Thursday, March 31, 2011

Q & A with Chris Wheeler, Phillies superstar broadcaster

Phillies Geoff Jenkins booth
  Chris Wheeler, Geoff Jenkins, and Tom McCarthy
            last year from the broadcast booth

I always liked the way the Phillies broadcasts sound over the air over the years that I’ve been watching baseball. My personal viewing goes back into the 1970’s when I was a kid, I will always remember the voices of Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn, Andy Musser, and of course Chris Wheeler.

Chris Wheeler has been with the Phillies over 40 years now

  Wheeler is still on the broadcasts, he’s the only one left still doing the broadcasts from the days when the Phillies had some great years in the 1970’s as well. Chris understands baseball like the back of his hand, he recently authored a book on his experience and you can find it here. It tells you all about Wheeler’s 40 years of being with the Phillies organization. We even talked with him on the ‘Phillies Talk’ Podcast about his times with the Phillies and the book, the show is overall one of my favorite podcasts that we’ve done so far, find the show with Chris here.

Q and A with Chris Wheeler from March 30, 2011

  Here’s a couple of questions that Chris answered for FightinPhillies blog yesterday about the 2011 season with the Phillies.

The Phillies team of 2011 is loaded with pitching aces, is this the best rotation the Phils have ever seen?

Chris Wheeler:
 This is by far the best starting pitching the Phillies have had. When you consider Joe Blanton is the #5 guy, it's set up pretty well to keep a team in the game. I can't think of a close second to match this depth and talent level. Hopefully they will remain healthy and productive.

The Phillies did not have an encouraging Spring Training with all of the injuries, can you think of a Spring that was worse for the Phils?

Chris Wheeler:
  I can't think of a spring training where there more serious injuries. I imagine the team has come out of Florida with question marks involving injuries other years. However to lose the best second baseman in the sport, a closer like Lidge, and a prospect like Dominic Brown is a boat load. And a real challenge to pick up the pieces and move on and have another championship season.

Getting to a World Series is one thing, winning it is another. What makes a team great enough in baseball to reach the World Series?

  Chris Wheeler:
  I think making the post season in baseball is the toughest of the four major sports. The reason is pretty simple. A lot more teams make post season in the other sports because there are more opportunities. In baseball, you must win your division or capture the one wild card available in each league. I think Charlie Manuel is right when he says the team, that plays the best baseball over the course of a long season keeps on playing. Hopefully that will be the Phillies again.

 I want to thank Chris for taking some time out of his busy schedule to answer a couple of questions here on the blog. Hope you the readers, like it as well. The Phillies season is starting up in just one more day, they should get the game in, but it will be interesting with the weather forecast being so close to us having snow. Not all together great weather to start off the season.


  1. Rich,

    You're way off base here. Wheeler is by far the worst broadcaster we have in town.

    It's like watching a movie and the people in front of you won't shut up. He has no respect for the game and constantly talks over it to show you what he knows.

  2. please someone remove chris wheeler from phillies broadcasting. he is the most annoying announcer i have ever heard. get a real professional who has played mlb baseball because wheeler thinks he knows things and he is an idiot

  3. Chris Wheeler is not a good broadcaster...He thinks he knows what players, managers, coaches etc. are going to do next! In tonight's game with the Atlanta Braves, he commented on one pitch to a Phillies batter - had he (the batter) swung at the pitch, it would have been a pop-up or foul ball...How does he know this - could the pitch be hit and be a fair ball??