Zach Lutz, a Berks native, is enjoying a solid season as a member of the Binghamton Mets. The B-Mets’ 3B is currently hitting .286 with 16 home runs and 39 RBIs through August 27.
Originally selected by the N.Y. Mets
in the fifth round of the 2007 draft, Lutz, 24, was named Eastern
League Player of the Week for the week ending August 1. The 6’1″, 220
pound-slugger was a high school standout at Governor Mifflin High and
also excelled while playing for Shillington American Legion teams.
Lutz returned to FirstEnergy Stadium for the first time since 2004, when he took the field on Thursday evening in game one of the R-Phils/B-Mets series. In 2004 he played for Governor Mifflin High School in the Berks High School Championship game.
I had a chance to sit down with Zach for my “Philling You In Phriday’s” program, which airs every Friday on ESPN Radio 1240 AM WIOV. We talked about his high school days, his time at Alvernia College, playing for the Brooklyn Cyclones, and more.
R-Phils intern Mike Ventola, who has helped around the R-Phils media department all season-long, had a chance to sit down with R-Phils 3B Cody Overbeck before Friday’s game (August 6).
Overbeck, 24, was a FSL mid-season All-Star, and is currently in the midst of a six-game hit-streak. As a member of the Clearwater Threshers this season, Overbeck hit .302 with 11 home runs and 41 RBIs — earning a promotion to Reading. The Tennessee native was originally signed by Philadelphia in the ninth round of the 2008 draft.
Ventola talked to Overbeck about his promotion from Clearwater (A+) to Reading, his offense and defense, and more.
Gosewisch, 26, was originally selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 11th round (337th overall) of the 2005 amateur entry Draft.
This season, the Illinois native is hitting .230 with five home runs and 20 RBIs. He is also a nominee for the Minors Moniker Madness, a contest where MiLB is looking to find the best name in Minor League Baseball. As of today (August 5), Tuffy is in the Sweet 16 where he is facing off against Bubbie Buzachero. Fans can vote for him here.
Yesterday, Matt Rizzotti was the R-Phils team-leader in every major offensive category. Today, Rizzotti, 24, was promoted to Lehigh Valley(AAA).
Before he became a member of the IronPigs however, Reading Phillies intern Mike Ventola had a chance to sit down with him for a few minutes before Wednesday’s contest.
The New York native talked about his transition from Clearwater (A+) to Reading, his defense, a career year in 2010 and more.
“Rizz” will certainly be missed in Baseballtown the rest of the way. He left with an Eastern League best .362 batting average. The 6’5″ slugger also pounded 16 home runs and 61 RBIs.
Reading Phillies intern Mike Ventola, who has helped out around the press box all summer-long, had a chance to sit down and talk to Akron 1B/OF Matt McBride before Saturday’s game.
McBride, a Bethlehem native, talked with Mike about his time with Lehigh University, his time with the Aeros, his transition from catcher, and more.
The 25-year-old slugger finished Saturday’s contest 3-4 with three runs scored two doubles and two RBIs. He also homered in Friday’s game. For the season, McBride is batting .285 with 16 home runs and 61 RBIs.
He may have been born Dennis Haskins, but there’s just one name to call my guest from today — Mr. Belding.
Richard Belding — the character known and loved on one of the
most-popular teen shows ever — Saved By The Bell, was on-hand at
FirstEnergy Stadium on Wednesday to meet and greet the fans, and sing
fans flocked to the Classic Cafe to see him sing, and he certainly put
on a show. He sang three songs, and then threw out a first pitch,
talked and met the entire team in the clubhouse before the game, signed
hundreds of autographs, sang the seventh inning
stretch, spoke on-air with Brian Seltzer for one full inning
on the R-Phils Radio Network, and even made an appearance in the
post-game interview — was there anything he didn’t do?
Fans, players, and staff members were treated to a night they will never forget —
and well for me, it was a moment to relive my childhood, one in which was spent watching Save By The Bell for hours on end.
Thank you Mr. Belding for a great night in Reading Phillies history!
Mr. Belding Interview.mp3
Original press release —
On Wednesday, the R-Phils and Rock Cats continue their series with a
7:05 p.m. contest, and all fans who come out to America’s Classic
Ballpark are for a night to remember. Fans of Dennis Haskins, better
known and loved by fans as Mr. Belding, will be on hand for a special
Mr. Belding Schools Out Teacher night on Wednesday, June 23. The
lovable principal on one of television’s most popular teen shows ever,
Saved By The Bell, will treat fans to an event like no other. Fans will
have the chance to meet Mr. Belding during an autograph session,
presented by Berks Technical Institute, and will even have the
opportunity to hear Mr. Belding sing karaoke, during a pre-game karaoke
party beginning at 5:00, presented by Rock Hits Y102.
All teachers are welcome to come out for the special Schools Out
Teacher Party, thanks to Berks Technical Institute and Rock Hits Y102.
Fans 21 and older can enjoy Happy Hour from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and
they can also have their moment in the spotlight by singing karaoke in
the Classic Cafe with Bullseye Sound and Karaoke. The pre-game Karaoke
Party, thanks to Rock Hits Y102, will be led by Mr. Belding, who will
also take to the stage and sing
Wednesday is also a 4 for $48 Family Night, courtesy of Capital Blue
Cross, and fans can get four yellow box seat tickets, four sodas, four
hot dogs, and the
opportunity to play catch on the field before the 7:05 p.m. contest.
Lee Smith Interview —
The Richmond Flying Squirrels came to town to take on the Reading Phillies for a four-game series at FirstEnergy Stadium and Lee Smith, one of the most dominating closers in the history of baseball was on hand. Smith, who has 478 career saves, is now a roving pitching instructor in the S.F. Giants organization.
I sat down with Lee for a few minutes, and we talked about his career and more.
Director of PR/Media Relations Tommy Viola sits down with Carl Mathias, the 2010 King of Baseballtown for part 2 of their 2 part interview.
Mathias, a native of Bechtelsville, was a member of the 1957 Eastern League Champion Reading Indians, where he went 5-4 with a 3.35 ERA that season. Over two seasons in Reading, he compiled a 16-12 mark with a 3.94 ERA over 70 games (27 starts). In 1960, Mathias appeared in 7 games with the Cleveland Indians and compiled a 0-1 mark. Later that year, Mathias was drafted by the Washington Senators in the Expansion Draft, and pitched for the team in 1961 (0-1, 11.20 ERA). Before his professional baseball career, Mathias played for Oley Township H.S. (now Oley Valley H.S.) and Boyertown Legion. Nicknamed Stubby, Mathias tossed six no-hitters for the Oley Township High School Lynx and later coached Oley Legion baseball (1965-72). In 1954 he won the Berks County Northern Division basketball scoring title.
Director of PR/Media Relations Tommy Viola sits down with Carl
Mathias, the 2010 King of Baseballtown for part 1 of their 2 part
A native of Bechtelsville, Mathias was a member of the 1957 Eastern League Champion Reading Indians, where he went 5-4 with a 3.35 ERA that season. Over two seasons in Reading, he compiled a 16-12 mark with a 3.94 ERA over 70 games (27 starts). In 1960, Mathias appeared in 7 games with the Cleveland Indians and compiled a 0-1 mark. Later that year, Mathias was drafted by the Washington Senators in the Expansion Draft, and pitched for the team in 1961 (0-1, 11.20 ERA). Before his professional baseball career, Mathias played for Oley Township H.S. (now Oley Valley H.S.) and Boyertown Legion. Nicknamed Stubby, he tossed 6 no-hitters for the Oley Township High School Lynx and later coached Oley Legion baseball (1965-72). In 1954 he won the Berks County Northern Division basketball scoring title.
Director of PR/Media Relations Tommy Viola had a
to sit down
with 1980 Philadelphia Phillies SP Marty Bystrom at this year’s
Phillies Winter Tour. Viola talked with Bystrom about his remarkable 1980 campaign and much more.
In 1980, as a 21-year-old rookie, Bystrom posted a 5-0 record with a 1.50 ERA over 36 innings pitched (five starts). He beat the Mets twice, as well as the Cubs twice, and helped lead his team to the 1980 World Series championship.