Moyer and Stairs to the Broadcast Booth?
Sources said this week the network has been speaking to both Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs about joining Tom McCarthy in the broadcast booth. The network originally planned to hire just one color commentator to replace Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews, whom the network declined to bring back as part of its recently negotiated 25-year contract with the Phillies. But those plans apparently changed following strong auditions by both.
Moyer, who has worked with ESPN, interviewed two weeks ago. Stairs, who has worked with NESN, interviewed late last week.
It is unclear how a Moyer-Stairs combination would work, if they reach agreements with both. They could share time in the booth like Wheeler and Matthews (Wheeler broadcast six innings while Matthews broadcast three),they could split games or they could be in the booth at the same time with McCarthy.
Comcast also had Mitch Williams, Mickey Morandini and Kevin Stocker among its finalists.
An official announcement could come as early as the end of the week. Comcast broadcasts its first Grapefruit League game from Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla., on Feb. 26.