In a surprise move, Gary Matthews and Chris Wheeler are out as color commentators for the Phillies. Rob Maaddi of the AP first broke the story, and the team acknowledged the move.
Tom McCarthy will reportedly continue in his role as play-by-play man.
Both men will remain with the organization in other roles, per a team statement:
"As the longest-tenured member of the Phillies broadcasting team, Chris Wheeler will 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 commentator to new roles at the Phillies."
Neither Scott Franzke nor Larry Andersen will take their place, instead remaining in the radio booth.
Potential replacements, according to the AP, could be former closer Brad Lidge, former catcher Chris Coste, or former closer and current postgame analyst Ricky Bottalico.
5 more spring training invites
The Phillies on Wednesday invited five more players to spring training: lefties Jesse Biddles and Mario Hollands, right-handed fireballer Ken Giles, catcher Sebastian Valle and third baseman Maikel Franco.
Phillies finalize staffs
The Phils also finalized their minor-league staffs. The two most notable changes are the addition of Rob Ducey to the Double-A staff and Mickey Morandini's shift from Lakewood manager to Lehigh Valley coach.