PN Podcast Special – Dan Szymborski of ESPN/FanGraphs

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100 Greatest Phillies of All Time by Ian Riccaboni – now available on Amazon! The digital copy can be yours for free if this podcast receives 15 Five Star reviews on iTunes by April 1! Get to writing and help spread the word of the PN Podcast and we’ll share the 100 Greatest Phillies of All Time! We are just three away from hitting our goal – head over to iTunes, write us a review, and help us give away the 100 Greatest Phillies digital edition!

PN PodcastIan Riccaboni is joined by Dan Szymborski of ESPN and FanGraphs in a chat recorded the evening of March 23. Thankfully – no drastic changes to the fabric of the Phillies occurred in that time!

Dan and Ian talk about ZiPS, its accuracy as a projection tool, are young players more difficult to project, why pitchers are so tough to project, the outlook for the 2016 Phillies, and what it would take for the Phillies to earn a playoff spot in 2016 (hint: odds right now are only about 1 in 200!). Specific talk is had on J.P. Crawford, Maikel Franco, and Aaron Nola.

Should Ruben Amaro get any of the credit if the Phillies end up turning things around quickly? Was it due to the “secret analytics lair” that Amaro claimed to have in an interview? How did the Phillies screw up so badly in the amateur drafts from 2008 through 2013?

Dan and Ian touch on the robust MLB Free Agent class of 2018 and discuss why Phillies fans should get excited about that year! Hint: they will have lots of money and Bryce Harper is on target to be a free agent.

Dan and Ian briefly talk wrestling and why baseball needs more fun – a weird conversation coming from two stat-heavy baseballsmen!

Be sure to check Dan out at @DSzymborski on Twitter and read his work on ESPN and FanGraphs!

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PN Podcast Special with Pat Gallen

The Phillies continued their winning ways yesterday with Aaron Nola picking up the victory and Cedric Hunter hitting his third home run of the Spring.

Former editor-in-chief of Phillies Nation Pat Gallen of CBS 3 returns to his Phillies Nation roots to discuss the (sometimes) painful transition from the 2008 championship team to the present and the emotional weight attached to players like Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz.

PN PodcastWe discuss:

– Do you feel sorry for Ryan Howard? Will you cheer him? What could he have done differently?
– Is Howard blocking Brock Stassi? Is he blocking Andrew Knapp?
– Is catcher the deepest position for the Phillies? Can Cameron Rupp pry the starting catching job away from Carlos Ruiz?

He and Ian Riccaboni then discuss some quick subjects like Phillies win totals, J.P. Crawford, and more.

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PN Podcast Episode 5 – Howard, Bullpen, El Pulpo

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100 Greatest Phillies of All Time by Ian Riccaboni – now available on Amazon!

Ian Riccaboni and Steve Coring discuss the latest Phillies news including:

  • An update on the RED HOT (!) Phillies. Ian offers to mail them a trophy if they win the Grapefruit League
  • With Adam LaRoche retiring, does Ryan Howard make sense as a trade target for the Chicago White Sox? 
  • Why Steve has a St. Patrick’s day El Pulpo jersey (Ian has horrible Spanish/memory)
  • Ian and Steve try to sort out the bullpen. Is it OK to get excited about Andrew Bailey? Which lefty (Bobby LaFromboise, James Russell, Daniel Stumpf) breaks camp with the team?
  • How or why do you know Steve Winwood? Spencer Davis Group? Blind Faith? Traffic? “ROLL WITH IT, BABY!”?

No trivia question this week but an essay: What if A-Rod breaks the home run record and says Hank Aaron is the real home run king? Send your answer to Steve@worldofcorino.com!

Steve’s son makes a very special appearance!

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Join us tomorrow for a special THROWBACK THURSDAY upload. That episode is NOT in “cannon” but features a very special Part 1 of an unedited interview with Phillies’ legend Curt Simmons!

 

Send your questions, comments, and more to @philliesnation, @kingcorino, and @ianriccaboni. Thanks for listening!

About Ian Riccaboni: Ian has been a Phillies Nation contributor full-time since 2011 and is the author of The 100 Greatest Phillies of All Time. Ian can be seen on Phillies Nation TV, is the voice of Women of Honor, and is a Sports Media professor at Holy Family University.

About Steve Corino: Steve is a life-long Phillies fan whose love for the Phillies dates back to the launch of PRISM! Steve is a former ECW World Champion who has 80 tours of Japan. His best friend Mr. Wrestling III can be seen every week calling Ring of Honor action in Philadelphia at 11:30 PM on Saturdays on WMCN 44 and Midnights every Wednesday on COMET.

PN Podcast Episode 4 – Early Success, The Outfield, and the Beatles!

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PN PodcastOn this episode of the Phillies Nation Podcast, Ian Riccaboni returns from Vermont and Steve Corino returns from his 80th (!) trip to Japan to discuss:

– A large majority of young Phillies’ hitters are hitting well so far. Is the success in small samples more indicative of hitters being ahead of pitchers early in Spring, statistical anomaly, or a sign that the Phillies should get the permits for the World Series parade ready? The Phillies, after all, are 7-3-1!

– There are likely two catching spots. Carlos Ruiz likely has one. Which hot-hitting catcher out of Cameron Rupp, J.P. Arencibia, Andrew Knapp, and Jorge Alfaro starts the year alongside Chooch in Philly?

Darin Ruf hit two homers and has been hitting well while Ryan Howard is ill. How realistic is it that Ruf starts at first base, Howard gets cut, and or Brock Stassi sees time at first base?

Aaron Altherr has broken his left wrist – with Cody Asche battling an oblique injury, who becomes the third starting outfielder next to Peter Bourjos in left and Odubel Herrera in center? Can Tyler Goedel, Cedric Hunter, and David Lough all make the team and will those three plus Bourjos and Herrera be your outfield all season?

– Phillies starters have been pitching well, but what do Ian and Steve think about the bullpen? With David Hernandez out, is there a clear closer? Does there need to be?

– Last week’s trivia question answer and this week’s trivia question for a great prize!

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Next week: Ian and Steve will be LIVE from the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia prior to the Ring of Honor event! Limited tickets still remain and this event WILL sell out so get your tickets now! Be sure to say hello to Ian and Steve if you see them around town!

Send your questions, comments, and more to @philliesnation@kingcorino, and @ianriccaboni. Thanks for listening!

About Ian Riccaboni: Ian has been a Phillies Nation contributor full-time since 2011 and is the author of The 100 Greatest Phillies of All Time. Ian can be seen on Phillies Nation TV, is the voice of Women of Honor, and is a Sports Media professor at Holy Family University.

About Steve Corino: Steve is a life-long Phillies fan whose love for the Phillies dates back to the launch of PRISM! Steve is a former ECW World Champion who has 80 tours of Japan. His best friend Mr. Wrestling III can be seen every week calling Ring of Honor action in Philadelphia at 11:30 PM on Saturdays on WMCN 44 and Midnights every Wednesday on COMET.

Phillies Nation Podcast Episode 3 – First Spring Training Game, Infield, and More!

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On this episode of the Phillies Nation Podcast, Steve Corino and Ian Riccaboni are back at it, fresh off Steve returning from Vegas! They tackle the following:

– Steve was in Vegas – is the line moving? Thoughts on the new line?

– Steve tells us why former Phillies prospect, and future AL MVP, George Bellhas never received a Christmas card from the Corino Family but Shawon Dunston has!

– Ian reveals which segments were too controversial and too morbid to film for Phillies Nation TV.

– A “Where Are They Now?” Update on Former Phillies like Jimmy RollinsDomonic Brown, and Cliff Lee.

– Ian gloats at he and Steve’s accurate predictions.

– Ian and Steve chat about the Spring Training Opener against the University of Tampa and somehow avoid mentioning their expansive pro wrestling alumni that include Paul Orndorff and Dick Slater! They talk about standouts, which included Odubel Herrera and Angelys Nina.

– The guys talk about Ryan Howard. Has he become a villain or should he be applauded?

– The 2016 Spring Training preview continues with a position by position breakdown with an in-depth look at Cesar Hernandez, Freddy Galvis, Maikel Franco, Darin Ruf, Nina, Ryan Jackson, Andres Blanco, Tyler Featherstom, and more!

– And finally, Steve and Ian tackle the age-old question – what is going on with Cody Ascheand where does he fit moving forward? – before moving on to some Vegas-themed Over/Unders! Write these down to hold Ian and Steve to them and send in your thoughts!

– Last week’s trivia question answer and this week’s trivia question for a great prize!

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Next week on the PN Podcast, Steve and Ian will take a deep dive into the Phillies 2016 outfield.

Send your questions, comments, and more to @philliesnation, @kingcorino, and @ianriccaboni. Thanks for listening!

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Phillies Nation Podcast Episode 2 – Pitchers, Catchers, and More!

On this episode of the Phillies Nation Podcast, Ian Riccaboni and Steve Corino discuss:

– The starting rotation for 2016: are Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff, Jeremy Hellickson, Charlie Morton, and Brett Oberholtzer locks?

– Who will be the Opening Day Starter?

– Which Phillies starter might be traded by midseason?

– Which Phillies minor league starter might benefit the most from a midseason deal?

– Who will be the Phillies starting catcher? Will it be Carlos Ruiz or Cameron Rupp?

– Which catchers to look for in minor league camp. Will we see Andrew Knapp or Jorge Alfaro in 2016 with the Phillies?

– A “Where Are They Now?” Update on Former Phillies like Jimmy Rollins, Domonic Brown, and Cliff Lee

– Last week’s trivia question answer and this week’s trivia question for a great prize!

Be sure to Rate, Review, and Subscribe on iTunes and Like on SoundCloud!

Next week on the PN Podcast, Steve will be live from Vegas for the Ring of Honor 14th Anniversary event and we will be talking about the infield for 2016 as he gives us live updates from Vegas! The first Vegas line had the Phillies at 66.5 wins, ZiPS has them at 70 wins – who is closer? Also, next week, Steve’s George Bell story, Ian’s Delmon Young story, and Ian’s bad ideas that didn’t make the air on PN TV!

Send your questions, comments, and more to @philliesnation, @kingcorino, and @ianriccaboni. Thanks for listening!

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Phillies Nation Podcast With Steve Corino and Ian Riccaboni!

With the trucks loaded up and headed to Clearwater, Phillies Nation’s Ian Riccaboni and wrestling’s Steve Corino have teamed up to bring you the Phillies Nation Podcast, all the Phillies you can handle with a 30-minute time limit!!

On Episode 1, Ian and Steve discuss:

– How Ian and Steve met

– The strength of the Phillie Phanatic

– How to bet on the Phillies in Vegas/why Steve is a high roller

– Ian and Steve’s favorite and most disappointing acquisitions of the past offseason

– Their favorite names of Phillies past

– And this week’s trivia question where you can win a Phillies’ bobblehead! Listen for your chance to win!

– See more at: http://philliesnation.com/archives/category/pn-podcast/#sthash.j59Zttfm.dpuf