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February 21, 2016
AH, THE PHILLIES and spring training! The mere images breathe life back into a winter-weary fan base, so take a good look! Here they are again in Clearwater, and gone are many of the familiar names and faces that were part of so many spring-training rosters. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Cole Hamels . . . gone. With an updated cast for 2016 comes hope. Our own experts tell us that the Phillies should be at least interesting this season - interesting in that maybe, just maybe, they won't be bordering on 100 losses again.
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March 18, 2012 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
The Yankees signing 39-year-old Andy Pettitte, who spent all of last season throwing baseballs to his kids, has heartened a lot of American League teams. If the Yanks were sure that their other six potential starters were healthy and effective, they'd have kept Pettitte as a spring-training workout director and not given him $2.5 million. But, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, "Among an out-of-shape Michael Pineda's disappearing fastball velocity, a heretofore-underperforming Phil Hughes and an injured Freddy Garcia, the Yankees face rotation questions.
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February 25, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It's elevation time for Cole Hamels. After one final throwing session from flat ground Sunday under the watchful eye of pitching coach Bob McClure, the Phillies lefthander said he was ready for his first spring-training bullpen session from a mound, which is scheduled for Tuesday at the Carpenter Complex. "Obviously it's unfortunate with what the date is today, but I feel I'm right where I'd be at if it was Feb. 1 going into spring training," Hamels said. In other words, he's about 10 days to two weeks behind where he typically would be at this point.
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March 9, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
DAVID ROBERTSON walked out of the Yankees clubhouse, holding a pair of crutches, his right foot in an oversized black boot. Instead of making his second spring-training appearance, he had gone to a hospital yesterday for an MRI after a household accident: He sprained a foot when he stumbled on stairs while moving boxes. "It's embarrassing. I already had 'Mo' rag me out about it," he said after speaking with closer Mariano Rivera. The New York Yankees were waiting to find out the cost of their first misstep of 2012.
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March 29, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and Roy Halladay arrived for spring training as a trio of aging stars whose ability to play was limited in 2012 by injuries. The impact on the Phillies could be seen in the standings. After five consecutive division titles, the team finished at .500, and questions arose about the end of perhaps the best era in the franchise's history. The impact on the players carried into the offseason, in which each man in his own way altered his plan of attack with the hope of an improved 2013 for himself and his team.
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March 31, 1989 | By Peter Pascarelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mike Schmidt last night was anointed the Phillies' opening-day third baseman, but the team's general manager said he still had some strong reservations. General manager Lee Thomas said he remained concerned about the readiness of Schmidt, who still is not throwing 100 percent and has not hit a spring- training home run. "From the beginning, I've operated on the assumption that if Mike couldn't do the job, he'd know that and come to us," Thomas said before last night's 5-4 exhibition victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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March 20, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
Bob Watson insists baseball really means it this time when it vows to speed up games. Since 1995, commissioner Bud Selig repeatedly has vowed crackdowns. The average time of a nine-inning game, meanwhile, ballooned with the increase in offense, going from 2 hours, 47 minutes in 1998 to 2:53 the following year to a record 2:58 in 2000. Last season, with a larger strike zone and a decrease in scoring, the average dropped back to 2:54. "Things have kind of slipped through the cracks," said Watson, who last month replaced Frank Robinson as baseball's vice president of on-field operations.
NEWS
February 25, 2010 | MICHAEL SMERCONISH
NINE THINGS I learned at spring training in Clearwater, Fla. (and one I already knew). Bottle service: As a young player at his first big-league spring training, Charlie Manuel had a locker between Harmon Killebrew and Bob Allison. One day, Allison invited Manuel to dinner with the intention of schooling the young player on "how it is here in the big leagues and how you're supposed to act and everything," Manuel told me. Out at a bar in Orlando, Manuel recalled Allison saying, " 'I'm going to introduce you to a drink today, and you're going to drink it for the rest of your life.
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March 26, 1986 | By Jayson Stark, Inquirer Staff Writer
You are traveling to find the true meaning of spring training. You walk off the plane and throw your winter jacket into the back seat of the rent-a-car. You watch the palm trees sway, and you feel baseball in the sunshine. You must be on the right track. You are not looking for the Grapefruit League standings. Or for Dwight Gooden's spring-training ERA. You are not looking for Dwight Gooden, period. You are not looking for Dale Murphy, George Brett, Pedro Guerrero or Eddie Murray.
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February 15, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
40-man roster Pitchers 74, Elvis Araujo, LHP: Signed in November, the 6-foot-6 reliever from Venezuela hasn't pitched higher than double A, so he will likely begin the season in the minors. 48, Phillippe Aumont, RHP: Out of minor-league options, this spring is the last chance for the cornerstone of the worst trade of Ruben Amaro Jr.'s tenure as general manager. 70, Jesse Biddle, LHP: This spring marks the start of an important season for the Germantown Friends graduate and former first-round draft pick who struggled mightily in 2014 and is expected to begin this year back in double A. 38, Chad Billingsley, RHP: In the wake of Tommy John surgery in 2013 and another operation last year to repair his right flexor tendon, the recently signed veteran will probably enter spring training a bit behind the other starters.
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July 24, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Tommy Joseph stepped into the batting cage last month at Citizens Bank Park and let his friends search for the source of his struggles. The Phillies first baseman started his major-league career with a stretch strong enough to push Ryan Howard to the bench. Then he began to sink. Joseph limped into July with eight hits in his last 65 at-bats. Joseph's start was starting to look like a flash. And that's when the advice of teammates Cameron Rupp and Cody Asche helped lift Joseph out of the first slump of his major-league career.
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July 19, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
In the 15 days since his last start, Aaron Nola did not want to think about much. He knew his right arm felt fatigued as he neared the one-year anniversary of his major-league debut. He understood why the Phillies skipped him in the rotation, but it bothered him to miss a start. When those worrisome thoughts crept into his head, Nola found peace on a pond in Louisiana. He caught 20 bass in a two-day span during the all-star break. "That keeps me calm," Nola said. "It keeps my mind in a better state.
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July 12, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
DENVER - Daniel Stumpf said fish oil is the only supplement he has ever taken and he has no idea how he tested positive for an anabolic steroid. The relief pitcher returned to the Phillies on Sunday morning at Coors Field at the completion of his 80-game suspension for testing positive for chlorodehydromethyltestosterone, a discontinued steroid that was used by East German athletes under the brand name "Oral Turinabol. " "I understand that it's going to be hard to believe for people.
SPORTS
July 7, 2016 | By Erin McCarthy and Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITERS
Aaron Altherr is on his way back. The 25-year-old Phillies outfielder, who injured his left wrist when diving for a ball in spring training, began taking live batting practice and could begin a minor-league rehab assignment next week. The damage was severe, as the sheath that holds the wrist tendon in place was torn. The Phillies originally said that Altherr, who has a history of wrist problems, would miss four to six months after surgery on March 9. If he spends the maximum 20 days on his rehab assignment, his recovery time will fall around the five-month mark.
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May 28, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
READING, Pa. - The statistics may not suggest it, but leftfielder Cody Asche said he is close to re-joining the Phillies after being sidelined since suffering an abdomen injury early in spring training. Asche completed his fourth rehab game with double-A Reading, going 0 for 4 with a walk in Thursday's 7-4 win over Erie at FirstEnergy Stadium. In four games with Reading, Asche is batting .125. Before that, he began his rehab stint at high single-A Clearwater, where he batted .167 in five games.
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May 26, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
DETROIT - Tommy Joseph dove to catch a ball during spring training and thought to himself, "OK, I can do this. " The former catcher worked for hours each day on the back fields of the Phillies complex in Clearwater, Fla., as he continued his transition to first base. He played first base at triple A for the second half of last season, but it was not until that dive that he truly felt comfortable. Joseph has looked more than comfortable in his first 10 days in the majors. He made a diving stop Monday night.
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May 25, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
DETROIT - The Phillies constructed their team last winter with a premium on defense. Manager Pete Mackanin focused the majority of his first spring training on drills that instructed fielding fundamentals. The results through the season's first seven weeks are starting to show. The Phillies entered Monday with the second-lowest number of defensive giveaways, a statistic created by baseball scouting service Inside Edge. The metric combines a team's errors, poor plays that are not ruled errors, fielder's choices that do not result in outs, and passed balls.
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May 24, 2016 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
MAIKEL FRANCO used the word "energy" to describe what he saw out of his teammates Sunday afternoon. Even on a cool, gray day in a half-filled ballpark, the description was accurate. There has been plenty said about the Phillies' shortcomings on the offensive side of the field, all of it accurate, but nobody can accuse them of underacheiving. You saw it throughout a 5-0 win over the Braves that improved them to 25-19 and helped to erase the aftertaste of a couple of especially lackluster performances at the plate.
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May 18, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
The Phillies entered Monday's game with a collection of corner outfielders who batted .188 with a .506 OPS, and sometimes it is easy to forget this was not by design. So there was Aaron Altherr, in the clubhouse Monday afternoon for a brief moment with his teammates, as a reminder of what should have been. Altherr, who tore the tendon sheath in his left wrist during spring training, was in Philadelphia for a few hours to see a doctor. The 25-year-old outfielder heard what he wanted: He can begin swinging a bat in two weeks.
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May 17, 2016 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
MAYBE IT'S just the natural inclination of Philadelphians to think the Phillies are destined to return to reality. This town simply is not one with a strong history of sports miracles. That's a hard concept to get square with. Despite Sunday's 9-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies are still the surprise of Major League Baseball, racing to a 22-16 start. NFL coaching legend Bill Parcells once famously said, "You are what your record says you are," and if the Phillies' record was 16-22, few would have much difficulty accepting that's what they are. The opposite record, however, is a bit harder to digest.
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