Phillies Announcers, Longtime Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster Chris Wheeler is out after nearly four decades in the booth and Gary Matthews isn’t returning as color analyst.
The team recently signed a new television contract with NBCUniversal and Comcast SportsNet that’s reportedly worth $2.5 billion over 25 years. The decision to replace Wheeler and Matthews came from the network, multiple sources told The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because it hadn’t commented on the matter.
Wheeler and Matthews will continue to work with the organization in other roles, the team said.
The 68-year-old Wheeler started with the Phillies in 1971 and was the longest-tenured member of the broadcast team. “Wheels” did play-by-play and color analysis on television and radio, and for years was teamed with Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas.