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Moyer exits Phillies' booth to be with family

Retired pitcher makes home in California; joined CSN broadcast in 2014

Jamie Moyer has informed Comcast SportsNet that he will not return to the Phillies' television broadcast booth next season.

Moyer, 52, told the network he wants to spend more time with his family at their home in California.

"At the end of the Phillies' season, I gave the situation a great deal of thought, with my family in mind ... as we are now based on the West Coast, the geography presents unique challenges to the matter at hand," Moyer told CSN. "I thus reached a decision that, for the moment, it's very difficult to balance a bicoastal professional life with family life at home. I thank Comcast SportsNet, the Phillies and, of course, the fans for letting me share my insights into the team this past season and wish the team success in the coming years."

Moyer joined the network as a color commentator in 2014, along with former Phillies teammate Matt Stairs. The duo replaced Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews.

CSN and the Phillies released the following statement on Friday: "Everyone at Comcast SportsNet and the Phillies thank Jamie for sharing his baseball expertise with our fans this season. We wish him and his family nothing but the best."

The network has begun a search for a color commentator to replace Moyer, and the remainder of the Phillies' broadcast team -- Tom McCarthy, Mike Schmidt, Gregg Murphy and Stairs -- will return next year

During a 25-year career in the Major Leagues, Moyer won 269 games, including 56 over his five seasons with the Phillies. The left-hander was an All-Star in 2003 with the Mariners and was a member of the 2008 World Series champion Phillies. He also pitched for the Cubs, Orioles, Rangers, Rockies, Cardinals and Red Sox.

Austin Laymance is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @jalaymance.
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