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March 29, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The news from Clearwater late last week jarred my memory. In five short months, without seeing him manage a single game that counted, Matt Klentak decided he wanted to see more of Pete Mackanin. Klentak, the Phillies' 35-year-old general manager, sat next to Mackanin, the 64-year-old Chicago native who had waited a lifetime for the opportunity to become a big-league manager without an interim label, as the team revealed its biggest news of spring training. The Phillies tore up the contract that did not guarantee Mackanin anything beyond this season and gave him one that takes him through next season with a club option for 2018.
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March 26, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Phillies manager Pete Mackanin is hitting his players in their wallets if they fail to exercise fundamentals or demonstrate hustle. The manager began issuing fines this spring - to the tune of just 50 cents - for players mishaps during spring training. "It allows me to be a real [jerk] about things like that," Mackanin said. "What are you going to complain about 50 cents?" Mackanin reads off the fines each morning during the team's daily meeting. The entire team is fined each time a player breaks one of Mackanin's rules.
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March 20, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. - A year ago Sunday, Maikel Franco stuffed a red duffel bag with his baseball belongings. He walked to the Carpenter Complex as a minor-league player, the result of overswinging to impress Phillies officials in spring training. His time, they told him, would come. Franco became Sal Rende's pupil once again. The hitting coach at triple-A Lehigh Valley met with Franco and outlined his goals. Better pitch selection. More patience. Knowing the situation , a word Franco constantly repeats from his established corner of the clubhouse at Bright House Field.
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March 19, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Vince Velasquez was in trouble. As his pitch count mounted Thursday in the fifth inning of a 6-1 Phillies loss, his fourth Grapefruit League start neared its conclusion. A single followed by double off the wall put Tampa Bay runners on second and third. Catcher Gabriel Lino trotted to the mound. "Let's just get after it," Velasquez told Lino. "No messing around. Let's just get after it. " The 23-year-old righthander used his secondary pitches to reach two-strike counts.
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March 19, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - This spring, Ryan Howard said, is about fun. "Smiling again," he said Thursday, soon after he doubled and homered against a lefthanded pitcher. Fun, because there is no such thing as a platoon in the Grapefruit League. When the season starts April 4, Howard is likely to split time at first base with Darin Ruf. A few at-bats in the spring will not change that, but Howard is unequivocal in his belief that he can still hit lefties. He is happy to have the chance, for now. This spring, he is 3 for 6 with two doubles, a home run and one strikeout against lefthanded pitching.
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March 17, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, Staff Writer
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - He was three more conquered batters closer to a goal that a 31-year-old survivor of shoulder surgery no longer considers paramount. Yes, Andrew Bailey said, everyone wants to be the closer. But surgery, which rendered the former rookie of the year and all-star reliever an afterthought, forces one to reassess his priorities. "I felt good," Bailey said Tuesday after striking out the side for his fourth scoreless outing of the spring. And, in the quest to find the next Phillies closer, that is an important step.
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March 15, 2016 | By Matt Breen, Staff Writer
TAMPA, Fla. - Pete Mackanin glanced Saturday at the numbers and reports on the three pitchers competing to be the Phillies' fifth starter. He met Sunday morning with his coaches to discuss it. Midway through spring training, the manager is encouraged. "We tried to figure it out," Mackanin said. "Let me put it this way: It's a problem, but it's the kind of problem we were hoping to have. So it's a great problem and we're just going to continue to see them pitch and hope that the best man wins.
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March 12, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Freddy Galvis thought the Phillies clubhouse was too quiet when he arrived last month at spring training. So Galvis went to a nearby electronics store and purchased an oversize speaker to stash in the empty locker next to his stall. The second baseman plays the role of DJ, controlling the music as the team arrives in the morning or eats lunch before games. "It was something that I tried to do to have a good clubhouse," Galvis said. "I think the music is good for that.
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March 12, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - One by one, the players gravitated Thursday morning to one corner of the crowded Phillies clubhouse to embrace three young pitchers. Mark Appel, Zach Eflin, and Jake Thompson emptied their lockers into red bags. Veterans shook their hands. Other prospects hugged and joked with them. The future rotation was demoted to minor-league camp. "Hopefully, we'll all get up at the same time and play for 10 years," Thompson said. "That's how it's supposed to work. " It is dangerous, of course, to assume anything about pitching prospects.
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March 11, 2016
There was no hesitation from Yadier Molina. The St. Louis Cardinals catcher stepped up and made the play. Molina executed the maneuver that got him injured, a sweeping tag at the plate, saving a run in his spring training debut. "I was ready, I wasn't thinking about anything," Molina said after playing three innings against the Miami Marlins on Wednesday in Jupiter, Fla. "I just tried to get the guy and everything went right. " Molina wore a splint to protect his surgically repaired thumb and played three innings, but did not bat after being listed ninth in the lineup.
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