Phillies Off-Season/HS Notes

It has been an interesting off-season for the Phillies—not one that has gone on without contradictions.

On the one hand, the Phillies repeatedly talked about patience and giving young players like third baseman Mikael Franco, first baseman Rhys Hoskins and others an opportunity to play every game while insisting they were not going to make any big splashes this off-season.

Then, in the span of a couple days they paid handsome amounts to obtain two established, veteran relievers and one of the most consistent bats in the game, in first baseman Carlos Santana.

One move that did make a lot of sense was adding some depth and experience behind the plate. The Phillies signed a former Lehigh Valley standout, Matt McBride, who became a free agent this winter after playing in the Indians, Rockies and Athletics’ organizations.  I talked with the veteran catcher about his approach to the upcoming spring training, the Phillies’ young starting pitching staff and the changing philosophy for teams to use more relievers…

 You can hear more Phillies’ interviews coming up on our “SportsTalk” program.

The Colonial League has had some great basketball games so far this season. Our “SportsTalk” cameras were out at some recent games (more highlights and interview videos are also coming your way on this Thursday’s show on RCN-TV and also through RCN On-Demand).

Last but not least, the local wrestling regular season is slowly winding down. We’ll have several Lehigh Valley wrestling gurus on this week’s show to talk about the season to-date, and also look ahead to the upcoming District XI team post-season action.  We’ll also have live reports from Minneapolis previewing this weekend’s Eagles/Patriots Super Bowl!

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Chris handles play-by-play for RCN sports events, including baseball, football & basketball games and produces/hosts the station’s 60-minute live call-in show. Among Chris’s other responsibilities include reporting on local news & sports stories, conducting “Take 5” interviews with community and political leaders, producing commercials, voiceovers and promos; and generating blog entries and videos on the internet. Click here to listen to the weekly Sports Talk podcast.

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