Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Phillies add Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt to Booth

By SAMUEL BOTWINICK | Staff Writer
February 26, 2014, 7:45 p.m.
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The Phillies, apparently unsatisfied with the broadcast duo of Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs, have added a Philadelphia icon to the TV team.  He is the legendary Hall of Fame third baseman, Mike Schmidt.

According to multiple sources close to the Review, Schmidt will broadcast all of the Phillies' 13 home Sunday games this season along with Moyer and Stairs.

The 64-year old has been a guest instructor at Phillies' Spring Training games for more than 10 years, but has been absent this year due to an undisclosed health problem that his doctors are currently dealing with.

Schmidt, who is widely considered by fans and analysts alike to be the best third baseman in Phillies' history, was a 12-time All Star with the Phillies in his 18-year career with them.

Aside from receiving these accolades, Schmidt had his number retired in 1990 and was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1995 for posting impressive numbers over a long period of time.  

When Schmidt retired, he had hit 548 home runs, had won three MVP awards, with an equally impressive ten Gold Gloves, and had been named the Most Valuable Player of the 1980 World Series for his tremendous contributions there.

While Schmidt will broadcast 13 games this season, Moyer will be in the booth for 108 of those, and Stairs will be there for 109 games.

The complications for this broadcast plan start with the fact that Moyer and Stairs will be switching off with each other on Sundays, and will be with with Tom McCarthy, the lone employee from the Phillies' broadcast team this year.

Originally, it looked like the schedule was straightforward for broadcasts this season.  Moyer was supposed to be the color commentator with Stairs for all nine innings. 

The Phillies' and Comcast had other plans, though.  This raises the question who the Phillies' true color commentator for nine innings this year will be. 

As of now, Comcast will go with a three-man team when Moyer and Stairs are both in at the same time.  On Sundays, Moyer and Stairs will switch off being in the booth with Schmidt.

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