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February 17, 2010
CLEARWATER, Fla. - If Groundhog Day rules applied to Phillies pitchers and catchers who reported this morning, Charlie Manuel would have led the troops out of their burrow, blinked at his shadow and ordered all pitchers to the covered mounds. Winter Haven Chuck would have foretold 6 more weeks of a winter that even has the normally benign Suncoast in an icy grip. Calling the World Series, "The Fall Classic," we get. It actually is autumn, according to the calendar - and even though Bud Selig keeps pushing the postseason toward Thanksgiving, he's still in the Fallpark.
SPORTS
March 17, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - On March 7, the Phillies rode a bus 55 miles from here to Sarasota for a spring-training game against the Baltimore Orioles. They did not so much play baseball that day as they committed it. They struck out eight times. They were charged with two fielding errors and probably should have been charged with more. Their pitchers allowed 16 hits and walked six batters. They lost, 15-4. A circus calliope would have provided an appropriate soundtrack. A team often chalks up such messy performances to the easygoing nature of spring training, especially a team with as many experienced players as the Phillies have.
SPORTS
March 28, 2011 | By DAVID MURPHY, dmurphy@phillynews.com
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - One thing that needs to be stressed: Charlie Manuel does not have final say in personnel decisions. The Phillies, like any organization, take a plethora of opinions into consideration before deciding on the makeup of their Opening Day roster. But after the Phillies' 6-1 victory over the Braves in their penultimate Grapefruit League game yesterday, their manager dropped some interesting hints about his views on the few lingering questions that remain. And despite the various viewpoints that general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. will solicit in meetings this week, Manuel's voice is one of the most influential.
SPORTS
February 16, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two springs ago, Phillippe Aumont took the longest walk of shame a professional pitcher can take. Of the seven college kids he faced, three walked, one singled, and another bashed a three-run home run. This was an exhibition game against Florida State University, and because of that, Aumont's debut as a Phillie was never officially recorded. That hardly made the walk down the left-field line from the dugout to the Phillies clubhouse at Bright House Field any less embarrassing.
NEWS
May 31, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
NEW YORK - When the news broke Tuesday that Phillies righthander Roy Halladay is expected to miss six to eight weeks with a shoulder injury, one National League scout who has seen him pitch in spring training and the regular season was not surprised. Halladay was placed on the disabled list retroactive to Monday with a strain of the latissimus dorsi in his right shoulder and back. Halladay received a second opinion Wednesday after a visit with David Altchek, the New York Mets' team doctor.
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March 8, 1988 | By Jayson Stark, Inquirer Staff Writer
It has long been suspected by many of you out there that nobody really needs spring training. Except maybe the Florida Council on Tourism and Trinket Sales. And just last year, along came conclusive proof that some people don't. Such as Tim Raines. Raines played for the Montreal Expos last season. Well, not for all of last season. He left out February. And March. And April. That was because he was a big- name free agent at the time and they weren't exactly in vogue during those particular months.
SPORTS
January 28, 2000 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When the end of January rolls around, baseball players begin taking inventory of their body parts, making sure everything is ready for spring training. Rico Brogna began this process recently, and the answers he got back from his right knee weren't what he was hoping to hear. So Brogna, the Phillies' starting first baseman, will have arthroscopic surgery on the chronically sore knee this morning. Team physician Michael Ciccotti will perform the operation in Philadelphia. Brogna sounded confident that the surgery won't interfere with his preparation for the season.
NEWS
February 6, 1995 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jim Coates, baseball fan and out-of-work auto mechanic, sat on a stool in a near-empty Johnny Be Good's diner and sports bar. Slowly draining a bottle of beer, he switched his attention from a televised basketball game to the muddled state of his favorite sport - and the havoc it might wreak on his hometown. "For a lot of people down here," Coates said, "spring training is the big deal. It's the only time we get to see real baseball. Take that away. . . . " Take that away and sleepy Port Charlotte and the 19 other Florida communities that host big-league teams every February and March might be in big, big trouble.
SPORTS
March 16, 2012
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Another day of spring training passed Thursday without an appearance from second baseman Chase Utley. The Phillies have played 15 Grapefruit League games and an exhibition against Florida State University without their five-time all-star second baseman, a player whose presence in the middle of the lineup will be more important than ever because of first baseman Ryan Howard's anticipated prolonged absence. You may be of the opinion that the only way to get ready to play the game of baseball is by playing the game of baseball, but at least in Utley's case, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. does not agree.
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