Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews will not return to the Philadelphia Phillies television booth this season as Comcast SportsNet and the team have decided to go in another direction. One name already being linked to the openings is Rays’ reporter, Todd Kalas.
One industry source told us that Kalas is definitely being considered for the openings, although it was unclear at this point if he will interview with the team and the network.
Kalas would not comment on the developing situation. However, he did make it clear that he is happy working with Sun Sports and the Rays. “It would have to be an amazing situation for me to leave [Tampa Bay],” said Kalas.
The Phillies still have Tom McCarthy to serve as play-by-play voice. However, in addition to occasionally filling in for Dwayne Staats Kalas has also served as the color commentator during Rays broadcasts.
Kalas would be an obvious choice for the Phillies. He is the son of longtime Phillies play-by-play voice Harry Kalas and has previously worked as part of the Phillies television broadcast team. Also, in addition to his booth experience, Kalas’ current role as a pre-game and post-game host and in-game reporter, may make him better suited to become a commentator.
While losing Kalas would be a blow to the Rays’ broadcast, it would also be nice to see TK get a booth job and it doesn’t look like Staats is going anywhere anytime soon.