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October 16, 2008 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES - The best player in the 2008 National League playoffs hit two home runs, including a grand slam; drove in 11 runs, a club record; and, in baseball's ultimate sign of respect, was intentionally walked twice in the most important game of the year. Manny Ramirez? As if. Try Shane Victorino. The Phillies' 5-foot-9, 180-pound centerfielder got the slugger treatment twice last night, drawing intentional walks for only the fifth and sixth time in his major-league career.
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October 7, 2010 | By MARCUS HAYES, hayesm@phillynews.com
IF RYAN HOWARD is Mr. September and Carlos Ruiz is Senor Octobre , Shane Victorino deserves a playoff nickname, too. Victorino's cagey at-bats and baserunning in the first and second innings yesterday chased Reds starter Edinson Volquez, gave Roy Halladay a lead and framed the righthander's no-hitter. It also made Victorino the Phillies' postseason hits leader. His 35 are two better than Mike Schmidt's career total, and Victorino did it in 33 games, three fewer than Schmidt.
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September 22, 2011 | By Kia Gregory, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The all-star centerfielder had made a promise to renovate the rundown Boys and Girls Club, near a gas station and a struggling high school, into a place of dreams and pride. Standing outside its doors Thursday, under the threat of gray clouds, the Phillies' own Shane Victorino, dressed plainly in a white shirt and jeans, with leis around his neck, stood on a makeshift stage, lowered his head, and wiped away tears. The newly renovated club in Nicetown, which now bears his name and his promise, had officially reopened.
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May 24, 2013 | BY JACK McCARTHY, For the Daily News
CHICAGO - Shane Victorino can't wait to get back to Philadelphia. It has been nearly 10 months since the Phillies dealt the popular outfielder to the Los Angeles Dodgers, a journey that continued on to Boston when he signed 3-year, $39 million contract in the offseason. Victorino returns to Citizens Bank Park - the scene of memorable personal and team triumphs - for the first time Wednesday when the Red Sox visit for a two-game interleague series. But first, Victorino's Red Sox host the Phillies on Memorial Day and Tuesday at Fenway Park.
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November 30, 2012 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
AS WE wrote in Thursday's Daily News, the Phillies face a fascinating conundrum with their situation in centerfield . They have money to spend, and they have an obvious place to spend it. But they do not have limitless money. And they have enough needs outside of centerfield that paying B.J. Upton $75 million over 5 years might not have been the wisest move. Especially since there are plenty of potentially cheaper options. But when you look at those potentially cheaper options, you can't ignore the following batting line from the 2012 season: .255 batting average, .321 on base percentage, .383 slugging percentage, 11 home runs, 39-for-45 on stolen bases.
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July 16, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
DENVER - For the second consecutive game, Shane Victorino served as an offensive trigger with an extra-base hit in the opening inning. Victorino had gone 98 plate appearances and 89 at-bats before hitting a one-out double in the first inning of Saturday night's 8-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies. That was his first extra-base hit since June 13 in Minnesota, a remarkably long stretch for a player with his speed. He added an RBI triple in the ninth inning of that game. Victorino returned to work Sunday by setting the tone again with a one-out triple off lefthander Drew Pomeranz before scoring on a two-out single by Carlos Ruiz in what became a 5-1 Phillies victory in the series finale at Coors Field.
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January 6, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shane Victorino strolled into a playroom at the Nicetown building that bears his name Friday and spoke to about 50 children. He told them to study hard, listen to their parents, and then asked if there were any questions. "What team do you play for?" one boy said. Victorino grinned. "Unfortunately," he said, "I don't play for the Phillies anymore. I play for the Boston Red Sox now. " This was a "bittersweet" day, Victorino said. He returned to Philadelphia for the one-year anniversary celebration of the Shane Victorino Nicetown Boys & Girls Club - a building his wife, Melissa, and he helped renovate with a $900,000 donation.
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September 23, 2011 | By Kia Gregory, Inquirer Staff Writer
The all-star centerfielder had made a promise to renovate the rundown Boys and Girls Club, near a gas station and a struggling high school, into a place of dreams and pride. Standing outside its doors Thursday, under the threat of gray clouds, the Phillies' own Shane Victorino, dressed plainly in a white shirt and jeans, with leis around his neck, stood on a makeshift stage, lowered his head, and wiped away tears. The newly renovated club in Nicetown, which now bears his name and his promise, had officially reopened.
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April 25, 2009 | By Andy Martino INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Yesterday afternoon, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was asked if he would consider moving Shane Victorino down in the batting order. The team's No.2 hitter had a .323 on-base percentage, after all, and the Phils were not scoring enough runs. But Manuel shook his head and said no, Victorino would resolve his issues and did not need a demotion. Less than six hours later, the centerfielder hit his first career regular-season grand slam in the ninth inning, giving the Phillies their first lead of the night and redeeming a previously listless game.
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July 9, 2012 | By Chad Graff, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An inning after a "Ja-son Pri-die" chant broke out Sunday at Citizens Bank Park, Pridie stood on second base, having ripped a one-hopper off the wall in right-center field. The 28-year-old Phillie clapped his hands below his knees, sending dirt flying off his batting gloves. Pridie wasn't supposed to play in Sunday afternoon's game against Atlanta. But he filled in valiantly for Shane Victorino, going 2 for 3 with a home run and the double, driving in all three Phillies runs.
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April 4, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CHICAGO - Thanks to a new pitching coach, a former infielder converted to the outfield, a couple of new teammates and a commitment to improve his overall game, Ben Revere is showing off an improved arm from centerfield in 2014. In his first season with the Phillies, Revere struggled from the plate at the outset of the 2013 season. He hit .200 last April before breaking out and batting .347 in 65 games from May 1 until the time he went on the disabled list in mid-July with a broken foot.
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February 25, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Ryan Howard calls him "Happy. " It's a perfect nickname, because Phillies centerfielder Ben Revere seems to have a perpetual smile. Only two things wiped it away last year. The first was his horrific start to the season, and the second was a premature end to the season caused by a fractured right ankle that required major surgery just before the all-star break. Revere's injury isn't typically high on the long list of reasons why the 2013 Phillies season spiraled into a monstrous free fall that dropped them to fourth in the National League East, but when you look at the facts, it probably should be. Hoping he would fill the hole left by the departure of centerfielder Shane Victorino at the 2012 trade deadline, Revere instead became the hole at the top of the batting order through the first month of the season.
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January 21, 2014 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
ONCE THE PAIN of their two-point loss in the first round of playoffs begins to heal, it will be time for the Eagles to reflect on what could have been, what was and what will be. In October 2007, the Phillies were dealing with a similar pain. Charlie Manuel and the Phillies rallied to first NL East title since 1993 on the final game of the regular season, only to be swept in three games by the Colorado Rockies in the NLDS. The next season, the Phillies became world champions.
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November 5, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The Phillies held their organizational meetings in Clearwater, Fla. last week and for the first time in more than a decade Charlie Manuel was not present to offer his opinions. The former manager is an outsider now, albeit one with an open invitation to rejoin the organization in a different role. Reached by phone Thursday, Manuel said he was too busy to think about what he might be missing in the conference rooms at Bright House Field and the Carpenter Complex. "I was back in Virginia for a charity event at my high school," Manuel said.
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September 3, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
BOSTON - After a disastrous 69-93 season, the Boston Red Sox are back among the elite in the American League, winning and earning admiration for their scrappy play. The Sox, who lead the American League with 82 wins, are comparable to a team that captivated the Philadelphia region for a five-year period. "This team reminds me of our teams in Philly, grinding it out, never giving up," said Sox rightfielder Shane Victorino, who appeared in all 46 of the Phillies' games during their five straight postseason appearances from 2007 to 2011.
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August 15, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - This stadium, the one Ethan Martin visited as a kid to watch his favorite team, displayed the promise of his right arm on Tuesday night. His own cheering section formed at Turner Field. He threw his fastball with conviction, but five innings in his third major-league start - a 3-1 Phillies loss - served to point out his inexperience. "The kid stuck in there," Charlie Manuel said. That is why the Phillies manager and others view Martin as an eventual reliever. He has the stuff: 62 of his 96 pitches were fastballs and he showed no fear in throwing it. More and more pitches magnified Martin's flaws.
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August 1, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The non-waiver trade deadline arrives Wednesday at 4 p.m., and it may prove a handy way for the Phillies to unload additional inventory and rearrange the deck furniture a bit, but it will probably do little to change the direction of the franchise or even indicate what that direction might be. If that is a disappointing fact - that neither buying nor selling is a cure for what ails the franchise - just put it on the tall stack of regrets that have...
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July 19, 2013 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
IT'S FUNNY the lengths to which some folks will go to try to convince you that this Phillies team has a legitimate shot at contending for a World Series this season. They will point to the 2011 Cardinals, or the 2007 Rockies, or the 2005 Astros, when all they really need to do is point to a few seasons ago, when the 2010 Phillies were two games over .500 and seven games behind the division lead on July 21. They finished the season on a 48-19 tear and rolled into the postseason with 97 wins and homefield advantage.
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July 8, 2013 | By Zach Helfand, Inquirer Staff Writer
ALLENTOWN - When the Phillies traded outfielder Shane Victorino last year, they received three players in return, and the offseason effectively made the deal a straight-up one: Victorino for Dodgers pitcher Ethan Martin. The other two players in the Victorino deal have left the Phillies. Josh Lindblom was sent to the Texas Rangers in the offseason trade for Michael Young. Stefan Jarrin left baseball. Martin, meanwhile, was promoted to triple-A Lehigh Valley at the start of 2013 and soon put up astronomical numbers, just not in the right categories.
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July 3, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The Phillies' individual record for appearances in a postseason game is 46, and it is jointly held by five players. You probably know their names. In the five-season span during which that record was set by Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz, Jimmy Rollins, and Shane Victorino, the Phillies enjoyed their greatest sustained success in franchise history and ensured those five position players would be regarded as something special when compared to others who arrived and departed without providing quite the same results.
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