Big Ben to the Booth

The Phillies announced today Ben Davis will take the spot in the Harry Kalas Broadcast Booth recently vacated by Jamie Moyer. Davis will join Tom McCarthy, Matt Stairs and (for weekend home series) Mike Schmidt. Davis had been a pre and post-game analyst for the Phillies on Comcast Sportsnet and was the odds on pick to get the job soon after Moyer announced he was leaving.

“Growing up a Philadelphia Phillies fan, this is a dream come true,” Davis said. “I look forward to working with Mike, Matt, Tom and Gregg in the booth, and I thank Comcast SportsNet and the Phillies for this opportunity.”

Davis grew up a Phillies fan and attended Malvern Prep where he was a top prospect as a catcher. He was drafted #2 overall by the Padres that season. After a few years in the minors, he made his MLB debut in 1998. After splitting time between the majors and minors, he was traded to the Mariners in 2001. He eventually played for 5 more teams still moving up and down. In 2009, he even tried a comeback as a pitcher which ultimately ended with an injury.

Despite not living up to his expectations on the diamond, Davis does have one claim to fame. In 2001, then D-backs manager, Bob Brenly called “chicken” when he broke up a near perfect game by Curt Schilling with a bunt single.

Davis has been insightful in his current duties on Comcast. He’s shown that he’s not shy when it comes to criticizing the players when need be. The question is whether he’ll continue to do so in the booth. He has an outgoing personality which will bode well in the booth. Stairs and Moyer proved a little stiff last year. Hopefully a full season of grooming will help Stairs open up a bit in 2015. We can only hope they gel since we’re going to need something entertaining in lieu of what we may be watching on the field.

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