February 20, 2015
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Comcast SportsNet is replacing one Philadelphia-area native former major leaguer with another in its broadcast booth for Phillies games this season. The network announced yesterday that Ben Davis will join the broadcast team for the 2015 season, joining fellow analysts Matt Stairs and Mike Schmidt, play-by-play man Tom McCarthy, and in-game reporter Gregg Murphy. Davis, a Malvern Prep graduate selected by San Diego with the No. 2 pick in the 1995 draft, replaces Souderton native Jamie Moyer.
December 1, 2014 |
FOR THE second straight winter, Comcast SportsNet will conduct a search for a color commentator for Phillies broadcasts. Jamie Moyer informed the network he would not return for the 2015 season. Moyer and Matt Stairs, members of the 2008 world champion Phillies, joined the broadcast last winter, signing 2-year contracts; Moyer and Stairs replaced Chris Wheeler and Gary "Sarge" Mathews. Moyer, 52, a Souderton native and Saint Joseph's University product who makes a home on the West Coast, cited wanting to spend more time with his family.
July 14, 2014 |
IT SPEAKS VOLUMES about this all-over-but-the-retching Phillies season that the biggest news the team generated during the winter had absolutely nothing to do with what happens on the field. Instead, the buzz was generated by the out-of-the-blue sacking of Phillies TV analysts Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews and their replacement by three former players, Jamie Moyer, Matt Stairs and Mike Schmidt. "Wheels," who had provided color commentary for the Fightin's since 1977, and "Sarge," a member of the 1983 Wheeze Kids squad that won the National League pennant, were victims of the blockbuster 25-year, $2.5 billion deal the team cut with Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia right after New Year's.
March 28, 2014
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The ball off the bat of Ian Kinsler seemed at first catchable, and then at least playable. Bobby Abreu, making his sixth start in rightfield for the Phillies this spring, got a late jump, ran toward the ball slowly and awkwardly, then chased it into the corner and poked at it a couple of times before he threw it, sore shoulder and all, back toward the infield. Kinsler ended up at third base and scored what turned out to be the only run on a groundout in Detroit's exhibition victory yesterday.
February 28, 2014 |
ONE OF THE FEW negatives I have discovered in my quarter of a century as a sports journalist is that the job has taken away some of the enjoyment I used to have when I just watched the games for fun. I grew up listening to legendary Baltimore Orioles and Colts radio voice Chuck Thompson, but left Maryland not too long after he retired in 1987, the same year I graduated from the University of Maryland. From then on, sports became a career, not so much a source of entertainment.
February 27, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs were introduced on Monday as Comcast SportsNet's new color commentary team for Phillies television broadcasts. But they aren't the only voices being added to the network for the 2014 season. Consider them the table setters for the Hall of Fame cleanup hitter set to join the broadcast. Mike Schmidt will join CSN's broadcast team this season for all 13 Sunday home games at Citizens Bank Park, the Daily News has learned. Schmidt, a 12-time All-Star with the Phillies, will join play-by-play man Tom McCarthy and either Stairs or Moyer in a three-man booth for the home Sunday broadcasts.
February 26, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs sat at a table in the lunch room at Bright House Field yesterday morning and answered questions about their new jobs. Fittingly, two microphones were affixed in front of them. Moyer and Stairs will make their debuts as the new color analysts for Comcast SportsNet's Phillies broadcasts tomorrow, when the Phillies will play host to the Toronto Blue Jays at 1:05 p.m. The two former Phillies, who are replacing Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews in the broadcast booth, have a combined 44 years of major league experiences as big-league players.
February 26, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Ryan Howard shagged fly balls during batting practice Monday morning when Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs appeared. The three men, teammates in 2008 when the Phillies won the World Series, embraced. "Jamie!" Howard yelled. Stairs hugged Howard. They laughed about the whole thing, how Moyer and Stairs are rookie broadcasters as Howard looks to recapture his greatness. Moyer and Stairs are not Phillies employees; Comcast SportsNet hired them earlier this month to replace Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews under the guidelines of the network's new contract with the team.
February 24, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Matt Stairs' majestic, go-ahead home run flirted with the palm trees beyond the ballpark at Chavez Ravine before finding a resting place deep in the upper rightfield bleachers at Dodger Stadium. Three batters earlier, Lou Marson winced as another home run - of the line-drive variety - nearly grazed his helmet. Before Stairs' famous shot off Jonathan Broxton, Shane Victorino tied Game 4 of the 2008 National League Championship Series with his own, two-run home run off Cory Wade.