The former big-league veterans both played for the Phillies in 2008 when the club won the World Series. Per Zolecki's report, the pair will replace former broadcasters Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews, who are leaving after the Phillies negotiated a new, 25-year TV deal with Comcast this offseason. Moyer and Stairs could join the broadcast team as early as tomorrow, with the two simply needing to finalize their contracts before it becomes official.
Moyer, who has done some broadcasting work with ESPN, interviewed for the position three weeks ago, while Stairs, who has some experience with NESN, interviewed two weeks ago. Comcast had initially intended to hire only one broadcaster, but came away impressed with both candidates during their auditions.
According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Moyer and Stairs will each do 100 games in 2014, 30 of which will be together in a three-man team with play-by-play man Tom McCarthy.
The 51-year-old Moyer pitched in 25 major league seasons for eight different teams. He spent five seasons in Philadelphia and appeared in three games during their World Series run in 2008. He retired after going 2-5 with a 5.70 ERA for the Rockies in 2012 and finished his career with 269 wins and a 4.25 ERA.
Stairs last played in the majors in 2011 for the Nationals and was a member of the Phillies for two seasons in 2008 and 2009. The left-handed slugger played for 13 different teams during his 19-year career, finishing with 265 home runs and a .262/.356/.477 career line.
Now the two will reunite in the booth and should begin broadcasting games in late-February when the Phillies begin their spring training slate. Comcast's first televised game will be on Feb. 26 when the Phillies will play the Blue Jays in Grapefruit League action.