- Learn from Phillies Baseball Analytics & Operations Executives during a moderated question and answer session in the Phillies Media Room. Panelists will provide excellent insight into how analytics is utilized in baseball operations, as well as share their career experience and advice. Panelists (subject to change) include:
- Hear from a Phillies player about his college and major league experience.
- Practice networking with Phillies executives - including 1983 National League MVP Gary "Sarge" Matthews - during a Phillies Networking Hour. Meet informally with front office personnel from various departments, as well as those who spearhead the Phillies intern and Phillies Ballgirls programs. Attendees are invited to bring their resumes.
- Take selfies with the 2008 & 1980 World Series Trophies.
- Watch that night's Phillies-Reds game - also a Hatfield Phillies Franks Dollar Dog Night - from Section 241-245 (a ticket value of $30). Ticket price includes $12 worth of concession and merchandise credit.
- Check-in begins at 4 p.m. and features a Networking Hour and selfies with the World Series Trophies until 5 p.m.
- The panel portion of the program officially starts at 5 p.m., followed by the Phillies-Reds game at 7:05 p.m.
- The event is limited to 200 students. Interested professors, recent graduates, and parents of students are welcome to attend.
- Dress is casual to business casual.
- Students are urged to ask questions throughout the program, as well as in advance, to @Phillies using #CollegeSeries
- Cost: $30. Includes (in addition to the above networking and panel) a game ticket sections 241-245 ($30 value), as well as $12 worth of concession credit that can be redeemed throughout the ballpark for food, beverage and/or merchandise.
- First time Uber riders attending #CollegeSeries events: Enjoy $15 off your first Uber ride! Use code PHILSCOLLEGESUMMIT (valid in US only, new users only, expires 9/21/18).
2018 Spring Semester
Mon., April 9 vs. Reds - Phillies #CollegeSeries Business of Sport Media Night for business, marketing, advertising, sport management & communications/journalism/broadcasting students, as well as those involved with athletics
SOLD OUT - Tues., April 10 vs. Reds - Phillies #CollegeSeries Baseball Analytics Night for business intelligence/analytics, economics, MIS/information technology/computer science, marketing, business & sport management students
SOLD OUT - Wed., April 11 vs. Reds - Phillies #CollegeSeries Stadium Security Partnerships Night for sport/facilities management & law enforcement/criminal justice students
Thurs., April 19 vs. Pirates - Phillies #CollegeSeries Finance Night for accounting, finance, business & sport management students
Gary Matthews Sr. - Phillies Ambassador & 1983 National League MVP
Known around the baseball world simply as "Sarge," Gary enters his fifth season as a Club Ambassador for the Phillies. Matthews' on-air experience includes radio and tv analysis and color commentary for Toronto (2000-01) and Philadelphia (2007-13).
The former outfielder played 16 seasons in the majors, including three with the Phillies (1981-83). He was the Most Valuable Player of the 1983 National League Championship Series when the Phillies defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers to advance to the World Series. He also played for the San Francisco Giants (1972-76), Atlanta Braves (1977-80), Chicago Cubs (1984-87) and finished his playing career with the Seattle Mariners in 1987. For his career, Gary hit .281 with 234 home runs, 978 RBI and 183 stolen bases in 2,033 games.
In addition to his NLCS MVP trophy, Gary won the National League Rookie of the Year award (BBWAA and The Sporting News) in 1973 and was a member of the NL All-Star team in 1979. He appeared in the NL Division Series with the Phillies in 1981, the NLCS and World Series with the Phillies in 1983 and the NLCS with the Cubs in 1984. He led the Phillies in game-winning RBI in 1982 with 17.
Following his playing career, Gary worked in private industry before joining the Cubs organization as a minor league hitting instructor (1995-97). He spent seven seasons as a major league coach: Toronto Blue Jays hitting coach, 1998-99; Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach, 2000; and Cubs hitting coach, 2003-04 and first base coach, 2005-06. His lone postseason appearance as a coach was with the Cubs in 2003.
Gary was drafted out of San Fernando High School in 1968, the 17th player selected in the June draft. His son, Gary Jr., played in the majors with seven different teams, including the Cubs (2000-01). Gary and his son are one of seven father/son combinations to play for the Cubs in club history.
Johnny Almaraz - Director, Amateur Scouting, The Phillies
Johnny Almaraz took over the role of director of amateur scouting on October 8, 2014.
Prior to joining the Phillies, Johnny spent eight seasons (2007-14) with the Atlanta Braves, where he was the director of Latin American operations (2007-09) and director of international scouting and operations (2010-14). In his role, he oversaw scouting operations for the club outside the United States and Canada, supervised all operations at the Braves' Dominican Baseball Academy and managed a staff of nearly 20 international scouts. During his tenure with the Braves, Johnny signed right-hander Julio Teheran and catcher Christian Bethancourt, among others.
Before his time with the Braves, Johnny worked 16 years for the Cincinnati Reds in various roles, including director of player personnel and director of player development. As a scout, he was credited with signing a number of future major league players, including right-hander Johnny Cueto, outfielder Adam Dunn, catcher Paul Bako and left-hander B.J. Ryan.
Johnny pitched for two years in the Reds minor league system after being selected in the 14th round of the 1988 draft out of Southwest Texas State University. Born in Odessa, Texas, he and his wife, Tonya, live in Helotes, Texas. They have one daughter, Cameron, and one son, Jaiden
Sam Fuld - Major League Player Information Coordinator, The Phillies
Sam Fuld joined the Phillies this past November as major league player information coordinator.
In this role, Sam works closely with the Phillies players, coaches, front office staff, and research and development department, where he integrates the use of information in all areas of on-field performance and preparation, and makes recommendations regarding the most effective areas of future research and analysis.
Sam also has plenty of on-field experience: he played parts of eight seasons in the major leagues with the Chicago Cubs (2007; 2009-10), Tampa Bay Rays (2011-13), Oakland A's (2014; 2015) and Minnesota Twins (2014). He batted .227 with a .307 on-base percentage, working 153 walks in 599 career games. Defensively, Fuld played all three outfield positions and collected 29 assists. In 633 minor league games, he hit .284 with a .371 on-base percentage and 106 stolen bases.
Sam is a 2004 graduate of Stanford University, where he attained his bachelor's degree in economics. He holds the all-time Stanford career record for at-bats (1,071) and runs (268) and the single-season hits record (110 in 2002).
Andy Galdi - Director, Baseball Research & Development, The Phillies
Andy Galdi joined the baseball operations department at his current position in 2016. He oversees all baseball analytics, including data visualization and reporting, statistical research and data infrastructure.
Andy began his baseball career in 2009 as a baseball operations intern with the New York Mets.
Following his work at the Mets, Andy spent two years at the NBA Commissioner's Office as a statistical analyst in league operations, focusing on analyzing referees and the impact of potential rules changes. In 2013, he began working at Google in Mountain View, Calif., where he served as a quantitative analyst for YouTube.
Born in Bethesda, Md., Andy is a 2008 graduate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill with a double major in business administration and mathematics. He earned his master's degree from Stanford University in statistics in 2013.
Alex Nakahara, Senior Quantitative Analyst, The Phillies
Alex Nakahara joined the Phillies in 2017 as a Senior Quantitative Analyst, creating analyses and tools for understanding and visualizing data for the Baseball Operations department.
He previously worked for four years at Northrop Grumman as a systems engineer in a variety of roles including as the lead researcher for several air traffic control research and development projects.
Born in Philadelphia, he graduated from the Episcopal Academy in 2006. He received a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010 and a MS from MIT in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2012.
Gregg Murphy - Phillies Broadcaster
Gregg Murphy joined the Phillies broadcast team in 2012 as a field reporter. In his role, he brings viewers closer to the action reporting from the field, dugouts and elsewhere throughout the ballpark during the games. He added occasional play-by-play duties in 2014.
Part of the on-air team at CSN Philly since December 2008, Gregg is a multiple Emmy winner and nominee in numerous categories, including sports reporting. He was also recognized twice as the winner of the Associated Press Outstanding Talk Program for Out of Bounds, a program he hosted earlier in his career.
Before joining CSN Philly, he was at CN8, The Inquirer High School Sports Show and WFMZ in Allentown, Pa.
A 1993 graduate of St. Joseph's University with a degree in English, Gregg has reported on many notable sports events, including the NCAA Tournament, Super Bowl, World Series and NBA Finals.
Born in Meadowbrook, Pa., Gregg was raised in Mt. Laurel, N.J. and played baseball at Holy Cross High School in Delran, N.J. He gives his time and hosting talents to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as The Irish Pub Children's Foundation, which benefits Philadelphia police officers.
Gregg lives in Mullica Hill, N.J., and has three children: one daughter, Quinn, and two sons, Matthew and Colin.