Ty Kelly; Utilizing his role on the Phillies

The K Zone

July 12th 2017

Ty Kelly

Interviewed By Mike Duffy

 

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Mike Duffy: I was wondering  when you go from high school, minor leagues, to the majors, what was the biggest challenge when you reach each stage?

Ty Kelly: The biggest challenge at each stage is dealing with the new surroundings. You want to fit in and help the team at first and then work up to standing out and being a key player on the team.


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Mike Duffy: What have you done best this season?

Ty Kelly: My best moment this season was getting a go-ahead pinch hit double against Chris Sale.


Mike Duffy: What is your favorite thing about being a Philly?

Ty Kelly: My favorite thing about Philly is all the history here and getting to explore the museums.


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Mike Duffy: Do you miss anything from the mets?

Ty Kelly: I miss the guys with the team and the city itself. It’s an amazing place to play every day.


Mike Duffy: What is your favorite hobby besides baseball?

Ty Kelly: I have a lot of hobbies. I enjoy making music, writing, and outdoor activities during the offseason in San Diego.


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Mike Duffy: Who was your favorite baseball player growing up?

Ty Kelly: My favorite player growing up was Chipper Jones. He was a switch-hitting infielder like me.


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Mike Duffy: Who has been the hardest pitcher you have faced?

Ty Kelly: The toughest pitcher I’ve ever faced was probably Yordano Ventura in the minor leagues.


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Mike Duffy: What is your favorite stadium?

Ty Kelly: My favorite stadium to play in is AT&T Park in San Francisco. I grew up close to it and it is beautiful.


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Mike Duffy: What are your favorite movies and tv shows?

Ty Kelly: My favorite movie is “Inglourious Basterds” and favorite show is “Seinfeld.”


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Mike Duffy: Do you have a motto or a thing to do to get you out of a rough time?

Ty Kelly: If I’m struggling I try to step back and look at the bigger picture.


Mike Duffy: When did you know you wanted to play professional baseball?

Ty Kelly: I didn’t know how good I was at baseball until my sophomore year of college when I transferred to UC Davis and had a lot of success.


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Mike Duffy: Whats your favorite thing about being a utility guy?

Ty Kelly: My favorite thing about being a utility guy being used in a bunch of different facets. It never gets boring!


Mike Duffy: Whats the hardest thing about being a utility guy?

Ty Kelly: The hardest thing is not knowing when or where you’ll go into the game every day.


Mike Duffy: What are your hopes for the Phillies?

Ty Kelly: My hopes for the Phillies are that I get to stick around and help out a team of young guys as they grow into successful big leaguers.


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Eric Filia; From pick 597 to North West league MVP

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November 4th 2016

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Eric Filia aka the Collage Champ winner in 2013 with UCLA had some troubles in collage which ultimately got him kicked out of UCLA, but as we know seconded chances turn out could make the difference of making the Majors or not. Eric took that second chance his coach at UCLA gave him and blew everyone away. His seconded chance also blew away the scouts and he got drafted. He made his opportunity mean something like many of the Major Leaguers who get second chances after a PED or awful Major League performances. Heres this years recap with Eric Filia.

 

From being draft pick 597 this year to North West league MVP what does that mean to you? 

Eric Filia: Well being MVP is always a great thing but I couldn’t have done it without my teammates, coaching staff, nor the community of Everett of making me so comfortable playing the game I love, I would trade my MVP to have a ring any day of the week but the team as a whole and myself it was a big learning step and can’t wait to get back out there and compete.

When you started playing in the minors how hard was the transition for you from college ball? Was Short-Season Class A harder or easier then when playing at UCLA? 

Eric Filia: The transition was hard at first but it was my teammates and coach staff that believed in me and had trust in me and my capabilities, that I brought to the team and just gave myself more confidence as the season went long. I wouldn’t say it was easier then Ucla cause if you’re playing in the PAC-12 you earned the right to play there and playing in the pros it’s the same thing. You earned the right to be blessed to have the opportunity to play professionally

Besides your hard work who do you dedicate your success to? Why? 

Eric Filia: I dedicate my success to my brothers, I’m trying to be a big influence and role model to them to see that it is possible to put your mind and hard work to something you love and achieve and as long as we all just go out there, have fun, stay within ourselves, and don’t take this game for granted the possibilities are endless.

This season you were able to get a glimpse of AAA… What was it like? Did it feel different then anything you’ve done before? 

Eric Filia: I have to say AAA was a great treat and great experience, I learned a lot from the guys up there and how they handled themselves. But again it’s the same game and as long as you compete I believe I felt like I belonged.

What’s your favorite memory of 2016? 

Eric Filia: My favorite memory of 2016 was the relationships I built with my teammates and how even though off the field we were all great friends, on the field we did our job and competed each and every day. That’s what makes it fun for me is my friends and teammates coming to the field every day and competing to win a ball game.

Favorite pitcher to face? 

Eric Filia: My favorite pitcher to face had to be, 2 guys come in mind, Pat Murphy who played for Vancouver, he had great stuff and threw all his pitches for strikes and competed every time he went out there. Secondly, Dylan cease who pitched for the Eugene emeralds, cubs #6 prospect who has probably the best stuff, great fastball, 97-101 and curveball plus a change up, we competed against each other and we both got each other. Very great competitor and bright future for him.

Best Stadium? 

Eric Filia: Best stadium had to be Vancouver, had about 6 to 7000 people in the stands, hecklers and all but that makes the game fun. When you can compete on the field but also the fans who go against you and prove them wrong but it’s all in fun and I love fans and love to interact with them.

What did you think of the World Series? 

Eric Filia: The World Series is a prime example of never giving up and trusting one another and their roles that they bring to the team to help win. Game 7 really showed that everyone gave their all on the field and left their heart out. I love this game and seeing grown men have the same passion I do is very fulfilling and I really hope one day I can have that experience and succeed just like the Indians and cubs did. Very fun and humbled to watch. 

MD: Thank you so much and I really appreciate you doing this! I’m glad I got you before  you become a huge star! Thanks!

Eric Filia:  Hahah I hope that’s good and not too long man. Thanks for doing this. Great  man! Hope you have a good night!

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