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May 7, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
CHICAGO - It's not always going to be an oil painting. That's the line Joe Maddon has used since his hire as manager of the Chicago Cubs last October, before the wintry weather made a mess of bleacher reconstruction and various other planned upgrades for 101-year-old Wrigley Field. She's a mess right now, the old girl, with fans forced to use Porta-Pottys and such, but the browned ivy on the walls is beginning to come to life again and with a little imagination, you can see where it's all headed.
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February 27, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Sports Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Last week, Pat Gillick sat in the lobby of Bright House Field and said the "A" word. He did not scoff. He did not swear. He did not speak in tongues or smoke at the ears. The question was simple: What role will advanced data analysis play during the Grover Cleveland era of the Phillies presidency? "Let me put it this way: I think analytics certainly have a place," Gillick said. "I think it is something that should be paid attention to, just like all information.
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March 25, 2011 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the "Who's Your Daddy?" wing If you're like us, you've been wondering what former Phillies pitcher Pedro Martinez has been up to. Well, the former all-star and Cy Young winner was in Washington on Thursday to conduct a baseball clinic. Oh, and on Friday, he's dropping by the Smithsonian for the unveiling of his portrait at the National Portrait Gallery. Yep, the righthander is a recent acquisition of the museum - at least in a version painted by Susan Miller-Havens, and donated by MLB.com's Peter Gammons and wife.
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June 19, 2003 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Managers Ron Gardenhire of the Minnesota Twins and Jerry Manuel of the Chicago White Sox were chosen yesterday as American League coaches for the July 15 All-Star Game at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. They were picked by AL manager Mike Scioscia of the Anaheim Angels. Gardenhire, in his second season as Minnesota's manager, will be making his all-star debut. Manuel was an AL coach for the 1999 game in Boston. Scioscia also asked six members of his coaching staff to handle batting practice and other on-field duties.
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April 7, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
AS THE CUBS were preparing to open the season with a nationally televised game against the Cardinals, the Braves were busy trading the best closer in baseball for a solid but unspectacular pitching prospect and salary relief. We like to talk about rebuilding as if it is something that can be achieved with an instruction manual and some elbow grease. A linear, mechanical process with easily identifiable steps. Yet, as the Phillies prepare to take on the Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park on one of the most anticlimactic Opening Days in their history, the Cubs and Braves remind us of just how varied the journey can be. Down in Atlanta, general manager John Hart spent the offseason deconstructing a roster that won 94 games in 2012 and 96 games in 2013 and had won at least 86 games five straight seasons.
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January 21, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon took a 1-year deal to avoid arbitration. He could be in the same position next year. The Boston Red Sox righthander agreed yesterday to a contract worth $6.25 million, but he didn't get to follow teammates Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis in agreeing to a long-term deal. "We are certainly open to exploring those ideas going forward," assistant general manager Jed Hoyer said. The Red Sox also agreed to a 1-year, $1.35 million deal with lefty Javier Lopez to avoid arbitration.
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November 25, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
The Boston Red Sox will name Theo Epstein as their general manager, a team source told the Associated Press last night. Epstein, 28, will be the youngest GM in baseball history when the team makes the announcement, which is expected today. Epstein has been Boston's assitant GM since February. He had been director of baseball operations for San Diego. The job had been declined by Oakland GM Billy Beane. Phillies assistant GM Mike Arbuckle and ex-Phillies GM Lee Thom-as, now a Red Sox exec, were among others interviewed.
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January 21, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
The Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers both rebuffed an ESPN report that the teams are resuming talks regarding an Alex Rodriguez for Manny Ramirez trade. The trade, which would have sent Rodriguez, the Rangers' All-Star shortstop, to Boston, was declared dead in December. During a media conference call yesterday, Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said, "The report is completely baseless. " The Rangers responded with a statement released to ESPN: "This deal is dead. Honestly.
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January 25, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
Theo Epstein's new job is the same as his old one: general manager of the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox announced yesterday that Epstein would resume his old duties - nothing more and nothing less than when he left on Halloween. "While Theo was contemplating returning to the organization in an advisory role," Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said in a statement, "he and I talked and agreed it was best for the organization if he returned as general manager - a title more appropriate for him because it accurately reflects the role he will play.
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October 13, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
A PERSON FAMILIAR with the negotiations tells the Associated Press that Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein has agreed to a contract with the Chicago Cubs. The person says compensation issues must be worked out before the deal is finalized. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity last night because there has not been an announcement. Epstein, 37, would leave the Red Sox with a year remaining on his contract as general manager and take over what is expected to be an expanded role with the Cubs, who have gone 103 years without a World Series championship.
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May 7, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
CHICAGO - It's not always going to be an oil painting. That's the line Joe Maddon has used since his hire as manager of the Chicago Cubs last October, before the wintry weather made a mess of bleacher reconstruction and various other planned upgrades for 101-year-old Wrigley Field. She's a mess right now, the old girl, with fans forced to use Porta-Pottys and such, but the browned ivy on the walls is beginning to come to life again and with a little imagination, you can see where it's all headed.
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April 7, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
AS THE CUBS were preparing to open the season with a nationally televised game against the Cardinals, the Braves were busy trading the best closer in baseball for a solid but unspectacular pitching prospect and salary relief. We like to talk about rebuilding as if it is something that can be achieved with an instruction manual and some elbow grease. A linear, mechanical process with easily identifiable steps. Yet, as the Phillies prepare to take on the Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park on one of the most anticlimactic Opening Days in their history, the Cubs and Braves remind us of just how varied the journey can be. Down in Atlanta, general manager John Hart spent the offseason deconstructing a roster that won 94 games in 2012 and 96 games in 2013 and had won at least 86 games five straight seasons.
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February 27, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Sports Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Last week, Pat Gillick sat in the lobby of Bright House Field and said the "A" word. He did not scoff. He did not swear. He did not speak in tongues or smoke at the ears. The question was simple: What role will advanced data analysis play during the Grover Cleveland era of the Phillies presidency? "Let me put it this way: I think analytics certainly have a place," Gillick said. "I think it is something that should be paid attention to, just like all information.
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November 14, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
PHOENIX - When teams are uncertain whether a player fits into their future plans, or have to make a decision on said player's contract status, their front office evaluates the player and his worth, both to their own team and to others, and then makes a calculated decision they feel best suits the team. Sometimes that means trading a popular pitcher who has served as the face of the franchise. "That's one of the reasons we traded [Jeff] Samardzija when we did," Cubs president Theo Epstein said yesterday.
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January 17, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
THEO EPSTEIN traded for Adrian Gonzalez and signed Carl Crawford following pressure from Boston Red Sox owners to build a "sexy team," according to a book co-authored by former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona. Epstein, who left as general manager after the 2011 season to become a Chicago Cubs executive, said Boston owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and president Larry Lucchino made the team's image a priority, according to excerpts released Tuesday by Sports Illustrated . "Francona: The Red Sox Years" is co-written by the Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy and is scheduled for publication Jan. 22. "They told us we didn't have any marketable players, that we needed some sizzle," Epstein is quoted as saying.
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August 17, 2012
Major League Baseball has caught up with another big-time cheater - All-Star Game MVP Melky Cabrera, who on Wednesday was suspended for 50 games without pay after testing positive for testosterone. Cabrera, who is in his first season with the Giants, had 51 hits in May, batting .429 with three homers, five triples, seven doubles, and 17 RBIs. For the season, Cabrera is batting .346 with 11 home runs and 60 RBIs. He is five hits shy of 1,000 in his big-league career. That is a great improvement from 2011, when he hit .305 with 44 doubles, 18 homers, and 87 RBIs for the Kansas City Royals.
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February 28, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
BOSTON RED SOX manager Bobby Valentine yesterday denied that his clubhouse alcohol ban was a public-relations move, and pitcher Josh Beckett blamed "snitches" for leaking the story about players drinking beer and eating fried chicken during games while the team was plummeting to an unprecedented September collapse. Valentine instituted the ban in response to postseason reports that Red Sox pitchers, including Beckett, hung out in the clubhouse on their off-nights eating and drinking instead of sitting in the dugout with their teammates.
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October 28, 2011
Observations, insinuations, ruminations and unvarnished opinions . . .   AS THE PHILLIES tiptoe into what promises to be a daunting offseason of adding and subtracting, healing bodies and mending fences, one pervasive fear seems to be gripping the fans. Manager-in-waiting Ryne Sandberg will be managing somebody's big-league ballclub in 2012. And it will not be this one. Many of you immediately concluded that Sandberg was gone the minute former Red Sox child prodigy Theo Epstein was hired to use his big Harvard brain to awaken the Chicago Cubs from 103 years of stony sleep.
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October 19, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
THERE IS still no sign of Theo Epstein in Chicago. It has been more than a week since word leaked that Epstein was headed to Chicago to join the Cubs after 9 years with the Boston Red Sox. It may take even longer for an official announcement. Major League Baseball prohibits major news announcements during the World Series, which kicks off tomorrow in St. Louis as the Cardinals host the Texas Rangers in Game 1. A person familiar with the negotiations has told the Associated Press Epstein agreed to a contract with the Cubs with a year left on his general manager contract in Boston.
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October 14, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
BY ALL appearances, according to a Red Sox team source, it remained business as usual in Fenway Park as of yesterday afternoon. The general manager, Theo Epstein, was in his office, and his staff of assistants, including GM-in-waiting Ben Cherington, remained engaged in their normal duties. So far, according to the source, Epstein has yet to inform most of his staff whether he is headed to the Chicago Cubs to take over their baseball operations, despite widespread reports that he has accepted a 5-year deal to relocate.
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