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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:07:03 GMT2017-02-21T15:07:03ZCLEARWATER, Fla. - It doesn't matter what you know if nobody will listen. The man who made this point on Monday afternoon has spent most of his life talking hitting with players, enough to know that the first part matters just as much as the second.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:22:36 GMT2017-02-20T23:22:36ZCLEARWATER, Fla. A couple of weeks ago, I made an off-the-cuff statement that attracted a decent amount of reader email. After an offseason in which the Phillies managed to incrementally upgrade at least two spots in their lineup, they would at least have a chance at finishing in the middle of the National League pack in runs scored at the end of the season.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:47:06 GMT2017-02-20T19:47:06Z
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:42:06 GMT2017-02-20T19:42:06ZCLEARWATER, Fla. - Another day of practice had finished Saturday, but there was still work to be done. Andres Blanco needed a haircut. He was in luck.
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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:56:30 GMT2017-02-20T05:56:30ZAnother confirmation of how time flies is unfolding on the east coast of Florida this winter. Jayson Werth arrived at the Washington Nationals' sprawling and sparkling new spring-training facility last week for his seventh and what is likely to be his final season with the ball club.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 02:10:37 GMT2017-02-20T02:10:37ZCLEARWATER, Fla. - He plopped into a leather chair, minutes after his first workout with his new team had ended, and it was official: Chris Coghlan was rebuilding again. No more champagne showers. No more parades. No more Cubbie blue.
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 22:43:13 GMT2017-02-19T22:43:13ZCLEARWATER, Fla. - It was impossible to ignore last October. They called it a revolution, one that spawned dozens of think pieces and praise for forward-thinking managers who deployed their bullpens in aggressive and unconventional methods during the postseason. The modern bullpen, filled with one-inning pitchers, was dead. The era of extreme specialization was over.
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 01:19:03 GMT2017-02-19T01:19:03ZCLEARWATER, Fla. - The first time Joaquin Benoit stepped on a major-league mound, Ivan Rodriguez was his catcher. Rafael Palmeiro manned first and Alex Rodriguez played shortstop. The Dominican rookie pitcher allowed homers in his debut to Robert Fick, Randall Simon, and Damion Easley. His ERA did not creep below 5.00 until his fourth season, but that is not what makes Benoit a marvel as he nears his 40th birthday.
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 01:03:04 GMT2017-02-19T01:03:04ZCLEARWATER, Fla. - Baseball's Rule 5 draft is a flea market in which teams go looking for real furs, and over the years the Phillies have been pretty good at finding them.
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:27:04 GMT2017-02-19T00:27:04ZCLEARWATER, Fla. - This is a long spring, the longest spring, which incentivizes caution when it comes to the young Phillies pitchers in camp. Especially a young pitcher with two new knees.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:38:06 GMT2017-02-17T23:38:06ZCLEARWATER, Fla. - The cruelty of it all was not lost on Mark Appel, a former No. 1 overall pick who went to Florida last June to rest a sore shoulder. The plan, Appel said, was for two or three weeks of rehab. That was before his right elbow "locked up."
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Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:46:59 GMT2017-02-17T14:46:59ZCLEARWATER, Fla. - The room was empty when the last of them arrived: a lean figure with bristly black hair and red workout clothes, his chest in the midst of the post-workout process of rising and falling back to homeostasis. Every day, it goes like this. A half hour after the rest of the team scatters, the accidental closer arrives to an empty room.
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Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:57:54 GMT2017-02-16T23:57:54ZCLEARWATER, Fla. — Class started almost two weeks ago with a simple proposition. Matt Stairs wore sneakers. Nick Williams had cleats. The Phillies hitting coach and his pupil met in an indoor batting cage.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:28:07 GMT2017-02-16T23:28:07ZCLEARWATER, Fla. - The forgotten man inside the home clubhouse at Spectrum Field can be found right smack in the middle of what passes as a veterans row for the rebuilding Phillies. Just a few feet to the left of where Chase Utley used to get ready for work on spring-training mornings, Aaron Altherr finished up his lunch Thursday afternoon with a cup of soup at his locker.