FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
2008 Phillies World Series Champions Matt Stairs and Jamie Moyer Make Major League Broadcasting Debut on Comcast SportsNet on March 31
Opening Day Coverage on Comcast SportsNet Begins at Noon
PHILADELPHIA- (March 19, 2014) – Comcast SportsNet debuts the new broadcasting team of Jamie Moyer, Matt Stairs, Tom McCarthy and Gregg Murphy on Monday, March 31 when the Phillies take on the Texas Rangers in the 2014 season opener. This will mark the first of 161 high definition broadcasts on Comcast SportsNet, The Comcast Network and NBC10.
Hall of Fame third baseman and Phillies legend Mike Schmidt also joins the Phillies broadcast team for the 2014 season. The three time National League MVP will be on the air for all thirteen Sunday home games for special Sundays with Schmidt broadcasts.
Schmidt, Moyer and Stairs will work as analysts for the 2014 season, working alongside play-by-play man Tom McCarthy and field reporter Gregg Murphy for games on Comcast SportsNet, The Comcast Network and NBC10.
In addition to Comcast SportsNet’s stellar broadcasting crew, two additional former Major League players Ricky Bottalico and Ben Davis provide expert analysis on Phillies pre and postgame shows, as well as the network’s news and talk programs throughout the season.
Bottalico returns for his sixth year as a Phillies analyst after playing 12 seasons in the major leagues, including seven with the Philadelphia Phillies and an all-star appearance in 1996. Returning to the lineup this year is Davis, a catcher and first round draft pick from Malvern Prep, who played seven seasons in the majors.
Throughout the 2014 season Comcast SportsNet will provide comprehensive Phillies coverage across multiple platforms, including the network’s online home, CSNPhilly.com, and social media sites Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Comcast SportsNet Opening Day Schedule for Monday, March 31
12 p.m. SportsRise
12:30 p.m. Phillies Focus
1 p.m. Phillies Pregame Live
2 p.m. Phillies at Rangers
5 p.m. Phillies Postgame Live
5:30 p.m. Philly Sports Talk
6 p.m. SportsNite
6:30 p.m. Phillies game replay on The Comcast Network
Comcast SportsNet Home Opener Schedule for Monday, April 7
2 p.m. Phillies Pregame Live
3 p.m. Phillies vs. Brewers on NBC10
5 p.m. Phillies Sports Talk
6 p.m. Phillies Postgame Live
6:30 p.m. SportsNite
7 p.m. Phillies Clubhouse*
*Phillies Clubhouse makes its 2014 debut on Monday, April 7 at 7 p.m., and features a special look back in conjunction with the team honoring 10 seasons of baseball at Citizens Bank Park. Exclusive video will reveal the top 10 moments from the first 10 years at the Phillies ballpark, all chosen by more than 43,000 fans through a phillies.com online vote held earlier this month.
2014 Broadcast Enhancements
All Comcast SportsNet and Comcast Network broadcasts will be in high definition and will feature a new graphics package, updated score bug technology and enhanced statistical data.
All The Bases Covered
Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN), Marshall Harris (@mharrisCSN) and Leslie Gudel (@LeslieGudel) team up for comprehensive Phillies coverage during the 2014 season. As CSNPhilly.com’s Phillies Insider, Salisbury will report on the team both at home and on the road, providing feature stories, and Phillies chats for the website. Gudel and Harris will provide coverage on-air and online, including exclusive interviews and feature stories on the players, coaches and personalities that make the Phillies tick.
Pre and Postgame Coverage
In addition to live game coverage, Comcast SportsNet delivers pre and postgame coverage and analysis. Before every game on Comcast SportsNet and The Comcast Network, viewers can catch the latest team developments, game previews and opposing team analysis on “Philly Sports Talk,” “SportsNite” and “Phillies Pregame Live.”
Following each match-up, Phillies fans get a game breakdown with stats and highlights, and a look ahead to the rest of the season on “Phillies Postgame Live.” Other features include manager Ryne Sandberg’s press conferences and reaction from the clubhouse. Phillies Postgame Live analysis will be provided by former Major League ball players Ricky Bottalico and Ben Davis.
Completing Comcast SportsNet’s Phillies lineup is the weekly 30-minute feature series Phillies Clubhouse. “Phillies Clubhouse” illustrates the deep bond between the Phillies and their fans with in-depth player interviews and behind-the-scenes stories about fans and the people who make the team run. We’ll look into the future of the game with regular minor league updates. The show will also feature in-depth breakdowns by analysts Ricky Bottalico and Ben Davis, giving viewers new insights into what happens on the field. “Phillies Clubhouse” debuts on Monday, April 7 at 7 p.m. with a look back at the top 10 moments in Citizens Bank Park. “Phillies Clubhouse” will air most Mondays at 7 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet.
CSNPhilly.com’s Phillies Insider Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) will provide exclusive player, coaches and management interviews, plus breaking news and in-depth features on CSNPhilly.com. He will also provide live reports for “Philly Sports Talk” and “SportsNite.” CSNPhilly.com columnist John Gonzalez (@GonzoCSN) will also contribute to the site throughout the season.
CSNPhilly.com’s popular Phillies-themed online show, “Phightin Words” returns with Bottalico and Davis discussing the Phillies and responding to trends, answering fan questions from Twitter and Facebook, and dissecting upcoming series and player performance. Fans can join the conversation by using the hashtag #PhilliesTalk.
Fans can also follow all games online with CSNPhilly.com’s “In-Game Live” feature, which allows fans to follow the game live with play-by-play, stats and Comcast SportsNet tweets.