Phillies Make Changes in TV Booth
The Phillies made a major announcement today regarding their TV broadcast team.
In the wake of their new TV deal with Comcast SportsNet, it appears there will be changes to the broadcast team in 2014.
The decision to replace Chris Wheeler and Gary "Sarge" Matthews came from the network, according to multiple sources. The Phillies said Wheeler and Matthews will continue to work with the organization in other roles.
This statement came today from the Phillies organization:
”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.”
Long-time Phillies broadcaster Chris Wheeler had this comment:
“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.”
As for Matthews, he made this comment to the Associated Press today:
"I enjoy working for the Phillies and want to retire as a Phillie," Matthews said in a phone conversation. "This is a great opportunity for me to remain in the area and also do my charity work."