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Phillies Nation Podcast: Episode 13

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, October 21, 2009 03:08 PM Comments: 8

Welcome to the Phillies Nation Podcast!

On today’s podcast, Pat Gallen is joined by Meredith Marakovits of 97.5 the Fanatic/950 ESPN Radio here in Philadelphia.  Pat and Meredith break down the Game 4 madness, what Cole Hamels needs to do to win tonight, and how the Phils can get to Vicente Padilla early.

Meredith is from the Lehigh Valley and is a graduate of LaSalle University.  In addition to her work with 950 ESPN as a beat reporter, Meredith also does reporting for Service Electric’s 2 Sports in the Allentown area. She is also part of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs broadcast team as an on-field reporter for the IronPigs Television Network. Marakovits has worked as a sideline reporter for both the Reading Phillies and Lehigh Valley Outlawz (Continental Indoor Football League) on 2 Sports. Meredith has also done production work for NBC’s Sunday Night Football and Fox’s NFL and Major League Baseball coverage.

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Phillies Nation Podcast: Episode 12

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, October 15, 2009 04:05 PM Comments: 1

Welcome to the Phillies Nation Podcast!

On this very special NLCS podcast, columnist Jayson Stark from ESPN.com joins us, as well as Phil Gurnee from the great Dodgers blog TrueblueLA.com.

http://3putt.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/jayson_stark_photo_feature.jpgJayson helps Pat break down the Phillies side of things, and has an interesting take on how this series will go in the end.

Phil stops by to talk about how much confidence he has in the one and only, Vicente Padilla.

Jayson Stark is a senior baseball writer for ESPN.com, writing several columns a week, including Friday’s Week in Review and Saturday’s Rumblings and Grumblings. He also appears as an analyst for ESPN’s Baseball Tonight and ESPN Radio.  Prior to joining ESPN.com, Stark worked at the Philadelphia Inquirer for 21 years, serving initially as the Philadelphia Phillies beat writer and then as national baseball writer and columnist. He also was the creator and author of the nationally syndicated Baseball Week in Review column, known for unearthing obscure, historic and humorous aspects of baseball, from 1983-1999. While with the Inquirer, Stark twice received the Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year award.  Also, be sure to check out his book “Worth the Wait: Tales of the 2008 Phillies”.

Phil Gurnee is part of the SBNation blog TrueBlueLA.com.  Phil, along with writers Eric Stephen and Brendan Scolari, head one of the most popular baseball blogs on the web.  Their website holds a fan forum and also allows for people to add their own articles and pictures.

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Phillies Nation Podcast: Episode 11

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, October 07, 2009 10:30 AM Comments: 7

Welcome to the Phillies Nation Podcast!

Joining Pat Gallen on the podcast is Comcast SportsNet’s Michael Barkann.  Following up on our offensive preview from last night, Pat and Michael breakdown the pitching matchups and discuss the roster decisions made by Charlie Manuel, including the decision to pitch Cliff Lee over Cole Hamels in Game 1.

Michael was recognized as Pennsylvania’s Sportscaster of the Year in 1999, 2001-2004 and 2006-2007. He brings five Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards, as well as a great deal of national sports reporting experience to Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia. In addition to hosting Daily News Live,  and CSN’s Pre-Post Game Live programs, Michael often provides reports for SportsNite. His work includes reporting for CBS Sports from the Olympics, as well reporting from the U.S. Open Tennis Championships for the USA Network. Before joining CSN, Michael worked as sports anchor for WLVI-TV in Boston and KYW-TV in Philadelphia.

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Phillies Nation Podcast: Episode 10

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, October 05, 2009 10:30 PM Comments: 7

Welcome to the Phillies Nation Podcast.

John DewanToday, Pat Gallen is joined by the founder of STATS Inc. and Baseball Info Solutions, Mr. John Dewan.  Dewan is one of the founding fathers of baseball statistics as we now know them. He and Pat breakdown the Phillies regular season, as well as their upcoming series against the Rockies.

In 1987, John Dewan became the Executive Director of Project Scoresheet, the Bill James-led effort that pioneered a new wave of baseball statistics that are now common baseball terminology. Dewan also formed Sports Team Analysis and Tracking Systems, Inc. (STATS, Inc.). During John’s tenure as President and CEO, STATS grew rapidly and was recognized in Inc. Magazine’s list of America’s 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies, ranking #144.

In March 2002, John reunited with former STATS executive Steve Moyer to launch part three of his life-long dream, Baseball Info Solutions. His “‘Stat of the Week” column can be found at Stat of the Week with his latest post making a case for Chase Utley for MVP. You can also check out his other website, The Fielding Bible.

Also to help us prepare for the playoffs and our Phillies Nation game-watching party at McFadden’s Ballpark on Saturday, Mark Maggi stops by to give us the inside scoop on all the festivities.  Take Mark’s advice: check out the McFadden’s website, and sign up here on our website for the VIP treatment.

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Phillies Nation Podcast: Episode 9

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, October 04, 2009 08:54 PM Comments: 16

Welcome to the Phillies Nation Podcast!

Jody McdonaldPat Gallen is joined by Jody McDonald, or Jody Mac as we know him here in Philly.  Pat and Jody help get you prepared for the opening round series against the Rockies with talk of the closer situation, the offensive struggles, and who should start Game 1 at home.

Jody is the former host of Jody Mac in the Midday on 950 ESPN Philadelphia, and now hosts a daily show on XM and Sirius Satellite radio called “The Show.” He and co-host Rob Dibble talk it up with some of the best in the business on all things baseball.

McDonald is also former 610 WIP’er here in Philly, had been at 950 for four years since the station started as Sports Talk 950 AM.  You can also hear him on 1050 ESPN Radio in New York City weekends from 10am-1pm.

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Phillies Nation Podcast: Episode 8

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, September 29, 2009 03:30 PM Comments: 9

Welcome to the Phillies Nation Podcast!

http://www.texasbaseballradio.com/images/franzke2005.jpgOn today’s podcast, Pat Gallen is joined by Scott Franzke, the Philadelphia Phillies radio play-by-play man.  Pat and Scott break down the awful play of the Phils as of late, the final six games of the regular season, and what Harry Kalas meant to the Phillies.

Scott made his Phillies debut in 2006, when he was named the pre- and post-game host for Phillies radio broadcasts and did radio play-by-play in the middle innings. In 2007, he took over as the main play-by-play commentator for Phillies radio broadcasts, working with Larry Andersen. Last year the duo was honored at the Philadelphia A.I.R. (Achievement in Radio) Awards, winning for Best Live Sports Event Coverage for the second consecutive year.

A graduate of Southern Methodist University (SMU) in 1994 with a degree in broadcast journalism, Scott began his radio career as a talk show host with Prime Sports Radio, a national all-sports radio network based in Dallas. He worked for two seasons as the part-time pre- and post-game host for his hometown Texas Rangers (1997-98) before becoming the voice of the Kane County Cougars, a single-A affiliate of the Florida Marlins (1999-2001).

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Phillies Nation Podcast: Episode 7

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, September 21, 2009 03:41 PM Comments: 3

Welcome to the Phillies Nation Podcast!

On today’s podcast, Pat Gallen is joined by Todd Zolecki, Phillies beat writer for Phillies.com.  Pat and Todd dive into the injury news surrounding the bullpen, and they also get into how the final two weeks will play out.  Todd also shares his thoughts on who will be here after next season: Shane Victorino or Jayson Werth.

Zolecki is the Phillies beat writer for MLB.com. Born in Milwaukee, he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. He joined The Philadelphia Inquirer in Oct. 1999, and became The Inquirer’s Phillies beat writer in April 2003. The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association & Hall of Fame named him Pennsylvania’s Sportswriter of the Year in 2008. The Associated Press Sports Editors recognized him in 2003 (in the game story category) and 2008 (in a collaborative effort for The Inquirer’s World Series preview.) Zolecki, who joined MLB.com in Feb. 2009, lives in Philadelphia.

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Phillies Nation Podcast: Episode 6

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, September 15, 2009 03:39 PM Comments: 4

Welcome to the Phillies Nation Podcast!

Joining Pat Gallen on the podcast today is the beat writer for the Phillies from the Philadelphia Inquirer, Andy Martino.  Pat and Andy talk about news regarding J.A. Happ, the injured bullpen arms, Pedro’s performance, and what to do about the closers.

Andy is in his first season on the Phillies beat. A former New York City public school teacher and graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, he previously wrote for the New York Daily News, where he covered baseball and worked with the award-winning investigative sports “I-team.”

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Phillies Nation Podcast: Episode 5

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, September 08, 2009 04:59 PM Comments: 2

Welcome to the Phillies Nation Podcast!

Before the Phillies square off with the Nationals, Pat Gallen talks to Kristen Hudak of MASNsports.com about the upcoming games, Ryan Zimmerman, Stephen Strasburg, and the future of the Nationals.

kristenHudak is the author of “Nationals Buzz” on MASNsports.com, a blog that covers off-the-field events, community relations activities, fan-interest stories, features, Q&A’s and more.

A Nats fan and co-creator of the blog We’veGotHeart.com, Kristen grew up attending Pittsburgh Pirates, Johnstown Steal and AAABA games as a child.  She was also an Ambassador and volunteer to the town’s annual AAABA Baseball tournament.

During the day, Kristen works at a public relations and online communications firm.  She earned her M.A. in Politics from the Catholic University of America, and is a graduate of Mercyhurst College.

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Phillies Nation Podcast: Episode 4

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, September 01, 2009 11:45 AM Comments: 5

Welcome to the Phillies Nation Podcast!

Tom McCarthy, the TV play-by-play voice of the Philadelphia Phillies, joins Pat Gallen to talk about Ryan, J-Roll, and Cole, plus the Los Angeles Dodgers late-season trades.  T-Mac also touches on a subject that still affects Phillies fans everywhere, Harry Kalas.  McCarthy talks about the late, great Harry the K and how tough it has been to lose such an incredible person and voice.

McCarthy is in his second stint with the Phillies, having left in 2006 to work with the New York Mets. Tom has done extensive broadcasting for collegiate sports in his career. He currently does basketball and football play-by-play for College Sports Television (CSTV), a CBS-owned property, and is the radio voice of the Saint Joseph’s University men’s basketball team. Previously, he was the play-by-play voice for Rutgers University football (2001-03), as well as Princeton University football (1995-2000) and men’s basketball (1995-2003).

In 2000, Tom earned a Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award for his work on CN8 and is a two-time winner (2002 & 2004) of the Achievement in Radio Award for Best Local Sports Coverage.

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