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May 11, 1989 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phillies shortstop Steve Jeltz wasn't exactly the People's Choice last summer. Or last winter, for that matter. Last winter, after a season in which he batted .187, Jeltz asked for a raise. A $100,000 raise. He eventually signed a contract for $250,000 - $35,000 more than he earned last year. Fair or not, Jeltz's horrendous 1988 season and his subsequent contract negotiations made him the favorite whipping boy of talk-show callers during the off-season. Five weeks into the season, however, the whipping boy isn't beaten.
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June 9, 1989 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
Aw, shucks. T'weren't nothin' to it. The deeper the advancing microphones pushed Steve Jeltz into his locker last night, the more Jeltz dug deep for the kind of humble, team-first platitudes he obviously feels heroes are required to recite. Jeltz credited the Phillies' relievers with being the key to last night's improbable 15-11 victory over the Pirates. He credited chemistry. Eventually, he even credited God. All he said by way of crediting Steve Jeltz, really, was that he had worked extra hard taking infield practice, to stay ready for an event such as last night, when he replaced hobbled second baseman Tom Herr in the second inning.
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January 28, 1989 | By Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
Try, try again. The Phillies have been threatening, promising, attempting to replace Steve Jeltz as their starting shortstop for two years now. Yesterday they did it. The Phillies were happy to announce that they had purchased the contract of shortstop Dickie Thon from the San Diego Padres, and manager Nick Leyva was quick to hand him the starting job. "We made this move to have Dickie Thon as our regular shortstop, and we feel...
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February 19, 1987 | By PAUL HAGEN, Daily News Sports Writer
On the day the Phillies began looking forward to a new season, they took a glance back over their shoulders, inviting lefthander Steve Carlton to work out with the team. Carlton does not have a contract but has a chance to make the staff. "He has no place to go," said Bill Giles, president of the club. "He will be given a chance to make the team. We saw him throw yesterday and he was throwing better. Of course we won't know until he faces real batters. " Carlton, the Phillies opening day pitcher last year, was released in mid- season and pitched for the San Francisco Giants and Chicago White Sox. He had contacted several teams this spring for a tryout but no one would give him a chance.
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February 14, 1990 | By Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
Every year, it seems, the Steve Jeltz contract negotiations are among the thorniest the Phillies have to deal with. Once again, however, the sides stopped short of an arbitration hearing. The Phillies announced yesterday that Jeltz had agreed to a one-year contract for $410,000, plus a potential $60,000 in performance bonuses. Last season, Jeltz made a base salary of $250,000, plus $5,000 for appearing in half the Phillies games. He batted a career-high .243 and had filed for $500,000 in arbitration.
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April 2, 1990 | By Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
The other night, when strong rumors began to surface that shortstop Steve Jeltz was about to be traded to the Kansas City Royals for righthander Jose DeJesus, a respected veteran scout was asked if the Phillies should make that deal. "I'd carry Steve Jeltz on my back all the way to Kansas City and drop him off at home plate to make that trade," said Uncle Hughie Alexander, who has made a few in his life. That wasn't meant as a slam on Jeltz, who everybody agrees will help the Royals.
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February 3, 1989 | By Peter Pascarelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies and new shortstop Dickie Thon avoided salary arbitration yesterday by agreeing to a contract 45 minutes before the scheduled hearing in Los Angeles. Thon, who earned $400,000 last season, signed a one-year contract worth $450,000. The deal also includes incentive bonuses that could raise his salary to more than $500,000. While still a member of the San Diego Padres, Thon had submitted an arbitration figure of $575,000, while the Padres had made an offer of $400,000.
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August 15, 1987 | By PAUL HAGEN, Daily News Sports Writer
The most Lee Elia would ever let himself be pinned down, the closest he ever came to setting an invisible deadline for elimination that would precede the official mathematical one, was that the Phillies needed to get within 10 games of first place by the middle of August. "If you can get it into single digits by then," he said, "Anything can happen. Well, it is the public's right to know that today is Aug. 15, halfway through the month. And after last night's 8-4 loss to the first-place St. Louis Cardinals that snapped a five-game winning streak, the Phillies find themselves resting in fourth place of the NL East, 11 games out, with 47 left to play.
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March 30, 1990 | By Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
There is every reason to believe that when the Phillies break camp a week from Sunday, backup shortstop Steve Jeltz will not be flying to Chicago with the rest of the team. All indications are that he will have been traded by then. Kansas City Royals general manager John Schuerholz finally called Phillies GM Lee Thomas yesterday morning to inquire about Jeltz. He's going to compile a list of players he'd be willing to give up for Jeltz, then call back. The Houston Astros are interested.
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June 30, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The implications were clear when the Phillies signed talented but injury-prone outfielder Grady Sizemore to a minor-league contract last week. Sizemore, 31, has played in only 156 games over the last five seasons. His comeback with Boston, a team desperate for outfield fortifications, resulted in his release after two months. "Well," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said, "I'd like to have more production in the outfield. It's pretty simple. " Should Sizemore demonstrate competency at triple-A Lehigh Valley, he will join the Phillies by the all-star break.
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May 29, 2010 | By John Gonzalez, Inquirer Columnist
There was a time, during the late '80s and the '90s, when I was convinced Philly would never celebrate another major sports championship. Those were dark days. I remember the first time my dad took me to a Phillies game. I was in grade school. We went with some of the other neighborhood kids who were on my Little League team. We sat up in the 700 Level at the Vet. I'll never forget how the warm summer sun made the green artificial turf shimmer. It was 1988. The Phils were essentially Mike Schmidt and a bunch of guys not named Mike Schmidt.
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March 4, 1991 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
Over and over, during the winter, they were asked about remaining Phillies priorities as the regular season relentlessly approached. And Lee Thomas and Nick Leyva, general manager and manager in arms, got to where the answers ticked off like a metronome, a rhythm of the ain'ts. Find a lefthanded reliever. Identify the fifth starter. Make a once-and- for-all decision on Ricky Jordan, which could pave the way for a major move before camp breaks in Clearwater. Pick between Wally Backman and Mickey Morandini at second base.
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October 2, 1990 | By Jayson Stark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Not everybody can be a league leader. Then again, not everybody wants to be a league leader - especially in the categories we're looking at this week. If you guessed that it's time for our annual list of League Leaders Who Wish They Weren't, well, right you are. MENDOZA MEN. Down there beneath the Mendoza Line (latitude: .200), we find a furious race for the lowest batting average in baseball. The question is whether either of the co-leaders - Cleveland's Ken Phelps or Mendoza mainstay Steve Jeltz (both are at .150)
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July 25, 1990 | By Michael Bamberger, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joe Boever, relief pitcher, took a midday flight to Philadelphia from Atlanta yesterday and by 5 p.m. he was running around at the Vet, throwing, taking batting practice, shaking hands. The Phillies had a jersey with his name and number on it all ready for him - No. 30, formerly the property of Steve Jeltz. But as of late yesterday afternoon, they were still searching for maroon sneakers for him. Trades are nearly always hard on players, and midseason trades often the hardest. But Boever, who comes to the Phillies in the trade that sent righthander Marvin Freeman to the Braves on Monday, said yesterday that he was ready to go to work.
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June 20, 1990 | By Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
This is how it works for a baseball team when things are breaking right: The starting pitcher, acquired during spring training for a backup shortstop the team was disenchanted with anyway, pitches eight innings against the club that's leading the division. And the first reliever, whose contract was purchased in a minor transaction shortly before the season started, continues his dazzling work with 1 2/3 shutout innings. And the second reliever, who was nearly released, comes in to get a big out. And the shortstop, another player picked up for cash a year-and-a-half earlier, singles with two out in the bottom of the 10th to drive in the winning run. And they all lived happily ever after . . . Aw, this story is still a long way from being a hardball fairy tale.
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June 13, 1990 | By Tom Mahon, Daily News Sports Writer
The Montreal Expos lost the battle to the Phillies last night, but they're still winning the war. Montreal has only outscored the Phillies by seven runs in the seven games they have played, but leads the season-series, 5-2, including a doubleheader sweep on Monday night to kick off an eight-game road trip that ends Sunday in St. Louis. "They were two big wins to start a road trip," Expos manager Buck Rodgers said. "Especially since we haven't played a doubleheader in two years.
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June 11, 1990 | By Michael Bamberger, Inquirer Staff Writer
The condition of Von Hayes' bruised and sore right foot appears to be serious. Yesterday, he did not dress and Phillies manager Nick Leyva said there was virtually no chance that the rightfielder, who leads the Phillies in homers and RBIs, would play in the three-game home series against the Montreal Expos that begins today. Leyva said his worst fear was that the Phillies will need to put Hayes on the 15-day disabled list. Leyva and general manager Lee Thomas plan to discuss that possibility today after talking to physicians.
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May 11, 1990 | By Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
Two years ago, it was Ricky Jordan who seemed to come out of nowhere - actually, it was Old Orchard Beach, Maine, where the Phillies Triple A farm team was then located - to put some late-summer sizzle in a team that had already fizzled. Last year it was precocious lefthander Pat Combs who rocketed through the organization like a man in a hurry to make a 4-0 big league debut in September. This year, who knows? But real baseball fans have always enjoyed the opportunity to catch the rising stars in the minor leagues before the rest of the nation finds out about the guy. And no matter what their records, the Red Barons and R Phils both have players that are fun to watch . . . and should play in Veterans Stadium someday.
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April 9, 1990 | By Michael Bamberger, Inquirer Staff Writer
Manager Nick Leyva expects that his everyday infield this season will be the same one you saw last year, after Mike Schmidt's retirement: Darren Daulton catching, Ricky Jordan at first, Tom Herr at second, Charlie Hayes at third and Dickie Thon at short. Offensively, and that's probably not the best way to look at an infield, those five men can be productive. Herr, 34 years old now, is one of the game's better singles hitters - he batted .287 last year, and there's no reason to think he won't get on base a whole lot this year, too. Thon, fully recuperated, psychically and physically, from his 1984 beaning, batted .271 and cracked 15 homers last year, more than any other National League shortstop.
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