It’s safe to say that Jamie Moyer will bring something to the broadcast booth for the Philadelphia Phillies that has been lacking. Taking nothing away from “Sarge” or “Wheels”, the two commentators that Moyer and fellow World Series teammate Matt Stairs will be replacing, it’s safe to say that neither would be featured on NPR radio. In listening to Moyer’s interview, it’s clear that he will bring a new and more cerebral dimension to Phillies’ broadcasts.
Roy Halladay has been in the Phillies’ Spring Training camp as a roving instructor to help pitchers, particularly young pitchers, appreciate the mental side of the game. Moyer and Halladay share a common bond in attributing much of their success to the sports mental coach Harvey Dorfman.
The title of a new book about Jamie Moyer and the mental side of baseball tells you much of what you need to know about its contents. I bought the book this weekend, intending to save it for a plane ride to Tampa (and the causeway hop straight to Clearwater) on Wednesday morning. It looks like compelling reading. Just skimming it tells me that if Jamie Moyer brings to the broadcast booth the kind of preparation he brought to the mound, he will succeed against considerable odds.