Wednesday, February 22, 2006


It is amazing how many feathers $13.5 million a year will unruffle.

That’s all I have to say about the Phillies-Bobby Abreu charade.

Meanwhile, the Phillies have announced a tentative schedule for their broadcast team for the coming season and everyone in the blogosphere is up in arms.  HOF broadcaster Harry Kalas doesn’t get to work with his favorite partner nor, apparently, does he receive much commitment from the Phillies going forward.  And to think, the Phillies have just elevated Scott Palmer from his consultant status to PR point man.  Relations with the public are off to a great start, Scott.

It’s hard to imagine what is worse, the apparent lack of sensitivity to local icon Harry Kalas, the banishment of Larry Andersen from the TV booth to fulltime radio duty, or the attendant expansion of Chris Wheeler’s duties to six innings of incessant middle-in TV babble.

Email addresses for Mssrs. Palmer and Larry Shenk, head of PR, are available at numerous sites including Brian People’s excellent Philling Station.


Anonymous said...


Thanks for the kind words here and elsewhere. Looks like the phils have backed off a little, but I fear that Wheels has more pull within the organization than any of us want to imagine. Nine innings of Wheels is difficult to fathom and would probably turn me into a radio listener/tv watcher.

On Abreu, I agree - I don't understand Salisbury, Stark, and Miller are so interested in revving up controversy over nothing. Bobby's taking the high road here, let it be.


Oisín/Wizlah said...

Lazy bloody journalism, that's what it is. I'm struck by a lisa and homer exchange:

Homer: Just what are you insinuating?

Lisa: You may insinuate. I imply.

I get angry when all the reporters supposed access results in poor, tawdry storis about next to nothing.