Jamie Moyer Is out as Phillies Broadcaster

My caption for this screen grab on July 9: "Someone needs to give Jamie Moyer some coffee"
My caption for this screen grab on July 9: “Someone needs to give Jamie Moyer some coffee”

In news that broke at 4:30 p.m. on Black Friday – a news cycle black hole – CSN reported that their own employee won’t be returning next season. Here’s what Moyer and CSN had to say in a statement CSN released to itself:

Moyer:

“At the end of the Phillies’ season, I gave the situation a great deal of thought, with my family in mind. I enjoyed my year behind the mic tremendously, and the opportunity to work with Tom, Matt, Mike and Gregg is one I will cherish.”

“However, as we are now based on the West Coast, the geography presents unique challenges to the matter at hand. I thus reached a decision that, for the moment, it’s very difficult to balance a bicoastal professional life with family life at home.”

“I thank Comcast SportsNet, the Phillies and, of course, the fans for letting me share my insights into the team this past season and wish the team success in the coming years.”

CSN:

“[We thank Moyer] for sharing his baseball expertise with our fans this season. We wish him and his family nothing but the best.”

Few things here:

1) I never got the sense last season that Moyer was that into it. Being a baseball broadcaster is more of a lifestyle than a job. It’s hard to put a finger on, but I always felt like Moyer was filling in for someone rather than a true part of the “broadcast team.” You at least got the sense with Wheels and Sarge that they were in it for the long haul– traveling around with the team for 162 games per year. Moyer and Stairs just jetted in for specific series as part of their strange and sometimes awkward schedule. What’s more is that it felt like they didn’t watch the games they weren’t broadcasting. Say what you want about Wheels, but he didn’t miss a pitch, and he talked (ad nauseam) about watching opponents on MLB.tv. All that is to say: Moyer leaving isn’t a huge surprise. He never gave off the vibe that this was something he’d be doing in 20 years.

2) This is just conjecture, but I wouldn’t be shocked if Moyer wasn’t asked to return. He cites his family being on the West Coast as a reason why he’s not coming back (which is totally fair and commendable), but they’ve been out west all along. Surely he knew what he was signing up for when he took the job. Millionaires, especially baseball lifers, hop on and off planes like it’s nothing. Just check Moyer’s or his wife’s Twitter and you’ll see that’s the case. Being away from family is nothing new to Jamie. I doubt someone who’s been a part of a Major League team since 1986 just decides one day that they can’t live that lifestyle anymore. And Moyer’s grossed over $83 million during his career, so it’s not like he had to take the broadcasting job in the first place. He took it, presumably, because he wanted to remain a part of the game. I wouldn’t be shocked if he wound up taking a coaching gig sometime between now and the spring.

3) A self-published article at 4:30 p.m. on Black Friday about an employee leaving so he can spend more time with his family? That’s straight out of Olivia Pope’s playbook for giving someone a soft landing when you let them go.

Again, those last two points are just my opinion, because, to me, the timing and messaging is lot more convenient than, say, admitting that your network made a bad hire when it decided to strong-arm its way into controlling the broadcast. Neither Moyer nor Stairs were well-received, but at times Moyer could put you to sleep (if the Phillies hadn’t done so already). They both got better as the year went on, but their chemistry with T-Mac never approached what he had with Wheels or Sarge.

CSN’s advertorial also mentioned that Stairs, Mike Schmidt, Gregg Murphy and Tom McCarthy will all return for 2015. No word on who, if anyone, will replace Moyer.

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25 Responses

  1. Its been a turnstile of activity since the glory days. Lots of talent and competent people have vanished in the past 5 years but there are 2 constants since the death spiral . Monty and Amaro Jr..

  2. Now is the time to make the change. Bring a professional crew in here from another city. Dump Gregg Murphy. You don’t need kiss asses or boring commentators like Mike Schmidt.

    1. You hit the nail on the head . . . the two best broadcasters are on radio, while we are forced to watch/listen to McCarthy, who is one of the WORST ever . . . the Phils should at least give us an option by syncing the radio and TV broadcasts together, so we won’t have to listen to the crap on the tube, and hear the superior play by play!

  3. It makes way too much sense so it will never happen because Phillies management is absolutely clueless.

    Scott Franske and LA to the tv booth. NOW!

    Since the on-field product is unwatchable at least give the fans a first class broadcast. Why those 2 guys are wasting away on the radio is mind boggling .

  4. A trained chimp could do better than that bozo. TV silence would be an upgrade. Also, any chance Greg Murphy would be interested in an on air suicide? It would really spice things up if that no-talent, sycophantic ass clown would end his miserable existence on air.

    1. It’s also clearly Wrigley Field. Phillies played there on April 4th, 5th and 6th this year.

      On July 9th, they played in Milwaukee.

  5. “Being away from family is nothing new to Jamie. I doubt someone who’s been a part of a Major League team since 1986 just decides one day that they can’t live that lifestyle anymore.”

    Jamie pitched in 10 MLB games from 2011-2013. He didn’t pitch at all in 2011 and 2013. Maybe he realized that he didn’t enjoy being on the road anymore. And maybe after 30 years of it, he is tired of it. Maybe he realized he liked being with his family.

    Stop making up news. Are you going to spend a month trying to convince everybody that Jaime Moyer is a gang member also?

    1. Jamie Moyer is not associated with a gang. Jaime Moyér, his Mexican cousin, is a known member of the Sureños.

    2. Moyer would’ve given his left nut to pitch those years. I’m not making up news, I made it pretty clear it was just my opinion. I’m skeptical that Moyer all of a sudden decided he didn’t like the baseball life.

      1. If you are skeptical that Moyer all of a sudden decided that he didn’t like the baseball life, then why did you write, ” I never got the sense last season that Moyer was that into it. Being a baseball broadcaster is more of a lifestyle than a job.”?

        And ” You at least got the sense with Wheels and Sarge that they were in it for the long haul– traveling around with the team for 162 games per year.”

        As well as ” He never gave off the vibe that this was something he’d be doing in 20 years.”

        The entire first section of your article was about how Jamie didn’t seem committed to the baseball life anymore.

        The second section starts off with your conjecture that Jamie Moyer was let go by the Phillies.

        But then you follow that up by stating Moyer doesn’t really need the money. And that he will take a job as a coach somewhere if offered. Maybe it is just possible that Jamie decided he didn’t like being a broadcaster. Or maybe he realized the baseball life was no longer for him. People do change, you know. People can mature. It’s like Jules in Pulp Fiction.

  6. i’m getting tired of answering these fucking surveys. i know of no other blogs that do this shit. the content is not even worth it so when I see the survey I usually just close the window.

    1. Agreed. The best is when you “earn” 7 days of non survey messages only to see one pop up again shortly after. You are right though. It’s literally the only site I go to that requires a survey for site entry.

      The one I had today was, “would you be disappointed if you knew there was no egg in mayo” really???

    2. There are ways around them within plug-ins to your browser (i.e. AdBlock), assuming you use Chrome. There is also the solution of just pounding the keyboard and hitting enter, or clicking an answer. Does anyone actually take the time to read the questions?

  7. Stop wasting your blog on the Phillies. They will be losers for the next 10 years. Back to the most important question, who will QB the Eagles in 2015??? Won’t win a Super Bowl with Sanchez’s arm or with Foles jitters in the pocket. Bring in Marriota at all cost!!!

  8. Waiting for Chip to say nothing to Cataldi….the only time I will listen to this dumpster fire of a station….and Shirley called before the break.

    God, she is fucking annoying. I mean, Levi from Overbrook annoying.

  9. Although Moyer was a well of knowledge and knows his stuff….. He almost put me to sleep when he announced many times. They could make a lullaby to put cranky babies to bed with recordings of his broadcasts. BTW, I think the guy is great, just not great at broadcasting.

  10. God, I hated Wheels, but he was exponentially more knowledgable and surprisingly more entertaining than the 2 who replaced him.

  11. Moyer was brutal. If you listen to any other MLB telecast, it is clear the Phillies are in the bottom 10%. Only the cardinals spring to mind as being worse.

    And I so wish 97.5 had a decent show to listen to so I wasn’t subjected to Shirley 4 times a week. The minute I hear her name I change the station.

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