FOR THE second straight winter, Comcast SportsNet will conduct a search for a color commentator for Phillies broadcasts.
Jamie Moyer informed the network he would not return for the 2015 season.
Moyer and Matt Stairs, members of the 2008 world champion Phillies, joined the broadcast last winter, signing 2-year contracts; Moyer and Stairs replaced Chris Wheeler and Gary "Sarge" Mathews. Moyer, 52, a Souderton native and Saint Joseph's University product who makes a home on the West Coast, cited wanting to spend more time with his family.
"The geography presents unique challenges to the matter at hand . . . it's very difficult to balance a bicoastal professional life with family life at home," Moyer told CSN.
Moyer and Stairs split the 2014 season in the booth with play-by-play man Tom McCarthy. CSN thanked Moyer in a statement yesterday:
"Everyone at Comcast SportsNet and the Phillies thank Jamie for sharing his baseball expertise with our fans this season. We wish him and his family nothing but this best."
McCarthy, Stairs, roving reporter Gregg Murphy and home Sunday color commentator Mike Schmidt will return in 2015.
Last winter, during a monthlong search to replace Wheeler and Mathews, former Phillies Mitch Williams, Kevin Stocker and Mickey Morandini were all considered for the job. Brad Lidge was a top choice among Comcast people, but he informed the network early in the process the timing wasn't right for the job, having recently retired while raising a young family in suburban Denver and working toward a master's degree.