Friday, March 16, 2018

Phillies to play on MLB Network on Sunday


March 16, 2018 – The Philadelphia Phillies at Minnesota Twins Spring Training game on Sunday will be available on MLB Network in the Philadelphia television market live at 1:00 p.m. ET.
MLB Network’s complete Spring Training game schedule, which features nearly 200 games and at least one live Spring Training game every day through Tuesday, March 27, can be viewed here. MLB Network’s MLB Tonight, featuring highlights, news and analysis, will air at 7:00 p.m. ET on Sunday. Local channel listings can be found

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Phillies Obtain Arrieta - this could be great for Phillies

The Baseball Talk Radio show recorded March 11, 2018

The Phillies landed Jake Arrieta after what seemed to be one of the latest holdouts in recent memory for such a superstar. Arrieta has landed with the Phillies for a 3-year deal and $75M, that seems like it's a lot of money but pitcher's such as Jake Arrieta are few and far between.

Look at what he's done, a Cy Young Award winner in 2015, and an 18-8 record the following year in 2016. Arrieta really found himself in Chicago after spending some really mediocre years in Baltimore, where he amassed a 20-25 record and had a 5.46 ERA.

A quick look at Jake's numbers in Chicago tells you that he was a big part of the success of the World Series champions of 2016 when the Cubs beat the Indians 4-3 in a hard fought series. He's an 8 year veteran at the age of 32 this year, and just what the Phillies need to possibly lead them to a better finish this season.

Arrieta's Career Numbers:

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Year Age Tm W L W-L% ERA GS IP Awards
8 Yr8 Yr8 Yr8856.6113.571911161.0
162 162 162 1510.6113.5733203
CHC CHC CHC 6831.6872.73128803.0
BAL BAL BAL 2025.4445.4663358.0
NL (NL (NL (6831.6872.73128803.0
AL (AL (AL (2025.4445.4663358.0
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Generated 3/11/2018.

Friday, March 09, 2018

Latest Phillies Talk Podcast - 20 Days until Opening Day

Will the new lineup of players and new manager spell a success for this year's Phillies team? Matt Veasey joins me to talk about the Phillies infield, we'll take a look around the horn at the infield,

Carlos Santana has the first baseman's job, but does it come at the expense of Rhys Hoskins?

 Fans have been very patient with this Phillies management with the really poor showings that this team has been going through, I think that this may change if things with the team doesn't do well, we talk about this.

We take an early look at the first few series on the Phillies schedule as well rounds this show out!

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Latest Baseball Talk Radio Show Podcast - Depace Sports Museum and more!

It's The Baseball Talk Radio Show for this week, my other show other than Phillies Talk Podcast that I do on baseball.

This week we're talking all about the free agents still on the baseball market, what's changed with ownership this year? We're talking about that.

Also, my trip to The Museum of Sports press conference, which was a couple weeks ago. I am still in awe of holding the bat that Babe Ruth used, oh yeah, did I mention it was worth $1.4M too? Before the bigger museum opens in Philadelphia, you can visit the catalyst for the musuem, the Depace Sports Museum and Library in Collingswood NJ. A vast collection of sports memorabilia for you to see!

All this and more, Opening Day pitchers, what plans do you have this upcoming season for baseball, and of course we mention baseball and the 'entertainment dollar'. Tune in and subscribe on Youtube, you can get notifications of new shows if they aren't posted here. This show is also on iTunes and Stitcher Radio and

Check out the home for great baseball talk shows here, Baseball Talk

Monday, March 05, 2018

Hard to believe, it's the 10 year reunion of the Phillies '08 WS team in Clearwater

It's funny how fast time flies, and it's been 10 years since the Phils won the World Series. Let that sink in, yes, it's been a full 10 years since that has happened. A great celebration of that time has been undertaken at Spectrum Field in Clearwater.

On Sunday in Clearwater, there were autograph signings by the Phillies most winning manager, Charlie Manuel, a skipper that guided the 2008 team to the World Series victory, Rich Dubee, the Phillies longtime pitching coach (2005-2013), and Jimy Williams, who was the Phillies bench coach during the 2008 season, Williams was hired on October 16, 2006 and left after the World Series winning season. There were other players on the field as well including Jimmy Rollins, Brett Myers, Pedro Feliz, and Scott Eyre.

The fun continues at CBP later this year with a special appearance by more of the 2008 team at the stadium on Sunday, August 5th.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

It's Play Ball! time in Spring Training! Episode 3.1 - Live Stream The Baseball Talk Radio Show

Everyone on probably knows about the Phillies Talk Podcast, one of the earliest internet broadcasts to follow the Phillies, it was originated about 12 years ago.

I'd like to invite the readers of the blog and listeners of Phillies Talk to listen and watch my other show that I do on baseball with the great Gary Mack, from Long Island NY. We're going live with the show at 1 PM today!

Have a question about Spring Training or baseball in general, we'd love to have you send in your comments!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Phils drop Grapefruit opener, may be in running for Arrieta

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Scott Kingery - The Phils have high hopes for him in 2018

The Phillies did really well against their yearly match up with the local college, the University of Tampa, that is the first test of the year for this new Phillies team. This years Phillies team went onto the diamond for the first time and were able to bring away a win. Today, however was the first official game of the Grapefruit League and the Phils lost vs. the Blue Jays 2-1.

You can't look at wins and losses in the first couple weeks of Spring Training, or even more because of the constant subbing of players by management who need to evaluate many different players who are auditioning for a spot on the roster.

A glaring deficiency in the Phillies roster has been a bonafide ace, there was a report that the Phillies are thinking about a deal with Jake Arrieta. The usual disagreements have surfaced though, and those are usually money and length of contract. The money issue doesn't seem to be the issue this time around but the time of contract may be. The fact that Arrieta is even considering signing with the Phillies is encouraging. The team has been on the bottom of the pile for so long, it's hard to believe there would be interest by a marquee player such as Jake.

We'll see how that works out, if a deal can be made and for how long. Will it add up to sparking some much needed veteran leadership with this team is also a factor in picking up someone with success and some years on the mound.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Waiting for the season to start!

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Nothing better than seeing this picture from Spring Training year after year.

With the advent of all the social media outlets, it is a really great thing for fans!

Games to start up tomorrow vs University of Tampa and then the Grapefruit League starts up on the 24th!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Depace Sports Museum in Collingswood to merge collection with The Sports Museum

There is a small sports museum in Collingswood, NJ that you probably haven't heard of. That place is called the Depace Sports Museum, it was started by a local cardiologist, Nicholas L. Depace, who has a passion for collecting sports memorabilia to the tune of a $40M treasure trove of Philadelphia connected and other sports memorabilia. Depace has had a close connection to many of the local legends of sports in the Philadelphia area with his physician's office, no one is immune from health troubles with the heart. For Dr. Depace, collection sports memorabilia has been a lifelong passion for him and something that outside of his own profession, really brings him an inner peace well after the hours of his normally demanding schedule of visiting patients and caring for sick people.

For several years one of the biggest area collections of awesome sports memorabilia has been housed in Collingswood, NJ - it still is. The Depace Museum is still open there and will be open for the foreseeable future as yesterday's press conference at the Jetro Warehouse, in the shadow of Lincoln Financial Field, announced a much larger project using a lot of the items that Depace has collected over the years and a merging of dreams started by such notable names in Philadelphia sports like Ed Snider, Lou Scheinfeld - who founded Spectacor (before it became Comcast Spectacor) among other local sports endeavors, and has been trumpeting a museum such as this for the last 6 years, Ed Rendell - Philadelphia mayor and former 45th Pennsylvania Governor (2003-2011), former Democratic National Chairman, and passionate Philly sports supporter and fan (and lead Treasurer chairperson for The Museum of Sports), Ken Goldin, whose New Jersey company handles millions of dollars in Sports Memorabilia auctions. All were speakers yesterday at the press conference announcing this project that is being trumpeted as 'for the fans'. It will be something that fans can help develop and build much like they did with the Harry Kalas Statue project that took place back in 2011 and was started by fans in the business name of 'Dear Harry Inc.' - that all paid for by generous donations from fans.

Some of the best things which includes buildings, inventions, and more that have ever been developed have started out with a dream. It's the dream of fans or collector's to have a lot of what they like to accumulate be it memories in the mind or tangible items like baseball glove for example. The satisfaction of collecting leads to some sort of emotional fulfillment. That is the message of The Sports Museum.

 I found myself at the press conference yesterday like I was at the beginning of something that may be a part of the Philadelphia sports legacy for many decades to come, a dream that has been sharpened into a realistic vision with purpose. Many millions of dollars still have to be raised in this project to make it a reality. The Museum of Sports isn't something that is being funded by the Super Bowl champion Eagles, Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia Sixers, or the Philadelphia Union. It's going to be a place, call it a shrine of local sports treasures - a treasure trove that will feature interactive displays and a rotating schedule of events with local sports talent who now will have a venue of their own to interact with fans that are perhaps some of the best fans in the nation. Still as I sat in the cold venue that will eventually house a gleaming museum, I could only think that all of the dignitaries and media, and fans alike present at this ceremony where embarking on a grass roots movement ' an old school style', just outside the stark fence around Lincoln Financial Field remained locked to our cars just across the street - as we all were parked illegally up and down the street near the future home of the museum, we were like some vagabond neighbors moving in next door to a multi-millionaire (and in the case of the Eagles, a billion dollar franchise), the tattered red carpets that led to the front steps of the warehouse and soon to be museum were from rented rugs that probably made their way there from some South Philly restaurant, after all, South Philly isn't Hollywood. The cold blowing air inside the event reminded me of the struggle of dreams like building a project like this, I talked with a sharply dressed Asian woman who had a very nice dress on but like others in the room, she said she was very cold (she filmed the press conference and beamed it to Facebook Live), my own friend with me covering the event and Phillies Talk podcaster Mike McCabe aka "The Mayor of The Boardwalk" had just been released from the hospital with pneumonia the day before, but he and people like us were there in this chilly environment. And me, sitting there in awe not at the big names of some of the people present at the announcement: Jerry Blavat, Ed Rendell, Philly councilman Kenyatta Barnes, Dr. Nicholas Depace, but I could only sit there and stare at the projected video of legendary performances from our prior sports teams, Julius 'Doc' Erving sailing through the air fed by Mo Cheeks, Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz, Brad Lidge celebrating the World Series win back in 2008, Bobby Clarke and Bernie Parent with the Flyers glory days back in the 70's, Chuck Bednarik (Eagles great and someone who played well before my time of watching the game), and even a story told my Lou Scheinfeld about his watching of Philadelphia professional baseball back in 1948 - that all held my interest and I can't wait for this project to open!

The Sports Museum  (join them on Facebook here) is a dream with purpose. Contribute to it today!

NBC Sports story on the Press Conference announcing The Sports Museum:

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Spring has sprung.. at least in Florida it is!

Spring Training has begun in Florida with pitchers and catchers reporting to Clearwater today (on Valentines Day) to an enthusiastic manager who would like the team to really do well this year. Isn't that the goal of every manager. Spring dreams of baseball teams, a fresh start in a new season that is starting up soon.

We'll have to see if the hype around this team is something that will bring some excitement but more important winning to this team that has seen itself decline to the depths of the MLB in the last couple of years.

A lot of fans say that the Phillies should have added a star pitcher this year and that's something that they really seem to need. So far, it hasn't happened though. The Phils remain committed to be uncommitted to any sort of superstar for the time being.

So it goes, another reporting day is here, a brand new season on the horizon, and the Phils are back! Full squad workouts on the 19th - then the Grapefruit League starts a few days after that on the 23rd.

If you missed the podcast with some comments from Phillies new manager, Gabe Kapler, check out the podcast for right here, the show is called Phillies Talk Podcast. I will also post the whole commentary by Kapler from the Phillies College Summit 2018 in a few days for a podcast of it's own. Great that baseball is back and ready to go. 

Of course in the Philly area, every time Spring Training starts up in Florida, it seems like we get snow in the Philadelphia / NJ / Del area, and this year is no different. A possibly large snow event is headed this way for what appears to be a weekend happening for us, who are not as lucky to be in Florida!