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March 29, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The recollection of playing on Phillies teams that galvanized Philadelphia still gives Ryan Madson chills. Nostalgia is a powerful elixir. Listening to former Phillies reminisce about nights at Citizens Bank Park offers a glimpse into what the kingdom was not long ago - and how it seemed to change so quickly. "What fueled us was the fact that in 2007 we kind of got to the playoffs and didn't go anywhere," Madson said from the Los Angeles Angels' spring training clubhouse in Tempe, Ariz.
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March 22, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Seven years ago, Cole Hamels and Shane Victorino broke in as regular members of a Phillies core that would go on to win a World Series and forever be etched in the memories of Philadelphia sports fans. On Thursday night at jetBlue Park, Victorino stepped into the batter's box against Hamels. On Sunday, he'll try to hit off Cliff Lee in Clearwater. "I wouldn't say it's weird," Victorino said in the Boston Red Sox home clubhouse Thursday, "it's just the game of baseball.
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March 22, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
FORT MYERS, Fla. - In Shane Victorino's perfect world, he'd be spending Thursday afternoon at Bright House Field going through a workout with the other core members of the Phillies while a team of mostly reserves makes the long bus ride to Jet Blue Park, the two-year-old Fenway Park replica where the Boston Red Sox play their spring-training games. That would mean the Flyin' Hawaiian was still a member of the Phillies, the team with which he so badly wanted to finish his career. It would also mean the Phils wanted him as badly as he wanted to remain with them, which was not the case.
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March 4, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Five seasons after the celebration that ended the city's 28-year championship drought, Pat Gillick is still here. Only seven players remain from the 2008 World Series title team that Gillick presided over as general manager. Among the seven are the core quintet of Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Ruiz, and Cole Hamels. At a time when many people see this as a team in decline, Gillick views the core as still capable of making a run or two at another title.
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February 10, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The longest offseason in recent Phillies history finally comes to an end this week when pitchers and catchers report for the first workout of spring training Wednesday morning in Clearwater, Fla. In essence, it was an offseason that started July 31 when the Phillies traded centerfielder Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers and rightfielder Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants. The same day as those trades, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. was asked if he expected to sign a big-name free agent once the season was over.
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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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December 17, 2012 | Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hours after dealing away two-thirds of his starting outfield, Ruben Amaro Jr. emerged in the visitors dugout at Nationals Park and sat on the bench. He used the word flexibility four times that July afternoon, stressing the trades of Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino offered a chance to remake the Phillies outfield. The general manager was asked if he possessed enough flexibility to obtain a major free agent. "Maybe more than one," Amaro said. He made his first foray into the market Saturday by signing pitchers Mike Adams and John Lannan for a total of $14.5 million.
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December 10, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Scratch third base from general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.'s to-do list. After Texas' Michael Young agreed to waive his no-trade rights Saturday, the Phillies completed a trade for the seven-time all-star by sending relievers Josh Lindblom and Lisalverto Bonilla to the Rangers. Young has primarily been a designated hitter for the Rangers the last two seasons, but he figures to receive the bulk of his playing time at third base with the Phillies, freeing up Freddy Galvis as a utility guy who plays second base, shortstop, and third base.
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December 7, 2012 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Ruben Amaro Jr. insisted he was not frustrated. Tired? Sure. But not frustrated. Same goes for Charlie Manuel, who spent part of the afternoon hunkered down with the front office decision-makers in the Phillies suite on the sixth floor of the Opryland Hotel. There was not a lot of positive body language in the room, at least not while reporters were present. Then again, it can be difficult to look excited when you have spent 72 consecutive hours inside a glass-domed conference center that feels like a Vegas casino without the free booze.
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December 6, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The hypothetical was laid out to Ruben Amaro Jr. 1 month ago, when the free-agent signing period was just under way and the Phillies' general manager and his brethren across the league were in Palm Springs, Calif., for a conference that was a veritable retreat when compared to the zaniness that has unfolded at Major League Baseball's annual winter meetings at the Opryland Hotel. Say the free-agent market unfolds in a manner that hampers the Phillies' efforts to fill one of their positions of need, namely the outfield or third base.
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