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Moyer, Stairs in Comcast Booth in 2014

Moyer, Dobbs Become Free Agents; Unlikely to ReturnComcast SportsNet will announce Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs have joined its Phillies broadcast team as early as tomorrow.

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.

It is unclear how the Moyer-Stairs combination will work alongside play-by-play announcer Tom McCarthy. 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 both be in the booth at the same time with McCarthy.

Comcast also had Mitch Williams, Mickey Morandini and Kevin Stocker among its finalists.

Comcast broadcasts its first Grapefruit League game from Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla., on Feb. 26.

Moyer and Stairs to the Broadcast Booth?

Moyer Hits 262 and 500Comcast SportsNet could be adding two members of the Phillies’ 2008 World Series championship team to its broadcasts.

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.

Bummed About Byrd? He Hears It

byrdThe Phillies traded Marlon Byrd to the Nationals in 2005, but he made Philadelphia his home from 2007-10.

He knows Phillies fans well.

He has heard how fans are underwhelmed at the Phillies’ offseason acquisitions, which not only includes himself, but right-handers Roberto Hernandez and Brad Lincoln, catcher Wil Nieves and outfielder Bobby Abreu.

Byrd takes no offense.

“If I was a fan I think I’d rather have Robinson Cano. I think I’d rather have (Masahiro) Tanaka,” Byrd said with a smile this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. “I want those guys. Ruben (Amaro Jr.) went with the guys he thought would help this team. And until we get on the field and actually get to show it, the fan base will kind of be looking at this team like, ‘Hey, two years of trying to get back to the promised land, we need 10 Robinson Canos in this lineup and a whole staff of Tanakas. I think they’ll be happy once we get on the field and we start producing.”

Byrd hit a combined .291 with 24 home runs and 88 RBIs last season with the Mets and Pirates. Fans normally might be enthused at the thought of somebody like that hitting behind Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. But following a 50-game suspension for using a performance enhancing substance in 2012, many people wonder if Byrd can replicate those numbers at 36.

Those skeptics wonder how real those numbers are.

Once again, Byrd takes no offense.

“Everything last year until I retire will be looked at that way because I did test positive,” he said. “The guys that don’t like talking about it are the ones that were trying to cheat or trying to beat the system. I wasn’t. I was stupid. I took something. I didn’t do my due diligence. It’s as simple as that, so it’s easy for me to talk about it because I have nothing to hide.”

Byrd said he is excited to rejoin the organization, which drafted him in the 10th round of the 1999 First-Year Player Draft. He has remained close to Howard and Jimmy Rollins, both of whom served as groomsmen at his wedding.

“I was so excited when they were making their run, going through the playoffs,” Byrd said. “I was coming to games. I was waving my towel like a fan and everything. I absolutely loved it.”

Byrd shared a story about how he texted Rollins during the 2008 World Series to tell him how Rays pitcher Matt Garza tipped his pitches. Coincidentally or not, Rollins went 2 for 3 with a run scored against Garza in Game 3 at Citizens Bank Park, which the Phillies won, 5-4.

“I felt like a scout,” Byrd said.

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Jamie Moyer interviewed for the Phillies’ broadcasting job this week.

Moyer to Rehab in Clearwater

Jamie Moyer is giving baseball one more shot.

He is going to be continuing his rehab from Tommy John surgery at the Phillies’ Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. The Phillies have not signed Moyer to a contract, so he remains a free agent, but he asked the Phillies if he could use their facilities.

“We’re providing him our space in Clearwater and our expertise,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said.

Moyer, 48, went 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA in 19 starts in 2010 before he injured his left elbow in July. He tried to rehab the injury without surgery, but it did not go as planned. He had Tommy John ligament replacement surgery in December.

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Rauuuuuul and Roy

A few things from last night’s game and this week’s sweep over Washington:

  • Raul Ibanez entered the series in a 0-for-34 slump. He extended that slump to 35 at-bats following an at-bat in the second inning Tuesday. But Ibanez finished the series 8-for-11 with three doubles, two home runs and five RBIs, raising his batting average from .152 to .214. Nobody knows where Ibanez goes from here, but it’s a good start.
  • Roy Halladay is an insane 18-1 with a 1.56 ERA in 19 starts against the National League East since the beginning of last season. Tim Hudson is the only other pitcher to have 10 or more victories against the NL East since last year. He is 10-5. Halladay’s 18 wins are so insane he is tied for second in the NL East in wins from 2008-11. Josh Johnson has 19 wins against the NL East in that span. (Halladay is tied with Hudson, Jair Jurrjens and Jamie Moyer.) Not that you need reminding, but Halladay made only two starts against the NL East from 2008-09 while he pitched for the Blue Jays.
  • Halladay vs. John Lannan was a huge mismatch, and Elias Sports Bureau tells us just how bad it was. Halladay had won his last nine decisions against the Nationals/Expos and Lannan had an 0-9 record against the Phillies. Last night was the first time starting pitchers — one on a winning streak of nine or more games against the opposing team and the other on a losing streak of nine or more games against his opponent — faced each other since Sept. 29, 1929, when the Red Sox and Philadelphia Athletics played at Braves Field in Boston. A’s starter Lefty Grove had won 13-straight decisions against the Red Sox and Boston starter Red Ruffing had lost 12-straight decisions against the Athletics. Ruffing and the Red Sox beat Grove and the A’s, 10-0, snapping both streaks.

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Got Harry?

Need a little Harry Kalas in your life?

“Harry Kalas: Voice of the Phillies,” a 21-track album first released on CD, is now available on iTunes and Amazon. The CD includes some of Kalas’ best calls, plus interviews with Kalas himself.

Pat Hughes, the voice of the Chicago Cubs on WGN Radio since 1996, narrates the 70-minute album.

“Harry Kalas was blessed with one of the most distinctive and unforgettable voices in broadcasting history,” Hughes said in a news release. “It’s understandable why fans still miss Harry so much. These recordings are the perfect way to remember and reconnect with such a beloved icon.”

The album also is available at Citizens Bank Park and www.baseballvoices.com. It will soon be available at additional retail outlets in the Philadelphia area.

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The Moyer Foundation will host “An Evening at the Ballpark” on May 17 at 6 p.m. in the Diamond Club of Citizens Bank Park. Jamie Moyer and Philadelphia celebrities will dinner to attendees, who will have the opportunity to bid on silent and live auction iteams.

The event has raised more than $1 million over the past four years.

All proceeds from the event will benefit The Moyer Foundation’s Camp Erin program, the largest national bereavement camp in the country for grieving children and teens.  Sponsorship opportunities, as well as tickets, are available.  For more information and to purchase tickets or become a sponsor, contact Katie Hamilton at 206.298.1217 or katie@moyerfoundation.org.

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Moyer Had Tommy John Surgery Today


Thumbnail image for moyer 0818.jpgJamie Moyer
had Tommy John ligament replacement surgery today in New York.

Orthopedist David Altchek performed the surgery.

Moyer, who turned 48 this month, went 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA in 19 starts this season before injuring his elbow during a July 20 start in St. Louis. Moyer, who is a free agent, rehabbed the elbow with his eye on competing for a job somewhere in Spring Training. But those plans derailed this month when he injured his elbow again during his third Winter Ball start.

Moyer’s public relations firm said Moyer is “keeping the door open for a return to the mound.”

“Thanks to the advances in surgery many pitchers have made successful returns to the mound after undergoing surgery similar to mine,” Moyer said in a statement. “I look forward to the challenge of making a comeback for the 2012 season. I love this game and I still believe I can be a successful pitcher in the big leagues. Prior to the injury I was feeling great and throwing well. I want to thank everyone for the kind words and good wishes.”

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Looking for a holiday gift(s)? The 4th annual Philadelphia Sports Book Signing Extravaganza is Friday from 7-10pm at Barnes & Noble, The Court @ Oxford Valley Mall, 210 Commerce Blvd., Fairless Hills, Pa. Ray Didinger, Anthony Gargano, Glen Macnow, Jayson Stark, Randy Miller, Greg Cosell, Reuben Frank, Mark Eckel and myself will be on hand to sign copies of our books and talk sports.

I’m also signing books from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Majestic Clubhouse Store at Citizens Bank Park. So if you can’t get to Barnes & Noble on Friday night, try the ballpark on Saturday. Thanks!

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Moyer to Have Surgery

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Jamie Moyer wants one more shot.

He announced on The Moyer Foundation’s Facebook page yesterday he plans to have surgery on his left elbow, which he injured in July with the Phillies and injured again this month pitching in Winter Ball. It is believed he is having Tommy John surgery tomorrow, which would give him the opportunity to try pitching again in 2012.

“We are cautiously optimistic superman will make a comeback!” he and his wife wrote on the page.

Moyer turned 48 on Nov. 18, so he would be heading into 2012 Spring Training at 49.

It would be an interesting story to watch.

Moyer, who is a free agent, went 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA in 19 starts this season before he injured his elbow during a July 20 start in St. Louis. Moyer rehabbed the elbow with his eye on competing for a job somewhere this upcoming spring. But his plans derailed when he injured his elbow again during his first Winter Ball start.

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Phillies to Offer Werth Arbitration, Not Durbin

durbin pumped.jpgA source said today the Phillies will offer salary arbitration to Jayson Werth, who is a Type A free agent, but not to Chad Durbin, who is a Type B free agent.

The decision on Werth hardly comes as a surprise. If he signs with another team as expected – the Phillies have had talks with Scott Boras, but he is expected to find a bigger deal elsewhere – the Phillies will receive two picks: a team’s top available pick (either a first or second-round selection based on their 2010 record) and a sandwich pick between the first and second rounds.

If the Phillies had offered Durbin arbitration and he signed elsewhere, the Phillies would have received a sandwich pick.

It makes complete sense to offer Werth arbitration because there is no downside. If Werth declines arbitration and signs elsewhere they get the picks. If Werth accepts arbitration, which is highly unlikely, they automatically get Werth to return next season on a one-year contract. (The Phillies absolutely would love that to happen.)

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Moyer, Dobbs Become Free Agents; Unlikely to Return

moyer 0507 2010.jpgIt looks like the end for Jamie Moyer and Greg Dobbs in Phillies uniforms.

The Phillies said today that Moyer and Dobbs, who was eligible for salary arbitration, have become unrestricted free agents. Both players could return in 2011, although it is highly unlikely. The Phillies placed both players on waivers earlier this week to expedite the process for them to become free agents, which is a pretty good sign they don’t plan to bring them back. Once they cleared waivers, each player filed for free agency.

The waiver process also allowed the Phillies to clear two spots on the 40-man roster.

Moyer, who turns 48 next month, finished the season on the disabled list with an injured elbow. He is going to pitch Winter Ball in the Dominican Republic to see if he can pitch and possibly get a contract before Spring Training.

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