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Zolecki points to Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs as strong broadcast booth finalists

Feb 5, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

source:  source:  Pitchers and catchers report in just about a week and Comcast SportsNet and the Philadelphia Phillies have yet to make their final decision as to who will be calling games on TV this season.

MLB’s Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki points to former Phillies Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs as being the strongest candidates remaining, with a real possibility that they could be in the booth together.

Sources said this week the network has been speaking to both Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs about joining Tom McCarthy in the broadcast booth. The network originally planned to hire just one color commentator to replace Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews, whom the network declined to bring back as part of its recently negotiated 25-year contract with the Phillies. But those plans apparently changed following strong auditions by both.

Both men were obviously very well liked for their role in bringing a parade down Broad Street. How likable they’d be in a TV booth remains to be seen, but I’d guess fans would welcome both players. At least until they lose a few games. Then the boos come out.

Stairs of course was in town last week to pound some beers at Wing Bowl.

  1. Sbuck - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    It would defiantly make for a nice duo I’m curious to see how their personalities would work together

    • willh888 - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      I’m guessing Jamie will change it up quite a bit. Plus i’m sure Matty’s contributions will go a long way.

      • Chutley - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:18 PM

        Deep into the night for sure

      • Scott B - Feb 5, 2014 at 5:07 PM

        Agreed but most of the stories Stairs tells will probably go way over our heads.

  2. TartanSixNine - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    As much as I would be eager to listen to Moyer and Stairs, I am supremely annoyed that Franzke and LA were not given a shot. Franzke in particular as TMac is the worst.

  3. Justin - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    What difference does it make considering one of the worst PBP guys in the game is the one doing most of the talking? Mr. yuck it up is a Mets fan who was fired from his dream job with the Mets, only to be hired back by the Phils for some reason. Now he’s here to stay and I don’t listen to the tv broadcast anymore. I never thought I’d miss Scott Graham, but thanks to Tom, I do.

    • TartanSixNine - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      “I never thought I’d miss Scott Graham, but thanks to Tom, I do.”

      Hard to believe, Harry!

      TMac is the worst. I can’t say it often enough.

    • Matt M - Feb 5, 2014 at 5:42 PM

      I actually really liked Scott Grahm, IDK why the Phillies ever let him go.

      • 33 - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:19 PM

        Same here.

        btw love the dichotomy of those two pictures. It’ll be interesting to hear both guys if added.

      • Justin - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        If you come up with an answer, Scott would like to know too. He’s quite bitter, and he should be. I just can’t believe they have forced this Mets fan down our throat. The day he said “Mike Piazza” territory was the last day he shouldve been working with the Phils. I’ll still never forget his excitement over a homerun Lyle Overbay hit against us at CBP. It’s bad enough that the worst GM in baseball has ruined our team, but to have to listen to mr fake all year is as bad as it gets.

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