Wheeler, Matthews Out as Phillies Commentators

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, January 08, 2014 01:45 PM | Comments: 82
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As a new TV contract takes hold for the Phillies, a new broadcast team will be unveiled this season. The Phillies announced that both Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews will be taken out of the broadcast booth, but will remain with the organization.

The Phillies sent out this release:

”As the longest-tenured member of the Phillies broadcasting team, Chris Wheeler will return to his club roots after stepping down from his role as a Phillies broadcaster.   With 37 years of broadcasting experience, combined with his front office background where he began his Phillies career, ‘Wheels’ will take on a new role allowing the organization to continue to benefit from his knowledge, experience and dedication to the game.  Additionally, Gary Matthews will continue to work with the Phillies bringing his exceptional background as a major league ballplayer, broadcaster and commentator to new roles at the Phillies.”

Wheeler had this to say:

“It’s been an honor and a privilege to be a part of the Phillies broadcast team for 37 years. I certainly respect the decision that was made and I look forward to my new role in the Phillies organization.”

From the outside looking in, Wheeler caught quite a bit of crap from the average fan (especially on twitter), but was one of the most game-ready broadcasters I’ve ever come across. He was smart, clearly knew the game, and was prepared.

Sarge was a pseudo-fan fave, although it was clear the multi-man booth, with interchangeable parts, was not part of the future.

There has been no indication of who will take over, but Todd Zolecki of MLB.com says they’ll look for just one person to fill the vacancy. Some names of the cuff: Ricky Bottalico, Doug Glanville, Ben Davis, Dan Plesac, Jeff Brantley. Who would you go with?


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  • Posts: 0 Mike

    Former Reading Phillies broadcaster: Chuck Kirlin

    He should of had Murphys job…….he was great with the crowd!

  • Posts: 0 Betasigmadeltashag

    All those who sh#t on Wheels should be forced to listen to 95% of the local announcers out there. I live in VT and last year for some reason there where many games on Extra Innings that did have the Philly feed. Atlanta Arizona Miami San Diego to name a few that are just horrible. And to be a good color guy you don’t have to be an ex player. Saying that I would not mind seeing Mitch or Glainville

  • Posts: 0 Bob in Bucks

    Sarge – Right guy in the wrong job
    Wheels – Knowlegable but sometimes could not stop himself from repeating.
    Glanville – I have heard his commentary and found it boring.
    Kruk – Can’t do better
    Williams – Maybe…
    LA – Same as Williams
    Ricky Bo – Possible but I fear he will be the same as the other reliever – they can’t go 9!
    Lidge – Are you kidding me? No personality.
    Plesac – Great but why leave MLB?

    Whoever it is, some will love him and some will hate.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr

    Sarge tended to be a bit on the Captain Obvious with most of his comments. Though as Bob eluded to possibly right guy in the wrong job scenario. Kruk would probably be a interesting candidate though.

  • Posts: 0 Bill k

    Only 1? You need two to make it opinionated
    Mitch Williams/john Kurk

    But if only one this never happen
    But you do see a major network guy who goes all sports do a one city job but misses few games to go do other job
    Bob coasta

  • Posts: 0 firescape

    Let’s start a write in campaign for Patches McGoggin

  • Posts: 0 Mike Mel

    My vote goes to anybody who does not tell you what every stinking pitch is and does not try to predict what pitch will be thrown next.

  • Posts: 0 Rags Faircloth

    Some speculation that Comcast may now put pressure on the organization to replace Amaro if things keep going like they have been the past two years. It makes sense, Comcast wants ratings and ratings are usually tied to the success of the product on the field.


  • Posts: 1 ed6774

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    Now I won’t have to listen to the radio with the TV muted.

  • Posts: 0 Michael Costello

    John Kruk

  • Posts: 512 Bruce

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    It’s sad to see Wheeler leave the booth. As someone here said earlier, he provided the “real information” compared to other Philly broadcasters. Also with his longetivy (37 years in the booth), he provided many stories and anecdotes that were enjoyable over the years.

    Remember this, the Phillies no longer have the final say on choosing replacements; Comcast, with the new 25 year contract will. What that means, we could have a similar lighthearted and lightweight employee like Tom McCarthy of Comcast’s choice. Or someone ‘hyper” and a pompous loudmouth like one you would find in one of those ESPN or FOX shows.


  • Posts: 0 SEEK

    I did not like to listen to Sarge on the tv broadcasts. Maybe he might make a good batting instructor/coach. He IS knowledgeable.

  • Posts: 0 Mr.Bob NJ

    I’d go with Doug Glanville. Smart, knows the game, good communicator. Takes a special person to do this job. Six months and 81 games on the road isn’t for everyone.

  • Posts: 0 tlach

    so happy that Wheeler is gone . Finally, a reason to watch next season.

  • Posts: 0 gibbs57

    More than likely, it’ll be Ricky Bo.

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