Todd Kalas "flattered" to be linked to Phillies gigs, but likely to stay
Long-time Rays TV reporter Todd Kalas said that when it comes to his last name, there will always be "speculation" regarding him and the Phillies, especially with his late father Harry a legendary broadcaster there.
And after the Phillies announced Wednesday that broadcasters Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews will not return to the TV booth, there was a natural link to Kalas, who already has experience working for that organization.
Coincidentally, Kalas was even in Philadelphia Thursday, though it was for his role broadcasting USF men's basketball games, and nothing to do with the Phillies.
But Kalas said while he's "flattered" to be linked, he doesn't anticipate anything coming from the Phillies openings. He said the Rays give him flexibility in his contract to explore play-by-play opportunities, but Phillies play-by-play man Tom McCarthy is staying on, so there will likely only be a color analyst role needed. Kalas believes that color analyst spot will probably be filled by a former player.
"I'm always flattered to be mentioned in that regard," Kalas said. "But right now, I don't imagine anything to come of it."
Kalas is happy in his current gig, as he's set to begin his 16th season with the Rays, where he works for Sun Sports as a pre-game and post-game host and in-game reporter. He has also filled in every season with play-by-play and color for both the TV and radio networks.
Kalas said he's "disappointed" for Wheeler and Matthews, guys he's gotten to know well over the years. Kalas would like to eventually grow into a play-by-play role if the right opportunity comes about.
"I hope there's a play-by-play opportunity for me somewhere," Kalas said. "For what I'm doing I'm happy where I am now, but hope one day there will be a step in the process."