Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Michael Jack to get longer look on Phillies broadcasts

Comcast SportsNet’s President and GM Brian Monihan announced on Wednesday that Philadelphia Phillies’ Hall of Fame third baseman Michael Jack Schmidt will double-up on his duties for the 2015 season.

Schmidt originally helped out during Sunday games in 2014, only giving him 13 broadcasts.

The word came down from upon high that the most famous Jupiter, Florida resident would be in the booth for both Saturday and Sunday games, increasing his work load to 26 for the entire season.

“I’m very excited to have added Saturday’s to my Phillies broadcast schedule this year,” Schmidt said in a press release. “Working with my new broadcast partner Ben Davis, and again with Matt, Murph, and Tom will be a blast. I can’t wait to bring my six week spring training experiences with all the players to life in the booth.”

Schmidt’s first set of Saturday and Sunday broadcasts will take place on April 12-13 when the Phillies take on the Washington Nationals.

The club's all-time home runs leader retired from baseball in May of 1989, and the following season made his first foray into broadcasting on PRISM, featuring play-by-play man Jim Barniak alongside Schmidt's long-time Phils teammate Garry Maddox. 

Since then, he's popped in and out of the organization at various times, with stints as Spring Training instructor and less than a year at the helm of the Single-A Clearwater Threshers.
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