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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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May 31, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Domonic Brown's right foot smacked first base as the ball he destroyed disappeared beyond the right-field wall at Citizens Bank Park. He spread his arms and whacked his hands together in an emphatic motion. The fans rose in the eighth inning to celebrate the fourth Phillies home run in a 4-3 victory over Boston on Wednesday, the night a 25-year-old outfielder wooed an entire city. "I'm not surprised by it at all," Ryan Howard said. "I know a lot of people are. " Brown rounded the diamond for the 10th time in May as the digital bell swayed to signal his dominance.
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May 31, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
IT WAS 4 hours before game time at Citizens Bank Park when the hallway that leads from the home clubhouse to the dugout was empty and fairly quiet, too. But the closer you got to the Phillies' indoor batting cage, the music reeled you in. First it was Aretha Franklin's "I Say A Little Prayer. " Then it was a jazzier version of Otis Redding's "Stand By Me. " Beyond the sweet music of the greatest vocalists in music history was a more familiar ballpark tune: the sound of ball meeting bat. Domonic Brown was in his office.
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