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07:26 AM ET 01.09 | Thanks to the absence of Chris Wheeler and Co., Philly's games will be a new ballgame. Wheeler, after 37 years, was removed from the Phillies broadcast booth Wednesday by Comcast SportsNet. So, too, was former player Gary Matthews after seven years of service. The decisions, multiple sources said, were made by Comcast SportsNet as a result of their 25-year contract agreement last week with the Phillies for the team's TV rights. Comcast gained some editorial control over the broadcasts under the terms of the new deal. The network will oversee the search for Wheeler's replacement, who will be hired as a Comcast SportsNet employee, said Dave Buck, Phillies senior vice president for marketing and advertising sales. The team's TV broadcasters were previously Phillies employees.

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January 9, 2014  07:53 AM ET

The Sarge is still a legend at Wrigley, he should poke around for a job there.

January 9, 2014  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The Sarge is still a legend at Wrigley, he should poke around for a job there.

It's not that the Phillies don't like Sarge, he's a terrible announcer/analyst. I've met Sarge down in Clearwater and he's a great guy. Very personable and funny, but his personality doesn't transfer over in the broadcasts.

I know Wheels is a Phillies lifer, but I never cared for him as an announcer/analyst. He always came across as a third wheel back when Harry & Richie had the call and he was terrible as McCarthy's #2.

I'm glad the Phils/Comcast brass aren't screwing with the radio team. I really enjoy Franzke & L.A. on the radio. I think they would make a great TV team, but they have great timing together and do a great job. Splitting them up to fill McCarthy's #2 seat would be a mistake. I'll never forget the raw emotion you could feel from them the day Harry died in Washington. They did a great job under the worst possible circumstances.

January 9, 2014  10:00 AM ET

Kick out concast and get DIRECT.

January 9, 2014  11:00 AM ET

Struggling on the field and in the booth. Sad.

 
January 9, 2014  02:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Struggling on the field and in the booth. Sad.

Do you know who is VERY close to the Phillies for second most losses all-time?

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