Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews are officially out as regular Phillies broadcasters starting with the 2014 baseball season.
Here's the statement released today by the Phillies organization:
"As the longest-tenured member of the Phillies broadcasting team, Chris Wheelerwill return to his club roots after stepping down from his role as a Phillies broadcaster. With 37 years of broadcasting experience, combined with his front office background where he began his Phillies career, ‘Wheels’ will take on a new role allowing the organization to continue to benefit from his knowledge, experience and dedication to the game. Additionally, Gary Matthews will continue to work with the Phillies bringing his exceptional background as a major league ballplayer, broadcaster and commenter to new roles at the Phillies.”This is a big shift for the Phillies.
Chris Wheeler (Wheels) joined the Phillies as assistant director of publicity and public relations in 1971. He began broadcasting games in 1977. He was appointed director of the Phillies’ community relations department in 1982.
Matthews spent 15 years as an outfield with five teams including the Phillies. Known as "Sarge," Matthews joined the team’s television broadcast crew in 2007.
No word on who will replace Wheels and Sarge on the broadcasts.