Philadelphia Phillies

MacPhail: GM-manager connection 'critical'
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The moment that Phillies general manager Matt Klentak told Pete Mackanin that he wanted a new manager next season, the expectations for the Phillies ratcheted up dramatically.

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MacPhail, ownership content with club's formula
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Andy MacPhail’s day planner for Wednesday, June 21, was almost completely blocked out by two notations. There was a game against the Cardinals that night at Citizens Bank Park. First, though, the Phillies president would meet with the team’s ownership group.

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Bowa staying with Phillies, but unlikely as coach
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Larry Bowa is staying with the Phillies. A source confirmed on Monday that the Phillies have asked Bowa to remain in the organization, although he is unlikely to return as a member of the coaching staff.

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Phillies optimistic after solid second half
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The Phillies’ bright future didn’t look so bright at the All-Star break. But enough of their young players and prospects showed promise in the second half that it’s not crazy to think that, with a good offseason, the Phillies could legitimately be a .500 team next season.

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Phils give Ashburn Award to longtime employee
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The Phillies presented longtime employee Chris Pohl with its 2017 Richie Ashburn Achievement Award.

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Draft order set; Phillies to pick No. 3
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Both the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers had designs on the postseason in 2017. For a variety of reasons, things didn’t work out as planned. The consolation prize? Getting to pick at the top of the 2018 Draft.

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Mackanin receives long ovation in final game
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The Citizens Bank Park faithful lobbed more than their fair share of standing ovations upon worthy subjects in 2017, an odd thought as the Phillies occupied the lower reaches of the standings for the entirety of the season.

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Bowa's future with Phillies up in the air
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Larry Bowa has put his fate into the hands of the Phillies front office.

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Bats erupt to lift Phils to shutout win in finale
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Mets manager Terry Collins and Phillies manager Pete Mackanin exchanged lineup cards at home plate for the final time Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

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Hoskins ties it, but Phillies fall to Mets in extras
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Mets third baseman Asdrubal Cabrera had a big Saturday night in the penultimate game of the 2017 season.</p>

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Alfaro exits after collision at home plate
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The sixth inning of Saturday’s extra-inning contest against the Mets was likely the last we’ll see of Phillies catcher Jorge Alfaro in 2017, after the backstop took a heavy shot to the head in a collision at home plate.

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Phillies shift Mackanin out of manager's seat
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Pete Mackanin will not be back next season as the Phillies’ manager. The Phils made the announcement on Friday, less than five months after they signed him to a contract extension through 2018.

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