Moyer interviews for job in Phillies' TV booth
Left-hander, 51, pitched on World Series championship club in 2008
PHILADELPHIA -- Jamie Moyer grew up watching and listening to Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn broadcast Phillies games.
Moyer understands the strong and long-lasting connections fans have with their broadcasters. It is one reason why he is interested in joining the Phillies' broadcast team. Comcast SportsNet has been interviewing candidates to replace Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews, whom the network declined to bring back as color commentators as part of its recently negotiated 25-year contract with the team.
Moyer interviewed this week to be Tom McCarthy's partner in the broadcast booth.
Multiple sources said the top candidates are: Moyer, who has worked as an analyst with ESPN; Mitch Williams, who works at MLB Network and has partnered in the booth with McCarthy at FOX; Mickey Morandini, who is a coach with Triple-A Lehigh Valley and has performed postgame analysis with the Cubs; and Kevin Stocker, who receives glowing reviews for his work with the Pac-12 and CBS Sports networks. Some are giving Moyer and Williams an edge.
All four are former Phils players, with Moyer part of the 2008 World Series championship team and Williams, Morandini and Stocker part of the 1993 National League championship team.
One source said Doug Glanville, who works with ESPN, removed his name from consideration.
"The more I've thought about it and the more time I've spent with the people at Comcast, it's allowed me to reflect a little bit on my childhood and think about all the great broadcasters I grew up listening to," Moyer said Wednesday. "To be a part of that rich history would be pretty exciting.
"We'll see what happens. I don't know anything beyond that."
Moyer, 51, certainly has a wealth of knowledge about the game and plenty of stories to tell following a highly successful 25-season career. He said he does not view full-time traveling again as a negative.
"I don't have to be in tip-top shape," Moyer said. "But I do understand the grind of it. We've got some older kids who are leaving the nest. We have some younger ones who are still in the nest, but we would enjoy it. And this would allow me to see my parents a bit more."
Moyer, who grew up in Souderton, Pa., and attended Saint Joseph's University, currently lives in California. Asked if he would move his family to Philadelphia, he said he hasn't thought that far ahead because he has not been offered a job. But Moyer added, "My family has always enjoyed the baseball side of it. Not that I'm playing now, but it's an opportunity to venture out in another direction."
But could it be strange or uncomfortable to have to critique one of his former teammates? Moyer played with several current Phillies, including pitchers Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Kyle Kendrick.
"I don't think so," Moyer said. "They're all human beings, and they know they're going to make bad pitches. Even if you make a bad pitch, it doesn't mean it's hit. And if you make a good pitch, sometimes it gets hit. I'm not here to beat anybody up. I'm here to tell the story. I think that's really what you're trying to do. You're trying to share knowledge and talk about the game, and actually let the game speak for itself. It's trying to add to that. Just share the experience of the ups and downs of the season. And there are many ups and downs, as Phils fans have seen in the past five, six years. We've seen the upside, and we've seen the downside. That's baseball. And that's life."
Moyer's life could be changing soon, if he receives the job offer in the booth. And Comcast's decision could be coming soon.
McCarthy's new partner will be hired as a Comcast employee -- they have been hired as Phillies employees in the past -- and the network has final say on whom it hires. But the Phils are involved in the selection process, although how much of a say they have is unclear. But if the club feels strongly for or against somebody, it is believed Comcast will listen.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.