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Mike Schmidt will broadcast 13 Phillies games

Mike Schmidt, the Phillies' Hall of Fame third baseman, will broadcast 13 games for Comcast SportsNet this season, a source said Wednesday.

Mike Schmidt will broadcast 13 Phillies games

Mike Schmidt will work the TV booth on Phillies Sunday home games.
Mike Schmidt will work the TV booth on Phillies Sunday home games. YONG KIM / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Mike Schmidt, the Hall of Fame third baseman, will broadcast 13 Phillies games for Comcast SportsNet this season, as the network continues to overhaul its announcing talent.

Schmidt, 64, will work every home Sunday game. He will team with Tom McCarthy and one of Jamie Moyer or Matt Stairs in a three-man booth. Comcast fired Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews last January when it agreed to a billion-dollar TV rights deal with the Phillies.

"Michael Jack Schmidt is one of the iconic names in Philadelphia Phillies history," Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia president Brian Monihan said in a statement. "He brings invaluable insight into the booth, having played his entire career here in Philly, working as a guest instructor in Phillies spring training, and as a first ballot Hall of Fame inductee."

Moyer will broadcast 109 games, including spring training. Stairs will work 108. They debuted Wednesday in the Phillies' Grapefruit League opener.

Until this spring, Schmidt attended camp for 12 years as a guest instructor. Health issues prohibited him from reprising that role in 2014.

Schmidt has experience in the broadcast booth. He worked beside Harry Kalas during the 1990 season for PRISM, and did some occasional analyst work in recent years for Comcast. There will be eight Phillies broadcasters total for TV and radio in 2014.

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