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Schmidt Negotiating Return to TV Booth

Jimmy Rollins, Mike SchmidtMike Schmidt will be in camp throughout Spring Training working with Phillies hitters like Domonic Brown, Cody Asche and Darin Ruf.

After that he is expected to return to the Phillies’ broadcast booth, where he served last season as a TV color analyst during Sunday home games.

Schmidt’s role could expand this season to Saturday and Sunday home games. Schmidt’s agent is meeting with Comcast SportsNet representatives Monday to try to hash out a new contract.

“I’m already in town,” Schmidt said about broadcasting both weekend home games. “I actually come in town Wednesday and play golf a couple days with sponsors. Why not just do the game Saturday night? So all of them (Saturday home games) once they iron it out. The only thing that would stop it would be negotiating the fee.”

Comcast announced Thursday that Ben Davis has replaced Jamie Moyer as a color analyst in the TV booth. Schmidt and Davis will rejoin Tom McCarthy, Matt Stairs and Gregg Murphy on the TV team.

Continued Continued Success?

Who will wish the Phillies “continued success” when they win this season?

The Phillies made an addition to their broadcast team this year, bringing aboard Gregg Murphy as their field reporter. He will be handling postgame interviews, a role Gary Matthews held the past few seasons.

Unless you’ve been under a rock — or don’t get Phillies broadcasts (in that case, my sincere apologies) — Matthews ended every interview by wishing the player, “Continued success.” Matthews said he can’t pinpoint how, why or when he started wishing players continued success, but he soon realized it caught on. He got letters and e-mails and had random fans stopping him and wishing him “continued success.”

“I got to where I really started to enjoy it and look forward to it,” Matthews said of the postgame interviews. “But I’m for whatever makes the broadcast better. It’s cool. I’ll still do my pregame stuff on the radio and broadcast on TV.”

Matthews is aware of “Continued Success” t-shirts for sale.

“I don’t have one, but I’m going to get one,” he said. “And hopefully with Murph, ‘Continued success.’”

Murphy said he has answered hundreds of questions about how he plans to handle postgame interviews.

“I do plan on paying homage to him, but probably not until Opening Day,” Murphy sad. “Definitely a tip of the cap to him.”

Or a tip of the fedora, as fellow broadcaster Scott Franzke correctly pointed out.


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