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Official: Phillies tab Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs as color commentators

Feb 11, 2014, 3:48 PM EDT

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The search to replace Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews in the Philadelphia Phillies broadcast booth has reached its conclusion.

CSNPhilly.com has confirmed reports that Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs, both members of the 2008 World F’n Champions, will join play-by-play man Tom McCarthy as color commentators in the television booth this year.

John Finger writes the pair will broadcast over 100 games in 2014, including more than 30 together. Moyer and Stairs had been rumored as the leading contenders for the openings over the past few weeks.

Moyer and Stairs bring a combined 44 Major League seasons worth of experience to the booth, so there should be no shortage of baseball knowledge to go around the broadcast.

Both retired players have a healthy following among Philly fans, so the news will likely be greeted as positive. We’ll reserve judgment though until we’ve had a few months to take in how the new dynamic works.

>> Jamie Moyer, Matt Stairs joing Phillies broadcast team [CSN]

  1. Jay D - Feb 11, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    whatever….just demote tmac to talking to the fans like david murphy and get scott franzke in there

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    • mike b - Feb 13, 2014 at 11:16 AM

      Great. I was afraid you would select Ricky B. I would have turned the sound off and watched the game and listed to it on the radio. But I sure will miss “Sarge”

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  2. Jed - Feb 11, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Franzke puts me to sleep. Moyer and Stairs could be cool.

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  3. Jason R. - Feb 11, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Not a “three-man-booth” fan nor a fan of rotating color guys. Two “old school” guys that will bring bitching from the SABR crowd.

    Stairs played with so many players that there should be fun anecdotes aplenty, Moyer has an elder statesman appeal that I could see being interesting.

    Either way, we’ll always have 2008

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    • ochospantalones - Feb 12, 2014 at 10:56 AM

      How do we know either of these guys don’t like advanced stats? It wouldn’t shock me at all if Moyer has an interest in at least some of the newer stuff like the PITCH f/x system or batted ball data. This pair couldn’t possibly be less progressive on that sort of stuff than Wheels and Sarge.

      Moyer and Stairs combined played in parts of 45 major league seasons, Moyer played for 8 different organizations, and I think Stairs played for every team in baseball at some point. So yeah, they should have some good stories between them.

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    • willh888 - Feb 13, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      not sure why but I ran across a sports talk station and they were talking about how boring Jamie Moyer will be and how will he fill in those 10-2 blow outs in July with some color comments. That’s just crazy. This is the same guy who dug up the pitchers mound and sat on it so he could drink a beer upon winning his first World Series. He’s a total chucklehead.. perfect for most listeners.

      Then there’s Matt Stairs.. and he’s just Matt Stairs.

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