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October 3, 1996 | By Jayson Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Tigers coach Terry Francona apparently will be the first managerial candidate interviewed by the Phillies. Sources indicated that the Phillies plan to ask the Tigers for permission to talk to Francona this week and then hope to interview him early next week. Francona, 37, managed in the White Sox farm system for four years - one in the single-A Midwest League, the other three in double-A Birmingham, where he managed some rookie named Michael Jordan in 1994. Baseball America named Francona its minor-league manager of the year in 1993.
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April 10, 2013
THERE WERE TIMES during his 4 years as Phillies manager that the fans wished Terry Francona would get lost. On Monday, Francona took the request literally, though not intentionally. Francona, on his way to manage the Indians in his first home opener as their manager, got lost in what should have been an easy two-block walk from his apertment. Francona said he plans to ride a small scooter for the short commute to the ballpark, but Monday he decided to put foot to asphalt.
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April 9, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Phillies and Red Sox manager Terry Francona, now the newest Cleveland skipper, made an error in his first home game with the Indians. He got lost making the two-block walk from his apartment to Progressive Field and had to ask for directions. Eventually, a team employee picked him up in a golf cart. Can't blame him. When his father, Indians star Tito - who threw out the ceremonial first pitch - played in Cleveland (and when Terry had a late 1980s stint there), the Tribe played in Municipal Stadium, a crumbling hulk better known as the "Mistake by the Lake.
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March 30, 1997 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The moment that had gnawed at Terry Francona's soul for six weeks finally arrived yesterday. Shortly after 8 a.m., the first-year Phillies manager looked across his desk and told club icon Darren Daulton he was being reduced to a bench player. Not long ago, this would have been blasphemy. But nine knee surgeries and the acquisition of Rico Brogna helped make it a reality. Brogna, 26, will start at first base when the Phils open the season against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
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October 31, 1996 | By Jayson Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
How did Terry Francona find out he was about to become the next manager of the Phillies? "It's a lonnnngg story," Francona said. He was in his car Monday evening, making the long drive from Phoenix back to his home in Tucson, Ariz. Suddenly, the cellular phone rang - the one he didn't know how to use. On the other end was his wife, Jacqueline, telling him that Phillies general manager Lee Thomas had just called. "My heart sank, for some reason," Francona said yesterday, the day the Phillies formally announced his hiring as manager.
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June 28, 2011 | By Michael Sanserino, For The Inquirer
PITTSBURGH - Red Sox slugger David Ortiz could not stick to the company line. While his teammates did their best to lower expectations of the Phillies-Red Sox series, dismissing any suggestion these three games could be a postseason preview, Ortiz spoke candidly about the heavyweight showdown that begins Tuesday night. "In the back of your head," Ortiz said, "you're like, 'I might be facing these guys in the playoffs.' " Make that the World Series. The Phillies (49-30)
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June 1, 1997 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The game began with 28,526 New Yorkers, Jerry Seinfeld included, filling the air with venomous boos as former Met Gregg Jefferies strode to the plate just after 7 p.m. That may have been the night's high point for the Phillies. Chances are your sporting attention was directed elsewhere last night. But trust us, you missed nothing up here, where the Phils turned in another utterly forgettable performance and were beaten, 10-3, by an entertaining Mets club that pounded out 16 hits and got an impressive start from Armando Reynoso(4-0)
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June 8, 1997 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Terry Francona, the man who often overdoses on positive pills, finally crashed last night. After being ejected in the eighth inning of the Phils' 11th loss in the last 13 games, he slumped in his chair, rubbed his bloodshot eyes and searched for answers that can never be found. "I take these losses harder than anyone," he said, still wincing after his club's disquieting 9-2 loss to the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium. "This is hard to go through. I know why we're here and what we're trying to do, but it still kills you. I went through this last year, and it's not easy on anyone.
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June 16, 1999 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The best way to open a trip to the West Coast is with a strong starting pitching performance, one that sets the tone for the whole week, one that the rest of the rotation can feed off. The worst way to open a West Coast trip is to do what Chad Ogea did last night. Ogea grabbed another loss and another early shower as the San Diego Padres handed the Phillies a 6-1 setback at Qualcomm Stadium. Ogea, a winner in just one of his last 10 starts, failed to get an out in the fourth inning.
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September 4, 1997 | By Sam Carchidi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Phillies' stunning second-half turnaround has left many people wondering what the entire season would have been like if most of their starting pitchers had been healthy. Rookie manager Terry Francona, however, says he's not one of those speculating. "I've never been one to think about what-ifs," Francona said before last night's game against the world-champion New York Yankees. "You can't control injuries. " Mike Grace and Tyler Green have returned from injuries to boost the rotation in the second half.
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July 3, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
THE YEAR was 1996. The first full season after baseball's debilitating strike. The Philadelphia Phillies, the last full 162-game season National League champions, sent out a roster of well-regarded thirtysomethings - some holdovers from '93, some not. It was hoped that Benito Santiago, Gregg Jefferies and Todd Zeile would refresh the team that had stumbled in the two previous seasons pockmarked by a baseball strike, a team that still included Darren...
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October 2, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Monday, Cleveland manager Terry Francona let the world in on the secret he used to direct a 24-game turnaround to 92 wins and the AL Central flag for the Indians in his first year at the helm. "We stayed away from chicken and beer," a jovial Francona said of the Tribe's 10-0 run to end the regular season. "That helped. " Tito was alluding to the end of the 2011 season when the Red Sox collapsed with a 7-20 record in the last month. That was followed by accusations that Francona had allowed the Boston clubhouse to become an Animal House, with players drinking beer, eating chicken, and playing Donkey Kong during games.
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October 2, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
IS THERE A RIFT in the Giants' locker room? Eagles fans can only hope. According to a report, Giants defensive end Justin Tuck ordered his teammates to get behind head coach Tom Coughlin, or else. "If anyone turns on our coach, I would be the first one to punch him in the mouth," Tuck told the New York Daily News. "And put that in print. It better not happen, I know that. " Tuck took offense at wide receiver Victor Cruz' questioning of Coughlin's playcalling during Sunday's 31-7 loss to the Chiefs that dropped the Giants to 0-4. Cruz thought the coach should have gone for a first down on fourth-and-1 at the Giants' 30 late in the third quarter.
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September 23, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Many questioned his judgment, Terry Francona said. After one year off following a successful eight-year run as manager in Boston that included two World Series titles, Francona took over as manager of the Cleveland Indians this season. The job appeared almost as bleak as when he earned his first managerial position with the Phillies in 1997. "A lot of people were saying, 'What are you doing?' " Francona said Tuesday before his Indians won a crucial 5-3 game against the host Kansas City Royals in a playoff-like atmosphere for two teams contending for a wild-card berth.
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May 29, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
Things are getting chippy in the Buckeye State during the Cincinnati-Cleveland interleague series. Even the broadcasters are getting into it. Tom Hamilton, the longtime "Voice of the Indians" was incensed after Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman buzzed a couple of high-and-inside fastballs past Tribe slugger Nick Swisher in the ninth inning of Cincinnati's 4-2 win Monday. After the second pitch, Hamilton sounded as if he was ready to come out of the booth to brawl. "What you'd love to see Swisher do here is knock it right off the temple of Chapman and see how much fun it is to have a ball coming at your head," Hamilton said.
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May 24, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
TERRY FRANCONA should be glad the standing ovation came early in the game. The former Red Sox manager, now managing the Cleveland Indians, got a video tribute and standing ovation after the first inning at Boston's Fenway Park. Then the Tribe pounded the Red Sox. Drew Stubbs and Mark Reynolds drove in three runs each and Cleveland had 16 hits - none of them a home run - in the Indians' 12-3 win over Boston last night. In 8 years as Red Sox manager, Francona won two World Series championships.
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May 22, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jonathan Papelbon is in the century club. According to baseball-almanac.com, there is video evidence of his fastball being clocked at 100 m.p.h. during an April 22, 2008 game at Fenway Park. It's a cool accomplishment because there are so few people on this planet who can generate that kind of arm speed. But velocity is like good looks. Eventually, unless you're a super freak like Nolan Ryan, the speed of a pitcher's fastball is going to decline. Papelbon, in his second season with the Phillies, decided last year to take that matter into his own hands in an effort to prolong his career.
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April 30, 2013 | BY SAM DONNELLON, Daily News Staff Writer donnels@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Here's a question: If Carlos Ruiz ever becomes unpopular with fans, how will he know? For example, when that familiar "Oooo" sound emanated from the Citi Field stands as Chooch walked to the plate for the first time yesterday afternoon, can we be certain it came entirely from the large Phillies contingent of the 28,990 attendees, and not some real boos from Mets fans? Yeah, we can. Because right now, at least, Ruiz is far more of a local hero than an opposition villain, even after a 2012 season in which he hit .325 with 16 home runs and 68 runs batted in, in just 114 games.
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April 17, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
MIKE NAPOLI hit a three-run double in Boston's seven-run second inning and the Red Sox, playing with heavy hearts the day after the deadly bombings back home, beat the host Cleveland Indians, 7-2, on Tuesday night. Boston's players were already en route to Cleveland when they learned of the explosions near the Boston Marathon's finish line that killed three and injured more than 170. The Red Sox were hoping to bring some relief to those affected by the tragedy, and they may have while winning their fourth straight.
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