Friday, November 30, 2007

Phlashback Phriday - Andy Musser

Andy Musser was born in 1937 in Harrisburg, PA. As a teenager, he was batboy to the original Harrisburg Senators baseball team. After college in Syracuse, he worked in television with WHP in Harrisburg, radio in San Diego, and even did some Sixers and Eagles game. He then landed on the Phillies television broadcasts, where he stayed for 25 years, from 1976-2001. He also did some radio broadcasts for Villanova. I'll let that one slide though. For me, Musser was overshadowed by the dynamic duo of Harry and Whitey, but he was still very good...especially when you compare him to that hack Wheeler. I also give him props for his love of beer.

I bring up Musser today because the Phils announced earlier this week that Tom McCarthy will be returning from his New York hiatus to rejoin the Phils broadcast team. From the Phillies.com articles:

Tom McCarthy, who spent the last two seasons as a play-by-play announcer for the New York Mets on WFAN, is returning to his roots as a member of the Phillies broadcasting team, Rob Brooks, Manager, Broadcasting announced today.

"Tom is an exceptional announcer and a great person. We are thrilled that we can bring him back to work on our telecasts," said Brooks. "He will do play-by-play for three innings when Hall of Famer Harry Kalas is not on television. Harry will continue to provide play-by-play for six innings on TV while also doing the fourth inning on radio as he's done in years past."

"With Harry, Scott Franzke and Tom, we have some of the best play-by-play talent in baseball. We also have three solid color commentators in Larry Andersen, Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews."
Although the entire TV/radio schedule is not set, it looks from this quote that Chris Wheeler will not be doing TV play-by-play. Woo-hooooooo!!!! Now if we can just get L.A. some innings on TV...

Corey

12 comments:

Jacobin said...

While attempting to do some Christmas shopping (and failing), I saw a sign at the VF Outlets in Wyomissing (this is the Reading, PA area) that announces Jimmy Rollings will be there this Saturday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. signing autographs. Just thought I'd let everyone know in case they want to wait in line in to get the reigning NL MVP's signature on something!

BloodStripes said...

Jimmy is king and Jimmy is a Phillie! Bloody awesome.

I dig LA and his humor. Get him on the teev.

GM-Carson said...

I really miss Larry Andersen on tv. I like to tune in the game on the radio just so hear his sarcastic tone. Wheeler is a knob-job, but putting him back in solely the color commentary chair makes him more bareable.

Thanks Jacobin- but I was lucky enough to land a Rollins, Wolf, Lieberthal, and Glanville autograph some seasons ago.

GM-Carson said...

From ESPN Trade Rumors- The Phillies have placed former Phillies Randy Wolf and Kyle Lohse atop a list of a half-dozen free-agent starting pitchers they're pursuing, according to agents and clubs that have spoken with them. The Phillies are believed to have made offers to Wolf and Japanese free agent Hiroki Kuroda. And they've made contact with the agents for Lohse, Carlos Silva, Kris Benson and Bartolo Colon.

Despite a report Thursday that the team has talked to the Orioles about third baseman Melvin Mora, one baseball man who spoke with Phillies GM Pat Gillick said he was told the team had "no interest at all" in Mora.

Also notes the Phils as being interested in Geoff Jenkins.

GM-Carson said...

A somewhat encoraging quote from Gillick- Asked whether the Phillies' projected $105 payroll might be increased, Gillick said the team's issue isn't money.

"We're pretty flexible," Gillick said. "Our case isn't money. Our problem is [free-agent] talent. If we indicate that there's talent there, we'll spend the money, but this talent pool isn't the greatest. It's tough to get in bed with somebody for four years when you know it's not the right thing to do. It's easy to spend the money now, and a year from now, you wish you hadn't spent it. This is not a good free-agent group."

goDuke said...

My wife was telling me that about JRoll and the autographs too... we live like 10 minutes from VF. Too bad my son has a bball game. Oh well... Go Phils!

Bob D said...

Yes there are reports that the Phils made an offer to Wolf (haven't heard on Kudaro). The team may also bring back Lohse, as he may even be the best SP still left available thru free agency.

Mora doesn't sound like a good choice unless it is for Eaton.

furiousBall said...

I'd love to get LA back on TV

GM-Carson said...

I don't love Melvin Mora, but he's a vast improvement defensively over Helms/Dobbs, and it if we have Mora it would save Manuel from burning 3 players at one position every game like he did last season when he use Helms/Dobbs/Nunez at 3rd, because this season Nunez would be replaced with Bruntlett, and that really hinders the bench maneuverability late in the game.

GM-Carson said...

I just read the Phils plan to tender both Snelling and Julio Mateo, leading me to believe Gillick thinks they'll be on the 25-man roster. Mateo has pending legal matters, but depending on the outcome he could end up being a good relief pitcher for us.

Phils won't be offering Freddy Garcia arbitration at the risk of him accepting, which he probably would considering his banged up state. That means no draft pick compensation for him. However, the Phils will get some comp for Fence-Face.

SirAlden said...

Some really interesting stuff is going to happen today, with some Type A Free-Agents not being offered Arbitration.

Andruw Jones a Type B, which does not matter to the signing team, was not offered arbitration. I for one would love to pay him BIG BUCKS in a one year deal, with Jones's range in Center, and Victorino in Right, maybe even reversed. Pat Burrell could do what he is best at while playing the field.

He could go sit on the foul area in a chair with a Phillies Ball Girl squirming wiggle-wiggle in his lap!

GM-Carson said...

How dare you accuse Pat Burrell of being girl crazy?! He is a committed man- happily engaged!