Jamie Moyer, Matt Stairs to join Philadelphia Phillies TV crew

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If you watch Philadelphia Phillies games on Comcast Sports Net in 2014, chances are you’ll be familiar with the duo calling the action.

On Tuesday, word came from MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki that Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs will replace the departed Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews in the Comcast booth, joining incumbent play-by-play man Tom McCarthy.

Zolecki’s piece notes that Comcast had originally planned to only hire one personality to accompany McCarthy in the booth, but apparently Stairs and Moyer were both impressive enough to earn their way onto the crew.

Phillies fans no doubt hold Moyer and Stairs in high esteem, considering both were a part of the team’s 2008 World Series championship. Stairs, you may recall, crushed a Jonathan Broxton offering deep into the right field pavilion at Dodger Stadium in Game 4 of the NLCS. The blast catapulted the Phillies to a series win and, eventually, a World Series title after they dispatched the Tampa Bay Rays. That same season, Moyer cruised to a 16-7 record and a 3.71 ERA as a vital part of the team’s dominant staff.

Over the course of his 19-year career, Stairs clubbed 265 home runs, drove in 899 runs and was a valuable pinch-hitting option for years until he retired after spending 2011 with the Washington Nationals. Stairs’ most consistent run-producing season came in 1999, when he swatted 38 homers and drove on 102 runs for the Oakland A’s while slugging .533.

While Stairs remained an MLB presence for nearly twenty years, Moyer managed to remain in the league for the better part of the last 25 seasons. His final hurrah came in an injury-riddled 2012 with the Colorado Rockies, closing the book on a career that found him posting a career win/loss record of 269-209 and an ERA of 4.25 spread across 4,074 innings.

All this to say: Moyer and Stairs bring a lot of combined baseball knowledge into the Comcast booth, and it will be fun to interesting to see how they work alongside McCarthy.