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Corey Seidman & Spike Eskin Play Phillies Over/Under on WIP

Posted by Brian Michael, Thu, March 28, 2013 02:12 PM Comments: 1

Our own Corey Seidman spoke with Spike Eskin on 94.1 WIP earlier today about Phillies Nation TV, statistical analysis in baseball, Roy Halladay and some Phillies over/under prognostications. Have a listen!

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Halladay Admits Phillies Feeling Pressure

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, May 22, 2012 11:12 PM Comments: 5

Doc says guys are pressing (AP)

Roy Halladay owned up Tuesday night and admitted that a lot of the guys in the Phillies clubhouse are putting added pressure on themselves. As you can tell, it’s not working.

Halladay had one of his best post-game press conferences since joining the Phillies. Here are some audio excerpts. If you have time, take a listen:

Halladay May 22 – On Chooch getting tossed “I didn’t see anything wrong”

Halladay 2 – May 22 – Losses are definitely frustrating

Halladay 3 – May 22 – Guys are trying to carry the weight of the team, including him

Halladay 4 – May 22 – “You do it cause you want to, not cause you have to”

Halladay 5 – May 22 – Finding the right time to talk to the team is tough

Halladay 6 – May 22 – Matter of going out and enjoying it

Halladay 7 – May 22 – Different than Toronto

Halladay 8 – May 22 – Have such a good team, they do press more

Halladay 9 – May 22 – Leadership on the team

Halladay 10 – May 22 – Charlie is the leader, you dont want to interfere with him too much

Halladay 11 – May 22 – Feels like he needs to be a little better

Halladay 12 – May 22 – Not Happy with results

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Corey Seidman on ESPN Williamsport

Posted by Brian Michael, Wed, March 28, 2012 02:00 PM Comments: 2

Corey Seidman joined 1050 ESPN Radio in Williamsport earlier this week to talk Phillies with host Trevor Turner.

They mostly focused on Chase Utley’s injury and its implications on the team, but also delved into Domonic Brown’s prospects for playing this year and Ryan Madson’s unfortunate turn of events.

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POLL: Which Phillies Hitter Scares You Most?

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, March 01, 2012 03:03 PM Comments: 15

Would you want to face Chase? (AP)

Let’s say you’re an opposing pitcher having to face the Phillies lineup on a given day. Assuming everyone is healthy, they have a bunch of guys who can hurt you in different ways. Ryan Howard with the power, Chase Utley with (usually) crisp at-bats, and Hunter Pence with grit and determination. Shane Victorino‘s a little gnat. When Jimmy Rollins gets hot, look out.

On 97.3 ESPN FM, Phillies prospect Michael Schwimer joined “The Sports Bash with Mike Gill” and was asked that very question: which Phillie would you least like to face if you were an opposing hitter? It’s not an easy question to answer.

Let your opinion be heard in the poll below:

If you were an opposing pitcher, which Phillies hitter would you least like to face?

View Results

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Bowa on Current Phillies: They’re Media Friendly

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, February 29, 2012 10:46 AM Comments: 9

Former Phillies shortstop and manager Larry Bowa joined The Sports Bash with Mike Gill on 97.3 ESPN FM on Tuesday. Bowa had some strong remarks about the makeup of the current Phillies roster when comparing them to the Phillies teams of the late-70′s and early-80′s.

Bowa said that he gives the advantage to Jimmy Rollins when it comes to the two shortstops, but he did mention that if his squad had the pitching depth of the current team, they’d be unreal.

The interesting quote came when asked about the popularity of the teams. Bowa said his club had their trials and tribulations with the media, which often portrayed them in a negative light to the fan base. “If you want guys who played with a chip on their shoulder a little bit, then you want the team that we played on,” said Bowa. “But if you want guys that…wanna look good in the eyes of the media, then you probably go for this group.”

If I’m reading the tea leaves correctly, Bowa could be saying this team is soft compared to the group he played with. Is he right or wrong? Interesting debate. Either way, it’s a great interview.

LISTEN TO INTERVIEW WITH LARRY BOWA

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Stark on 97.3 ESPN: Utley’s Health, Blanton, NL East

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, February 17, 2012 06:26 PM Comments: 15

You read that title and you start to sweat a little bit. Fear not, Phillies fans, it’s not THAT serious…but it is.

Jayson Stark of ESPN.com joined “The Sports Bash” with Mike Gill on 97.3 ESPN FM and said he doesn’t think Chase Utley will ever be completely healthy again. After years and years of ravaging his body by playing at an unbelievably high level, Utley is slowly breaking down. Can he hold up?

Stark also talks about topics like the new closer, Joe Blanton, and the rest of the National League East, which he says is closer than you might think. Listen to one of the best baseball writers around.

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW WITH JAYSON STARK HERE

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Lidge to 97.3 ESPN FM: “My Heart is Still Here”

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, February 07, 2012 08:02 PM Comments: 11

Lidge leaves for the Nats. (MLB)

Washington Nationals reliever Brad Lidge joined “The Sports Bash with Mike Gill” on 97.3 ESPN FM on Tuesday. Lidge was very candid about the Phillies not wanting him back and the team’s signing of Jonathan Papelbon over friend Ryan Madson.

“I came back to the Phillies and I said, ‘Let’s talk. My heart’s still here,” said Lidge. “It never left. Let’s see what we can do.’ Unfortunately, at that time, they had changed their mind and didn’t have a contract for me.”

Obviously, the Phillies went in another direction, going after guys like Chad Qualls and Dontrelle Willis. Lidge understood the changes. “Yeah, it’s disappointing. I’m not crying about it or nothing. I understand it’s all business and that’s part of it. But it was disappointing and unfortunate because, of course, I did want to come back to Philadelphia.”

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO LIDGE’S INTERVIEW

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Hamels Situation Gets Dicey with One-Year Commitment

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, January 17, 2012 07:21 PM Comments: 37

Will Cole run in the same rotation as Roy past 2012? (Philly.com)

Cole Hamels has signed for one more year at $15 million. That would seem like a good thing. That’s just the feeling on the surface. Look for things to take a turn south if something doesn’t get done before the season begins.

Tom Verducci and Keith Law were both guests on “The Sports Bash with Mike Gill” on 97.3 ESPN FM on Tuesday and both were skeptical that Hamels would re-sign with the Phillies after this one-year pact is up. And to be truthful, I am now as well.

A source close to the situation tells me that Hamels received a low offer during last season that he and his family were not happy with. So that warm, fuzzy feeling you thought was there may not be. From what I’m told, Hamels does enjoy Philadelphia and wants to be here, but also wants to be paid accordingly. Those numbers continue to fluctuate as time moves along.

After Jered Weaver and Justin Verlander inked their five-year deals with the Angels and Tigers, respectively, everyone assumed that the Phillies would have to pay slightly north of that to retain Hamels long-term. That may no longer be the case. Hamels could be looking at a Cliff Lee-esque contract, which well above what both Weaver and Verlander make. Todd Zolecki of MLB.com opines that Hamels can shoot for north of $20 million per season because of his leverage. And let’s face it; he has it.

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Ruben Amaro Jr. on 97.3 ESPN FM with Pat and Mike

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, November 22, 2011 06:47 PM Comments: 0

Ruben Amaro talks with 97.3 ESPN FM about the offseason. (PHOTO: AP)

Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. joined the Sports Bash with Mike Gill and Phillies beat reporter Pat Gallen on Tuesday to discuss everything going on in free agency.

Among the topics discussed were Jimmy Rollins, the Jonathan Papelbon signing, Ty Wigginton in Philly, and Cole Hamels and his contract situation. Also, we touch on how Amaro and the Phillies feel about Domonic Brown.

Listen in to Mike and Pat talk with Ruben Amaro Jr.

Phillies GM, Ruben Amaro Jr on the Sports Bash by The Sports Bash

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Daily Debate: Pence for Cosart & Co.?

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, July 13, 2011 06:07 PM Comments: 10

Listen to today’s “Daily Debate” between Pat Gallen and Mike Gill of 973 ESPN FM in South Jersey.

Today, we discuss the possibility of the Phillies getting their hands on Houston Astros outfielder Hunter Pence. They would likely have to part with one of their best prospects, Jarred Cosart, among several others.

Is this a trade you would do? Listen in to the arguments made by both sides and lets us know what you conclude in the comment section below.

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