second baseman to Phillies everyday centerfielder appeared almost too seamless through the season's first few weeks. More recently, major-league pitching has taken advantage of the Rule 5 draft pick's lack of experience and plate discipline. No player on the Phillies' active roster has struck out more than Herrera, who after spending much of April as a leadoff or No. 2 hitter has dropped to sixth or seventh in manager Ryne Sandberg's lineup.
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May 13, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first indication the Phillies had made a roster move Monday night came when manager Ryne Sandberg arrived about 15 minutes later than usual for his postgame news conference. But instead of the expected trimming of their eight-man bullpen, the Phillies made a surprise announcement after a 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh at Citizens Bank Park and optioned third baseman Cody Asche to triple-A Lehigh Valley.   Asche was demoted to garner everyday repetitions in left field with the IronPigs, a precursor to the looming promotion of third base prospect Maikel Franco.
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May 13, 2015 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News taff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
THE LOOK on his face and the tone in his voice said that this was one of Ryne Sandberg's most difficult moments yet as a manager. You can imagine, then, how it felt for Cody Asche. The Phillies blindsided the young third baseman with the postgame news that he was no longer a third baseman, and that he was headed to Triple A to learn the ropes in leftfield, presumably to make way for top prospect Maikel Franco. While Asche has struggled defensively and been inconsistent offensively, he is regarded as one of the hardest workers on the team, a fundamental part of a clubhouse that, while short on talent, is nevertheless left stunned when a fixture is jettisoned.
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May 12, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chase Utley snapped the clasp of his silver watch after dressing at his locker. Another day was complete. Another loss - this time a 7-4 defeat to the New York Mets - was finished. Utley went 1 for 3 with a run scored. His lone hit was his first double of the season. It gave him a hit on consecutive days for the first time this season. Utley's batting average rose to .116, an increase of 17 points from where it stood before Saturday's loss. It is still the major-league's lowest mark.
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May 12, 2015
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg defended his decision to use Jeanmar Gomez instead of Ken Giles in the eighth inning of the 7-4 loss Sunday. The Phillies trailed by a run heading into the eighth. Giles threw just 11 pitches Friday, his first outing after three days of rest. Sandberg said he does not like to use Giles and some of the other relievers when the team is trailing. Gomez had not pitched in a win since April 11. Nine of his 11 appearances have come in a Phillies loss. He allowed three hits in the eighth, none more crushing than Johnny Monell's two-run pinch-hit double.
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May 11, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lingering questions regarding the sharp second-half decline that capped Chase Utley's sixth all-star season were tempered in spring training. Despite easing into camp because of a swollen right ankle, the 36-year-old second baseman left Clearwater swinging, by far, the hottest bat on the Phillies. But the first 30 games of the season have sharply accentuated the doubts that arose after last May, when Utley followed a torrid first month and a half with a .244 average from June through September.
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