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April 1, 2013 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
The storm clouds gathered early last March. Ryan Howard was fielding ground balls on a stool. Chase Utley was conspicuously absent from Grapefruit League games. Roy Halladay's velocity was down. The Phillies had no obvious leftfielder, no veteran setup man, and an aging third baseman who had struggled to stay on the field the previous season. The fan base was understandably nervous. My answer to all who asked: It wouldn't surprise me if this team won 100 games, and it wouldn't surprise me if it lost 80. This year, the answer is the same, minus the 100 wins part.
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March 30, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - As exit strategies go, the one the Phillies executed Thursday from their spring training home was far from perfect. It was, however, preferable to the one they carried out of here a year ago. "I feel much better because we've got [Chase] Utley and [Ryan] Howard," Charlie Manuel said before his team's final Grapefruit League game, against the Toronto Blue Jays at Bright House Field. After the manager spoke, the Phillies watched another jagged pitching performance from Roy Halladay, the two-time Cy Young Award winner who entered and exited spring training as the biggest question mark in the starting rotation.
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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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