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Report: Moyer, Stairs Tabbed for Phillies Booth

 (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

According to Todd Zolecki of, the Phillies will make an announcement as early as tomorrow bringing on both Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs to the broadcast booth in 2014.

After speaking with several former players –  including Mitch Williams, Kevin Stocker, and Mickey Morandini –  the team is deciding on two broadcasters to replace Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews, instead of just one as previously thought.

Analysis: I thought Stocker was the lone hire here as he does a fine job with the Pac-12 network and is known enough in the Philadelphia region.

Moyer was a bit dry in his go-round with ESPN, and with the media during his time in Philly, so he’ll have to work on relating to the fans.

Stairs is a complete wild card who could end up being a star in this blue-collar town. He a beer-chugging everyman who seems to speak his mind and was strong enough in his interviews to impress the team into giving him a job.

How the two will work on-air with Tom McCarthy is not yet known.



  1. The Dipsy

    February 11, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    What an absolutely horrible choice. I don’t understand it even a little bit. I guess at this point Ricky Bo and LA can just shove their middle fingers up in the air and move on. Ridiculous.

    The Dipsy

    • nahroots

      February 11, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      The world is round, water is wet, there are 7 days in a week, and The Dipsy shares his opinion with no reasoning to be found. All is well.

  2. Dav

    February 11, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    It will take both Moyer and Stairs to hold up McCarthy’s bro.

  3. The Dipsy

    February 11, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    McCarthy is bland. Moyer’s gonna be a tired dog kinda company man and Stairs is probably gonna just say idiotic things. Just a prediction.

    The Dipsy

  4. Nick

    February 11, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    I actually kind of like the moves. This way, Moyer will be close enough to suit up to bail out the bullpen, and Stairs to pinch hit.

    Seriously, though, I think these are good moves. Moyer is a local guy, and I think he’ll get more comfortable in front of the mic. Stairs has the potential to be to TV what LA is to radio, and that kind of excites me. I still wish they would move Franzke and LA to TV and put McCarthy and the new guys on radio.

  5. Mary Pat

    February 11, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    I don’t understand people being offended on behalf of LA or Franzke. I’m a HUGE fan of theirs and always listen to them during games. However, I’ve heard time and time again that they have ZERO desire to be on TV. Why in the world would they want to give up the freedom that they have on the radio? They’re really not required to be “company men” in the way that the TV folks are. Especially now that Comcast has their input as well, I’d think it’s probably less appealing than ever.

  6. john

    February 11, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, wow, i seem to hate every move the phillies make anymore. the radio it is, love LA. didn’t hate seeing charlie go, but it was 4 years to late !!!!!

  7. Don M

    February 11, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    As long as they didn’t go with Mitch Williams…

  8. Manny

    February 11, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Ha! This is kinda awesome. Wild cards all around, especially with Stairs! Looking forward to him calling some moonshots.

  9. Abel Ruiz

    February 11, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    So whos the play to play guy and whos the analyst?

  10. Chuck A.

    February 11, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Stairs should be a hoot. He HAS to be better than Sarge. And I know I’m kinda in the minority, but I’m gonna miss Wheels. Say what you want but the man knows the game, knows the team and knows the city. I always seemed to learn something when he was on. But whatever…time to move on.

  11. davehist

    February 11, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Hope the two of them work out well, but I think we’ll miss Chris Wheeler more than we think now.

  12. Ryne Duren

    February 12, 2014 at 8:14 am

    @davehist I feel the same dave, wishing the two new guys well. But I differ on the second part. I won’t miss Wheels a lick. I know he had a big knowledge of the game. I’ve never questioned that. My complaints with Wheels was he over analyzed the simplest things. For instance, the simple task of going first to third, all of the little intricacies, every little step! Or a player stealing a base. The first step through the slide, why he did this or that blah blah. That was the same reason I never liked McCarver and didn’t miss him when he left. Just shut up already. Another reason was his mentioning of strategies during the game, he was right about 50% of the time. It was like he was trying to impress the viewers. I could go on and on.
    Sarge on the other hand I will miss. Simply because he told it like it was. If a player did something wrong he would point it out. Sarge knew how the game was supposed to be played, Wheels on the other hand tried everyday to convince us that he knew all the little things. That to me was painful. At least Sarge would make you laugh. He wasn’t the best and would blather at times but at least he would put a smile on your face. This main difference is Wheel would make you yell at the TV to shut up, Sarge would make you laugh with the different inflections in his voice. My sons and I would always try to imitate his voice on how he said things. But never once did we ever say “he don’t know what he’s saying” I’m not comparing Sarge with Whitey but Whitey had the same qualities in as far as making you laugh and trying to imitate how he would call things. And nobody ever questioned his not knowing anything. Now T-mac? Geez I quess if you like someone that sounds like you just won the WS when a Phillie gets a hit in the ninth inning when you’re down 12-1. Well he’s your guy! Need I say more?

    • photoFred

      February 12, 2014 at 8:35 am

      Pretty much agree. I will say, however, that, like an old worn in pair of shoes, I’ve gotten a bit more comfortable with Wheeler over the years. He really isn’t as bad as McCarver who used to repeat his incorrect observation right over the replay which showed otherwise. Still, if I never hear the phrase “middle in” again, I’m okay with that!

      As for Sarge, I kept waiting for him to blossom like Whitey did. Whitey was really stiff and awkward in the beginning. I think Sarge got better but seems to have plateaued somewhere just north of mediocre. His WAR is like .1. Looking forward to seeing what Stairs has to offer.

      As for McCarthy and (especially) Murph? Bland, bland, bland. Neither love nor hate ’em. I prefer the radio.

    • wbramh

      February 12, 2014 at 10:37 am

      There’s something to be said for not saying it.

      Seems most sports announcers these days are inclined to prattle on, ostensibly to keep the viewer awake and involved. Sure, it’s always been the credo of radio that nature deplores the vacuum known as dead air. Back in antediluvian times (when I was young) if you listened to a boxing match on radio it was a totally different event from reality – punches were feverishly thrown even while the two participants were feeling each other out and the live audience was starting to boo Piped in sound effects of a more compliant crowd were always at the ready when things got too dull.

      Not so on the TV side where Don Dunphy could remain mute during the lack of action, sipping tea from his thermos while unwrapping a home-made tuna sandwich from its aluminum foil.
      The fight could, and often would, go soundless for a full minute in the absence of authentic happenings.

      On some fateful day, TV moguls apparently decided that dead air space on their medium was just as deadly as it was on radio, hence, those overly imaginative radio jocks migrated into our TeeVee machines and were not too ashamed fabricate punches… or get a bit too excited over routine ground balls – or felt the need to tell us just how green was the grass we could see with our own eyes. And somehow, we either didn’t notice or stopped caring that they were calling their own game and not the one in the ring or on the field.

      Having been born during the “silent era,” I find today’s perpetual blather intrusive at best and insult to my intelligence at worst. To my ear, it sounds like static with a high-pitched whine added for the distinct purpose of infuriating me. I don’t have to put on a pair of ear pods before going for a simple run with my dog. I’d sooner listen for a flock of migrating birds… or the sound of some delivery truck bearing down on me.

      Me? I’d be happy for a recliner, By Saam and a tuna sandwich.

      • George

        February 12, 2014 at 11:49 am

        Amen to that, particularly the first paragraph and the second to last. T’V announcers seem to think viewers are blind as well as stupid. We’re not.

  13. AdrianM

    February 12, 2014 at 9:06 am

    I do not get people’s affinity for Sarge. Every once in a while he said something insightful, but 90 percent of the time, he would just repeat a question TMac asked him in declarative form. He over-generalized everything that happened on the field. You could tell he was just not comfortable in that booth. I’m so glad he’s gone. I just hope Moyer and Stairs will be an improvement. The jury is still out.

  14. Lucky Sofar

    February 15, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Sarge made me feel at home. His insight to the game filled-in aspects of understanding the reasons why it occurred on the play. Wheels was over the top jabbering like this was the first time you heard about baseball. However, his knowledge of MLB was enormous.

    How Moyer and Stairs workout is anybody’s guess. I’m sure there are 50 other potential announcers qualified to ‘Call’ and ‘Color’ the Phillies. I see Jamie Moyer analyzing Pitching strategy, and Matt Stairs breaking down Hitter’s counts, but baseball’s 5-mph speed limit can produce a silent killer on Radio.

    Now we wait for their monikers, nicknames, and Opening Day.

    • wbramh

      February 16, 2014 at 1:39 am

      Gary Matthews seems like an authentically sweet guy. I actually came to enjoy his easy style – and Sarge’s likability made up for any warts, most present, as expected, during his learning mode.

      I hate to se anyone lose their job – especially at the apparent behest of the evil empire known as Comcast. They’ve earned a generally terrible rating among customers which makes me wonder why they should be judging other people’s job performances.

      I agree that Wheeler had his annoying quirks – like the rest of us, only broadcast across the Delaware Valley. But I’d say the same for him as I did Sarge. Love him or hate Chris Wheeler, he bled Phillies red and deserved a better fate. After all, these are people’s job we’re talking about here. They performed their tasks to the best of their abilities, always showed up for work and served as loyal and worthy ambassadors for the company (perhaps too loyal at times).

      Short of resurrecting Harry and Whitey (with By Saam, Claude Herring and Gene Kelly handling radio duties), as a fan, I would have been happy to keep things the way they were last year – with the addition of a bona fide right-handed power hitter behind Howard, of course.

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