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Philadelphia Phillies' refreshed broadcast team offers encouraging preview

Moyer and Stairs will access their 2008 World Series resume this season.
Moyer and Stairs will access their 2008 World Series resume this season.
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The Philadelphia Phillies massive new television deal created two unexpected changes within the broadcast crew. Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs' early spring training efforts have been encouraging.

Hiring two men who are tied to the beloved 2008 World Series Championship team appears to have been the right move. While these recent retirees have only been on the air for a few games, their joint demeanor is refreshing.

Chris Wheeler was a knowledgeable baseball man. Due to his service time and company loyalty, he still holds a place within the team's front office. He, like many who have worked in the public eye, was likely hurt by evolving perceptions. Sometimes an older employee knows when their time has come and accepts “business decisions” in good faith, as 'Wheels' did.

Gary Matthews was a solid player and was a likeable in-game analyst. 'Sarge' has also retained a spot on the Phillies' office roster. He surely understands that the organization's new media agreement with Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia simply represents a change in desired on-air personality direction.

The halcyon days of Harry and Richie, whose full names don't need to be referenced for obvious iconic reasons, will always be considered as 'the best'. The newest additions to the TV team, along with remaining anchor Tom McCarthy, won't reach those lofty heights. But, they do offer a fresh path to a revised Phillies' future.

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