Recapping the headlines focusing on Phillies Hall-of-Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas and the broadcast team.
A report by Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News yesterday reported a tentative plan by the Phillies to pair Harry Kalas and Chris Wheeler in the first three and last three innings on television, with Wheeler and Scott Graham working the middle three. Larry Andersen will move to radio exclusively.
The speculation is the Phillies are trying to turn Kalas away at the end of the year when his contract expires by making him work with Wheeler for six innings. The dicey relationship between the two became public two seasons ago.
When asked whether the new broadcast pairing would impact his decision to return, he replied: "It might. I'm certainly going to miss working with L.A." Kalas turns 70 in a month.
Today, a report in the Courier Post indicates the Phillies are not trying to forcing Kalas out the door.
"Harry Kalas is a very, very valuable member of our ballclub as a play-by-play announcer and visible spokesperson," Scott Palmer, the Phillies' director of media and public affairs told the paper. "To have any notion that we're trying to force him out, well, we'd have to have our heads examined. We hope to have Harry here a long, long time.
"In no way are we trying to show Harry the door," Palmer added.
Palmer however did not deny that the organization has discussed possible changes to its broadcast teams.