Schmidt joining Phillies TV booth for Sunday home games

Posted: February 28, 2014

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Mike Schmidt, the Hall of Fame third baseman, will broadcast 13 Phillies games for Comcast SportsNet this season, as the network continues to overhaul its announcing talent.

Schmidt, 64, will work every Sunday home game. He will team with Tom McCarthy and either Jamie Moyer or Matt Stairs in a three-man booth. Comcast replaced Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews in January when it agreed to a TV rights deal with the Phillies worth more than $2.5 billion.

"Michael Jack Schmidt is one of the iconic names in Philadelphia Phillies history," Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia president Brian Monihan said in a statement. "He brings invaluable insight into the booth, having played his entire career here in Philly, working as a guest instructor in Phillies spring training, and as a first-ballot Hall of Fame inductee."

Moyer will work 109 games, including spring training. Stairs will work 108. They debuted Wednesday in the Phillies' Grapefruit League opener.

Until this spring, Schmidt attended camp for 12 years as a guest instructor. Undisclosed health issues kept him from reprising that role in 2014.

Schmidt has experience in the booth. He worked beside Harry Kalas during the 1990 season for Prism, and did some occasional analyst work in recent years for Comcast. There will be a total of eight Phillies broadcasters for TV and radio in 2014.


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