Consider this perhaps the best news for Phillies fans this offseason: MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports that former Phils Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs will be in the team's television broadcast booth this season. Zolecki writes:
Sources said today contracts are nearly finalized. Sources told MLB.com last week the network had begun negotiations with the pair as replacements for Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews, whom the network declined to bring back as part of its recently negotiated 25-year contract with the Phillies.
Moyer, who has worked with ESPN, interviewed three weeks ago. Stairs, who has worked with NESN, interviewed two weeks ago. Comcast originally intended to hire just one broadcaster, but both impressed during auditions.
Both are members of the Phillies' 2008 World Series championship team.
Needless to say, the ageless Moyer and Stairs with his beer-league ways should have plenty of appeal for a fan base that's been somewhat beaten down of late. As Zolecki notes, it's not yet certain whether both will be in the booth alongside play-by-play man Tom McCarthy or share color-commentating duties in shifts.
Moyer, who's a Pennsylvania native and who attended college at St. Joseph's in Philadelphia, spent five seasons in a Phils uniform. Stairs spent parts of the 2008 and 2009 seasons with the Phillies.