Matthews and Unser combined to spend nine years playing for the Phillies
Gary Matthews will be on hand at the MLB Draft to wish the Phillies eighth overall pick “continued success” as they join the Phillies organization.
The former outfielder and broadcaster will be joined alongside former teammate Del Unser as the Phillies representatives in the MLB June Amateur Draft.
Matthews and Unser played alongside each other for Philadelphia from 1981-82 as the franchise came off their first World Championship. Unser, the elder statesman of the club, only managed to play 19 games in 1982, recording zero hits in his final major league season.
In six seasons for the Phillies Unser hit .268 with 28 home runs, and was key in the 1980 World Series victory. During the playoff run that year Unser collected five hits while driving in three runs and scoring five of his own in eight playoff games.
Matthews spent only three years in Philadelphia as a player and is widely known for his role in broadcasting. From 2007-2013, Sarge sat alongside Harry Kalas, Tom McCarthy, and Chris Wheeler as a color analyst who brought his own style to the broadcast.
The former outfielder commonly appeared in post-game interviews on the field, where he always wished players “tremendous success” after a win.
After being relieved of his role in the booth, Matthews remained with the organization as part of the community relations and alumni programs.
The MLB Draft will be seen on MLB.com and the MLB Network June 12-14.