Changes to the Phillies television broadcast are leading to continued success
It’s been an incredibly bumpy ride for the Phillies broadcast team since the untimely passing of Harry Kalas in 2009. Comcast Spectacor and the team was clearly not (though understandably) prepared to replace Kalas. Tom McCarthy was getting his reps as the voice in the stands and the occasional play-by-play, but he was literally thrown behind the microphone on April 13.
In the years since the broadcast has included the lovable, yet irritating, team of Chris “Wheels” Wheeler and Gary “Sarge” Matthews. After the two were pushed out, the team favored World Series folk heroes Matt Stairs and Jamie Moyer.
Moyer, while a fan favorite on the field and an intriguing option for the broadcast, was an udder bore on television. Stairs got better in his second year and is currently the team hitting coach.
Now, human “Legoman” Ben Davis and 1993 fan favorite John Kruk control the analyst mic, with legend Mike Schmidt giving his opinions during the home weekend series.