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Archive: October, 2012

Ruiz gets $5 million option; Phils buyout Wigginton and Contreras

Monday, October 29, 2012, 12:57 PM
We always knew catcher Carlos Ruiz would at least remain with the Phillies through the 2013 season and, barring the unlikely scenario of a trade, that became official Monday when the club exercised the $5 million option on his contract. The next question is whether the Phillies will work out a contract... Read more

Phillies still mulling over minor-league staff

Monday, October 22, 2012, 2:07 PM
The Phillies’ big-league coaching staff is in place, but the promotions of Ryne Sandberg, Steve Henderson and Rod Nichols have left some holes to fill on the minor-league side. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Monday that the team was still discussing how to configure the minor-league... Read more

Sandberg thrilled to be back in the big leagues

Friday, October 19, 2012, 1:34 PM
Ryne Sandberg found out his climb back to the big leagues was complete shortly after the Phillies returned to Philadelphia following their final series of the season in Washington. “When the train got back from Washington D.C. after that last game of the year, I was told that (manager) Charlie... Read more

One consolation: A high draft pick

Thursday, October 18, 2012, 10:29 AM
An 81-81 season produced many things for these Phillies, among them, a higher draft pick than in recent history. They will select 16th in Major League Baseball's June draft. It is their highest selection since 2001 when righty Gavin Floyd was tabbed with the fourth overall pick. The last 10 years... Read more

Henderson believes he can provide relaxation

Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 11:58 AM
Charlie Manuel bemoaned his hitters' tendency to press in tense situations more than once during a bitter 2012 season. The message will not change when the Phillies employ their third different hitting coach in four seasons, but Steve Henderson believes he is the man to deliver it. "I feel like I... Read more

Galvis starts hot in winter ball; no left for Ruf

Monday, October 15, 2012, 12:04 PM
Four days into Venezuelan winter ball play and Freddy Galvis has made a splash in his return to organized baseball while Darin Ruf is awaiting his chance to gain experience in left field. Galvis had not played in a game since June 6 because of a fractured back and performance-enhancing drug suspension... Read more

Wally Joyner hired as assistant hitting coach

Monday, October 15, 2012, 4:22 PM
During a coaching overhaul immediately following a disappointing 2012 season, the Phillies decided they wanted two hitting coaches to offer their lineup differing methods of instruction. They hired Wally Joyner, a 16-year major-league veteran, Monday to serve as assistant hitting coach. Joyner, 50... Read more

Raul Ibanez: Of course.

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 1:46 PM
It was a Saturday in March and Raul Ibanez was optimistic because Raul Ibanez is always optimistic. Even when he lugged a hitless streak that lasted 35 excruciating at-bats. Even when he played through pain. Even when his swing failed him for months at a time because it always returned. But now Ibanez... Read more

Hunter Pence rallies Giants, and other thoughts

Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 11:39 AM
Philadelphia is reduced to watching its former players -- Hunter Pence, Scott Rolen, Kyle Lohse, Jayson Werth, Brandon Moss, Ryan Vogelsong, Quintin Berry, so on and so forth -- and Tuesday's action in Cincinnati featured them. Hunter Pence delivered a motivational dugout speech before Game 3 against... Read more

An Arizona Fall League primer

Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 10:32 AM
Welcome to Citizens Bank Park, where the Phillies will hold a workout day Tuesday in between games of their division series with... oh, wait. Right. But hey, the Arizona Fall League starts Tuesday and that's something. Maybe? Sure. The Phillies have seven players on the Peoria Javelinas in this fall's... Read more
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