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October 10, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
HARDLY ABLE to get a hit, the San Francisco Giants used a misplayed grounder to prolong their NL Division Series. Third baseman Scott Rolen's two-out error in the 10th inning gave the Giants the go-ahead run Tuesday night in a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, who couldn't shake 17 years of home postseason futility. The Giants avoided a sweep in Game 3, cutting their deficit to 2-1 in the best-of-five series. Rolen, an eight-time Gold Glove winner, couldn't come up with Joaquin Arias' short-hop grounder, bobbled it and threw late to first.
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February 14, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
SCOTT ROLEN declined the Cincinnati Reds' offer to attend spring training, but he stopped short of saying he's ready to retire. The seven-time All-Star third baseman informed the team of his decision on Tuesday, when Reds pitchers and catchers reported for the start of camp in Goodyear, Ariz. Rolen, who turns 38 on April 4, had been mulling an offer to fill a reserve role with the NL Central champions. Rolen, who was the 1997 National League Rookie of he Year with the Phillies, has been limited each of the last three seasons by chronic problems with his left shoulder and back spasms.
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May 18, 2000 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Even in this season of the juiced baseball, the Phillies woke up yesterday with a grand total of 29 home runs, the fewest in the majors. So naturally, this power shortage was a topic of discussion in manager Terry Francona's office before last night's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. "I'm a little surprised we haven't hit more," Francona conceded. "But I think it will change. " Francona's hunch proved correct. Several hours later, his team muscled-up and beat the Cardinals, 5-4, at Veterans Stadium.
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February 24, 2008 | By Jim Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
Time and Tony La Russa heal all wounds. Scott Rolen would have waived his no-trade clause to return to Philadelphia had the chance presented itself this winter. That's how intense his desire was to get away from the St. Louis Cardinals' manager. "Yes," the Toronto Blue Jays' new third baseman said after a workout Friday. "I would have accepted. " As recently as the 2006 World Series, Rolen indicated he would not return to the Phillies if a trade was proposed. But after his relationship with La Russa went from bad to irreconcilable in 2007, Rolen considered any and all landing spots, even the one where things ended so badly for him in 2002.
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June 28, 1996 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
Sometime in the next few days, maybe as soon as this weekend, Lee Thomas will slip out of Veterans Stadium and leave the ghosts of Phillies present behind for a few days. Maybe to Rochester, N.Y., over the weekend. Maybe to Pawtucket, R.I., the early part of next week. This will not be a vacation for the general manager, although putting the sad-sack Phillies team out of sight for a few days can't be a wholly unpleasant thought. But there is a purpose to hitting the road. Thomas is going to take a long, hard look at Triple A Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre in general . . . and third baseman Scott Rolen in particular.
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April 1, 1997 | By Jayson Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Who was the last Phillies rookie that baseball people talked about the way they now talk about Scott Rolen? Mike Schmidt? Dick Allen? Chuck Klein? Ed Delahanty? With most players this young - and Rolen doesn't even turn 22 until Friday - there are doubts. About his glove. About his arm. About his bat. About his head. About something. In Rolen's case, though, it is hard to find a doubt. If this guy isn't an all-star third baseman waiting to happen, then everyone in baseball is wrong.
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November 5, 1997 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
Scott Rolen's quest to remain the boy next door just became a little more difficult. "I'm a normal human being. I want to be an everyday good person who, by the way, just happens to play baseball," he explained for the umpteenth time. "I'm happy sitting in the family room with my brother, doing nothing. I don't have to be out and about, hearing my name. " Lotsa luck . . . The spotlight that Rolen spent so much of the season ducking caught up to him last night with the announcement that he had been unanimously voted the National League's Rookie of the Year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
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March 4, 1996 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The future of the Phillies has a face. In the words of manager Jim Fregosi, it is a "good face. " Certainly, when you look at Scott Rolen, you can't help noticing that the 20-year-old has a young face. During these first few weeks of spring training, Rolen and some of the other faces of the future - catcher Bobby Estalella, second baseman Dave Doster, pitchers Rich Hunter and Carlton Loewer - have gotten a peek at their own future. The Phillies invited a handful of the top prospects to their major-league camp.
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August 15, 2002 | By Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As if he needed any reminding of the next stop on the St. Louis Cardinals' schedule, Scott Rolen has been getting it almost daily from his new teammates. "We've been ribbing him pretty good," Tino Martinez said. The Cardinals first baseman laughed. Then, a look of concern swept over his face. "So, what kind of reception is he going to get?" Martinez asked. We'll see tomorrow night when Rolen and the Cards return to Veterans Stadium for the first time since Rolen's much-wanted parole from the Phillies on July 29. Rolen, who turned down a megabucks offer to become a Phillie for life because he had misgivings about the club's commitment to winning, spent enough time in Philadelphia to know what to expect.
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June 18, 2002 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Six weeks. That's how long it takes a baseball team to navigate its way through spring training. It's also how long the current collection of Phillies probably has to prove it can still be a contender this season. If the Phillies do not have a snowball's chance in July of contending for a division title or a wild-card playoff berth, it seems more and more likely that at least a few of them will not be around for the dog days of August or a play-out-the-string September.
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February 27, 2015
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It was Halloween and your world was collapsing around you: AIG and Citigroup toppling, your stocks and houses and wages deflating like air from a balloon that somebody had forgotten to tie, a balloon that was now darting around the room in flatulent loopty loops, the country clinging to its surface, powerless to resist the momentum pent up inside. This was the best day of your lives, in the best month of your lives, in a year you've spent the previous 7 yearning for. You swore it as you felt the morning sun stream through the skyscrapers, bathing you in slats of light, and you swore it as you watched the darkness drop like a curtain, the beer still glowing, the streets still swamped with mobs of red, one last night to soak it in, one more ibuprofen morning to greet without regret.
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September 3, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - The Phillies promoted prospect Maikel Franco, who will become the team's youngest position player since Jimmy Rollins made his debut in 2000. Franco, 22, could start Tuesday at Turner Field against Braves lefthander Mike Minor. The Dominican infielder was among seven September additions announced after Monday's no-hit win over the Braves. Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, the $12 million mystery Cuban import who has thrived as a reliever, was another. Infielder Cesar Hernandez, catcher Cameron Rupp, righthander Luis Garcia, and outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. earned promotions.
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April 3, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas - More than a decade passed after Scott Rolen's departure from the Phillies before they bred their next homegrown third baseman, and that made Cody Asche's opening day a significant one before he even stepped to the plate Monday at Globe Life Park. Rolen, the former franchise cornerstone, started six straight opening days from 1997 to 2002. Next came David Bell; then Abraham Nunez; Wes Helms; Pedro Feliz; Placido Polanco; and, finally, Michael Young. Asche, 23, joked during the spring that he would not assume he was the starter - even though no competition remained - until he saw his name on the lineup card in Texas.
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February 28, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Roberto Hernandez is a ground-ball pitcher. That is why the Phillies paid him $4.5 million in December to serve as their fifth starter. His first act in a Phillies uniform was gruesome. His pitches were up in the zone. The wind blew out. The balls were launched from Toronto's bats. "That's what will happen," Hernandez said. Hernandez allowed a monster Jose Bautista home run in the first inning of the Phillies' 4-3 loss in a rain-shortened Grapefruit League opener.
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February 28, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Before the handshake with Larry Bowa, the oddest thing about the man with two young kids standing near the home dugout at Bright House Field was the piece of paper dangling from his neck. "Scott Rolen, Philadelphia Phillies," read the items under "name" and "affiliation" on the 38-year-old's guest pass. Rolen, the National League Rookie of the Year with the Phillies in 1997, watched his former team take batting practice yesterday morning prior to the first Grapefruit League game of the spring.
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February 6, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
EVERY GOOD team has a Cody Asche. The Phillies have been a pretty good team for a pretty long time. No team in history has more losses, but the current Phillies epoch has only two losing seasons in its last 13. That was last season, and it was the result of $40 million of the payroll - Roy Halladay and Ryan Howard - idling on the disabled list. Why the long run of relevance? Talent, to be sure, along with two fine managers and some brilliant front-office decisions. Perhaps just as important, since 2001 the Phillies have had a homegrown sheriff in the clubhouse, a template of professionalism and performance; a Derek Jeter, or a Chipper Jones.
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February 14, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
SCOTT ROLEN declined the Cincinnati Reds' offer to attend spring training, but he stopped short of saying he's ready to retire. The seven-time All-Star third baseman informed the team of his decision on Tuesday, when Reds pitchers and catchers reported for the start of camp in Goodyear, Ariz. Rolen, who turns 38 on April 4, had been mulling an offer to fill a reserve role with the NL Central champions. Rolen, who was the 1997 National League Rookie of he Year with the Phillies, has been limited each of the last three seasons by chronic problems with his left shoulder and back spasms.
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October 10, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
HARDLY ABLE to get a hit, the San Francisco Giants used a misplayed grounder to prolong their NL Division Series. Third baseman Scott Rolen's two-out error in the 10th inning gave the Giants the go-ahead run Tuesday night in a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, who couldn't shake 17 years of home postseason futility. The Giants avoided a sweep in Game 3, cutting their deficit to 2-1 in the best-of-five series. Rolen, an eight-time Gold Glove winner, couldn't come up with Joaquin Arias' short-hop grounder, bobbled it and threw late to first.
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August 26, 2012 | By Ryan Lawrence, Daily News Staff Writer
Twice this week, an eight-time All-Star third baseman on his way toward retirement was recognized for his Hall of Fame-worthy career by two different host fan bases. In the same week, a seven-time All-Star third baseman came through his first major league city for what could very well be the final time and was also recognized. The difference was Chipper Jones received hearty ovations from Washington Nationals' and San Francisco Giants' fans as their respective teams celebrated the longtime Braves third baseman in his farewell tour.
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April 9, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
A STAR THIRD baseman most of his career, 37-year-old Scott Rolen made a big impact in a rare pinch-hitting appearance. Rolen drove in the winning run in the ninth inning with a sharp infield single that third baseman Hanley Ramirez failed to handle, lifting the Cincinnati Reds to a come-from-behind 6-5 win over the Miami Marlins. Pinch-hitting is often thought of as a niche for marginal players who can adapt to the demands of the role. Rolen, a seven-time All-Star and eight-time Gold Glove winner, looked just fine in it. "It's certainly not easy," said Rolen, now 8-for-18 as a pinch-hitter in his career.
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