The Phillies will have two familiar faces from the not-so distant past in the broadcast booth this season.
Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs will join the Phillies’ broadcast crew for the 2014 season, replacing longtime announcers Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews.
Moyer and Stairs were teammates on the 2008 World Series champion team and the 2009 National League championship team.
The pair will join play-by-play broadcaster Tom McCarthy and in-game reporter Gregg Murphy. Moyer and Stairs will broadcast more than 100 games, including more than 30 together.
“We are thrilled to have World Series Champions Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs join our Phillies broadcast team,” Comcast SportsNet president Brian Monihan said in a statement. “These two former Phillies bring a unique perspective to the booth, and their expert analysis will add a new level of energy, insight and enjoyment to our Phillies broadcasts.”
Moyer pitched in the big leagues for 25 seasons, including five years with the Phillies from 2006 to 2010. Moyer won 269 games in the majors, including 56 with the Phillies.
In 2012 while pitching for the Colorado Rockies, Moyer, at age 49, became the oldest pitcher to win a game in the big leagues.
He finished his career with a 269-209 record, 4.25 ERA and 2,441 strikeouts in 4,074 innings.
The Souderton, Pa. native attended Souderton High School and Saint Joseph’s University. He made his debut with the Chicago Cubs in 1986 in a game against the Phillies and his boyhood idol, Steve Carlton.
Moyer also affected the Philadelphia community. His foundation created Camp Erin, the largest network of free bereavement camps in the country for children and teens who are grieving a significant loss.
Stairs spent 19 years in the big leagues with 12 different teams. Though he hit 265 home runs in his career, it was the one swing in the postseason during the 2008 title run that made him an instant folk hero in Philadelphia.
In Game 4 of the 2008 NLCS at Dodger Stadium, Stairs hit a pinch-hit home run, “deep into the night” off Jonathan Broxton that gave the Phillies a lead they would never relinquish. Stairs’ homer set the Phillies up for a series-clinching victory in Game 5 to send them to the World Series.
He had one more plate appearance the rest of the season.
Stairs holds the record for most pinch-hit home runs with 23. In an interview during the 2009 season, Stairs talked about how much the fan support meant to him.
“On deck I have nothing on my mind, but I do hear the fans now and it fires you up,” he said during the '09 season. “You walk out of the dugout and all of sudden you hear the crowd yelling and you get those chills ... put it this way, I take one practice swing when I'm on deck because the adrenaline going from the fans goes right into me and I have to get into the box and say, ‘OK, calm down.’
“I always say I take one swing for the fans and the rest for my teammates.”
Stairs is a native of Fredericton, New Brunswick and played for the Canadian baseball team in the 1988 Olympics. Stairs lives in Maine during the offseason and coaches high school hockey.
Wheeler began working for the Phillies in 1971 and started his broadcast career in 1977. Matthews played for the Phillies from 1981-83 and was MVP of the '83 NLCS that sent the team to the World Series.
Both men have been offered new roles with the team.