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Phillies To Launch Extended Tribute To Kalas At Friday's Game
Published April 16, 2009
|Phillies To Have Moment
Of Silence For Kalas
NEXT STEPS: In Philadelphia, Paul Hagen notes the Phillies "haven't announced how they'll revamp their broadcast rotation to cover for Kalas, who did the first three innings on television, the fourth on radio, took two innings off, and then finished the game back on TV." For now, Phillies announcer Tom McCarthy "will do all nine innings as the play-by-play man, with Chris Wheeler working the first three and last three innings as the color commentator and Gary Matthews the middle three." There is "no indication whether that's the permanent plan, although it wouldn't be surprising to see that setup for the remainder of the season" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 4/16). Also in Philadelphia, Frank Fitzpatrick writes the Phillies are a "franchise looking for a face," and they "haven't faced this kind of problem in at least 60 years." If the team stays in-house, McCarthy, who joined the team last season, "seems a logical choice" to replace Kalas. McCarthy is a "little too chatty for some but long on likability," though he "hasn't yet been exposed enough here for fans to have formed solid opinions or connections" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 4/16).
ENDLESS PRAISE: The DAILY NEWS' Hagen wrote Kalas was a "genuine, largely uncomplicated man who loved baseball and loved people." Hagen: "Sadly, they don't seem to make them that way very often anymore" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 4/15). SI.com's Peter King wrote Kalas was a "classy, personable guy who never thought the game or the story was about him." King: "I thought it was great that he took his last breath doing what he loved to do -- broadcast a baseball game" (SI.com, 4/14).