Cody Asche has Mike Schmidt in his hot corner

Cody Asche has Mike Schmidt in his hot corner

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I don't know about you but I've been enjoying the Phillies broadcasts having Mike Schmidt share his wisdom on Sunday's so far this season. Sure, he may not be all over the current news from around the league such as his not knowing the Phils wouldn't be facing Jose Fernandez this week because he's out for the season after Tommy John surgery, but his nuggets of wisdom from his own playing days have been quite enjoyable to listen to.

It's also been very interesting to hear Michael Jack talk about the Phillies current young third baseman in Cody Asche. You can watch Schmidty talk about texting Cody after his ugly three error game last week in the above clip but he also spoke about Asche during the live telecast at length, both about the text conversation and about how he sees something really nice in Asche's swing.

"I just said to him 'I've been there, I felt your pain, I've done that,'" Schmidt said. "'Do your best to forget it, everything's going to be fine a couple games from now, no one will remember it. ... You're not the first person this has happened to.'"

During the broadcast Schmidt was saying something about how great hitters can recognize other great hitters. I wish I had transcribed it exactly. He really seems to believe Asche has the ability to turn into a great one. Cody has certainly heated up after a slow start. It's great watching him look more comfortable at the plate.

[watch video of Asche's 3-run home run yesterday]

And here's a fun stat to think about:

Source: Phillies agree to 1-year deal with reliever Joaquin Benoit

Source: Phillies agree to 1-year deal with reliever Joaquin Benoit

The Phillies have agreed to a one-year, $7.5 million contract with right-handed reliever Joaquin Benoit, a source tells CSN's Jim Salisbury.

Benoit, 39, was the 11th-oldest pitcher in baseball last season, but he's remained effective as he's aged. Since 2010, Benoit has a 2.40 ERA and 0.97 WHIP, he's struck out 10.0 batters per nine innings while walking 2.8, and allowed a .189 batting average.

Benoit has also maintained his velocity through the years. His fastball averaged 94.2 mph last season, which is actually faster than it was in 2010.

Benoit has been in the majors for 15 years, spending eight with Texas, three with Detroit, two with San Diego, one with Tampa Bay and a half-season apiece with Seattle and Toronto.

Benoit has experience closing but has spent the majority of his career as a setup man. Benoit, along with Hector Neris, figures to have a place in the eighth or ninth inning for the Phillies in 2017, perhaps pushing last year's closer, Jeanmar Gomez, back to the seventh inning.

The Phillies have not yet officially announced the signing of Benoit and will need to clear a spot on the 40-man roster to make room for him.

Not So Fast Joel Embiid: Nik Stauskas's dad claims his son is the original 'The Process'

Not So Fast Joel Embiid: Nik Stauskas's dad claims his son is the original 'The Process'

Philadelphia 76ers sharp shooter Nik Stauskas is back on his "Sauce and Co." podcast with a couple of very special guests: his Momma Ruta and Pappa Paul.

After being overly Canadian in their take on Friday night's brutal loss -- "less than stellar" --  to the Orlando Magic, Mr. Stauskas brings the heat with a fantastic "fun fact."

"Speaking of Joel, I have a fun fact for your audience here," Paul Stauskas says. "I have to give him a new moniker."

He doesn't exactly have a new one yet but...

"'The Process' has already been taken. In 2013 there was a documentary made about Nik called 'Nik Stauskas: The Process.' So if Embiid wants to continue using that, I'm affraid he's going to have to pay a royalty."

                         [Related: Joel Embiid feels 'The Process' is about him]

And if you hit up YouTube, there is is, a 21-minute documentary about a younger Nik Stauskas.

"If this does blow up, there may be some royalty fees he owes me," Nik adds. "I'll have to bring that up to Joel."

"He's got the cheddar," Paul says. "So he can pay up."

You can listen to the Stauskas family podcast in full below.