Stairs reportedly to interview for spot on Phillies' telecasts

Posted: January 31, 2014

LAST WEEK, Matt Stairs announced through his Twitter account that he was headed to today's Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center.

But it turns out he has some business to attend to in Philly, too.

Stairs, a member of the 2008 world champion Phillies, will interview with Comcast SportsNet for the vacant TV broadcasting job, according to an MLB.com report.

Stairs, 45, retired as a player after spending the 2011 season with the Washington Nationals. He worked as an in-studio analyst for NESN in Boston during the 2012 season.

Stairs leads major league baseball in pinch-hit home runs, with 23 in the regular season in his career. That does not include the most famous of his career. On Oct. 13, 2008, Stairs' go-ahead, two-run homer off Jonathan Broxton at Dodger Stadium in the eighth inning sent the Phillies to a 7-5 win in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series.

Stairs also played for the 2009 Phillies, who won the NL pennant before losing to the New York Yankees in the World Series.

Stairs is the latest in a long line of former Phillies being considered for Comcast's color commentator job, which opened when Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews were removed from the broadcast team earlier this month.

Mitch Williams, Mickey Morandini and Kevin Stocker, members of the 1993 National League champion Phillies, are among the candidates. According to MLB.com, Jamie Moyer, also a member of the '08 and '09 Phillies, also interviewed for the job.

Brad Lidge (a third member of the '08 Phillies to be considered) was considered one of Comcast's top choices, but he took his name out of the running earlier in the process.

Comcast is likely to make its hire relatively soon: The Phillies make their first 2014 TV appearance on the network on Feb. 26, when they host the Toronto Blue Jays in their Grapefruit League opener.


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SPRING TRAINING TV SCHEDULE

Feb. 26: Blue Jays at Phillies, 1:05 (CSN)

Feb. 28: Tigers at Phillies, 1:05 (TCN)

March 2: Pirates at Phillies, 1:05 (CSN)

March 4: Blue Jays at Phillies, 6:35 (TCN)

March 5: Braves at Phillies, 1:05 (TCN)

March 6: Yankees at Phillies, 1:05 (TCN)

March 8: Astros at Phillies, 1:05 (TCN)

March 10: Braves at Phillies, 1:05 (CSN)

March 13: Yankees at Phillies, 1:05 (TCN)

March 16: Pirates at Phillies, 1:05 (CSN)

March 17: Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 (TCN)

March 20: Blue Jays at Phillies, 1:05 (TCN)

March 21: Red Sox at Phillies, 1:05 (TCN)

March 22: Twins at Phillies, 1:05 (CSN)

March 26: Tigers at Phillies, 1:05 (TCN)

March 27: Blue Jays at Phillies, 1:05 (TCN)

*March 28: Pirates at Phillies, 7:05 (CSN)

*March 29: Pirates at Phillies, 1:05 (CSN)

*Citizens Bank Park.

Note: Additional games could air on ESPN, ESPN2 or MLB Network. Those schedules have not been announced.

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