Following up on a report from last week that Comcast Sportsnet was strongly considering naming both Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs the new color announcers for the Phillies, MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki confirmed today that the duo will join Tom McCarthy in the Phillies television broadcast booth in 2014.
Comcast SportsNet will announce Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs have joined its Phillies broadcast team as early as tomorrow.
Sources said today contracts are nearly finalized. Sources told MLB.com last week the network had begun negotiations with the pair as replacements for Chris Wheeler andGary Matthews, whom the network declined to bring back as part of its recently negotiated 25-year contract with the Phillies.
Zolecki was not able to clear up whether both would be in the booth at the same time with McCarthy, or whether the two would rotate with each other through certain parts of the game.
Both members of the duo had key moments in the Phillies 2008 World Series run, but their Phillies legacy may ultimately be determined by how they perform in the announcers booth (see Richie Ashburn and Gary Matthews).
I like the move a ton, because you have two completely different guys. Stairs gives the perspective of a masher, who has experience as a pinch-hitter, designated hitter, infielder, and outfielder, and comes off as a fun guy, which should help him in the booth. Moyer figures to be more serious in the booth, but as his 2011 stint on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight showed, he is more than capable of talking about the game of baseball–25 years in the MLB tend to do that to you.
On the field, there might not be too much to get excited for with the Phillies in 2014. In the booth, not only do we have two new voices for the Phillies, but won’t have to see Sarge wearing caps backwards and hear him tripping over his words, while Wheels uses 1970’s-esque analogies, like calling someones head “their coconut”. This move at least gets me a little more excited for pitchers and catchers.