Phillies Make Broadcasting Changes
It was announced today that longtime Phillies broadcaster Chris Wheeler would not be returning to the broadcast booth to take on more of a club role.
Former Phillies outfielder and color commentator Gary Matthews also will not return.
A statement from the Phillies:
”As the longest-tenured member of the Phillies broadcasting team, Chris Wheeler will return to his club roots after stepping down from his role as a Phillies broadcaster. With 37 years of broadcasting experience, combined with his front office background where he began his Phillies career, ‘Wheels’ will take on a new role allowing the organization to continue to benefit from his knowledge, experience and dedication to the game. Additionally, Gary Matthews will continue to work with the Phillies bringing his exceptional background as a major league ballplayer, broadcaster and commentator to new roles at the Phillies.”
The Phillies and recently signed and agreed to a 25-year, $2.5 billion television deal with NBC Universal and Comcast.
Reports say that it was Comcast's decision to not retain Wheeler and Matthews.
Chris Wheeler also released a personal statement of his own:
“It’s been an honor and a privilege to be a part of the Phillies broadcast team for 37 years. I certainly respect the decision that was made and I look forward to my new role in the Phillies organization.”
Wheeler started his career with the Phillies in 1971 and was the longest tenured member of the broadcast team.
It is unknown at this time as to who a replacement will be, but it is being reported that the network is looking for just one replacement commentator.