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Report: Comcast Adds Schmidt to Broadcast Team

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, February 26, 2014 12:02 AM | Comments: 6
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Schmidt will broadcast all 13 Phillies’ Sunday home games.

According to Ryan Lawrence, Comcast has added Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt to its broadcast team for all 13 Sunday Phillies’ home games. Lawrence notes that Schmidt has broadcasting experience, including a 1990 run broadcasting games for PRISM. Schmidt joins a team that now includes Tom McCarthy, Matt Stairs, and Jamie Moyer.

Schmidt was reportedly facing major health concerns and did not report to Spring Training as an instructor, a role he has held in some capacity since 2002. It appears to be a positive sign that Schmidt is well enough to join the broadcast team.

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Ian's athletic achievements include getting stuffed by NBA center Aaron Gray in high school and hitting .179 over four years for NYU against D-III, NAIA, JuCo, and NCBA schools. Ian hopes his athletic successes will help him achieve his dream of becoming the underground Bob Uecker.

 
 
  • Posts: 1 rseidman9

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    I was Schmidt’s producer his lone season in the booth. It was 1990, and he partnered with my boss at the time, Jim Barniak. I really enjoyed Mike’s insights that year, but the overwhelming public vibe was that he was talking down to the people. Really never understood that – grow a pair, people!

     
    • Posts: 454 Ian Riccaboni

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      I find that folks who are extremely talented often times have a difficult time describing what they do without sounding one unfavorable way or another. I am looking forward to seeing what Schmidt can bring to the broadcasts – someone who has been around the game this long with the career he had should add a lot of flavor to the broadcasts.

       
      • Posts: 0 wbramh

        Interesting observations, Randy and Ian.

        I think a lot of people who reach the pinnacle in their professions have difficulty imparting their ample knowledge to others. It’s probably why so many near-do-wells in the arts and sports (and other professions) become the best instructors. Those whose talent comes naturally never had to struggle through growth stages; they just had IT and never had to learn IT – or they could easily duplicate the epiphany of a teacher’s example on the first try. Hence,many greats in their professions likely have no clue whether they’re being condescending, dismissive or helpful when they try to pass on their wisdom to a green apprentice or engrossed audience.

        I don’t know whether it ever became public knowledge but in the mid ’80s, and at the behest of Phillies’ management, Rich Ashburn briefly worked with speedster outfielder Jeff Stone in an attempt to straighten out his considerably flawed running mechanics. Stone, as you may recall, could outrun anything but himself, regularly tripping over his own feet on his otherwise obstacle-free expressway to success. Whitey told me about the private workouts after I, by sheer chance, asked him what he thought of the struggling young Stone’s future in the sport. I followed up with the obvious question, inquiring into how Stone’s tutoring was progressing. Whitey replied, “Let’s just say he’s no Richie Ashburn.”

        Eventually, Jeff Stone became the Orioles’ hapless and hopeless project after being traded for Mike Young and the perennial “player to be named later.”
        No, not that Mike Young.

        I don’t believe Whitey easily suffered the ignorance and limitations of lesser baseball talent – and nearly everybody was lesser talent when compared to the late great D.R. Ashburn of Tilden, Nebraska. Fortunately, Whitey’s natural wit and innate drive to excel ended up working magic for him in the broadcast booth. He was briefly out of his league of expertise but predictably proved to be a quick learner. The more reserved M.J. Schmidt of Dayton, OH may find the transition a tougher task than it was for Ashburn. We all wish Mike well because he too has a wealth of knowledge to contribute. Hopefully, that treasure is not buried too deep.

         
      • Posts: 0 Chuck A.

        Well, my sort of “personal” observations of Mike Schmidt are from spring training a few years back. It’s a Sunday game and players and ex-players alike are coming down the 3rd base line pre-game signing autographs. Mike Schmidt acted like a man that just did not want to be there AT ALL. And acting as though he more important than he really is…or was at the time. He’s kind of surly, snapping at the fans, brushing people off…however you want to describe it. People are looking at each other in amazement as if to say, “What’s up with THIS guy??!!” And that’s not the only time I observed the man at S. T. in that sort of light. It’s not like he was just having a bad Sunday.

        So, I’ve never been a real Mike Schmidt “the person” fan. (As a player, he was phenomenal.) So I have to say that I’m not real excited to hear this news about Sunday broadcasts. Hopefully, he will prove me wrong.

         
  • Posts: 0 thomas calandra

    That is great news. Let’s hope that he will be heather. One of the all time best.

     
  • Posts: 0 Robotnik

    Too many ex-players on the Phillies’ broadcast team. Matt Stairs…really?

    Time to bring back Scott Graham “Slam Ice Cream” to the Phillies broadcast team. With Wheels gone, the broadcast team needs someone equally annoying.

     
 
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