Jim Salisbury, who has covered the Phillies for over 25 years, has decided to leave NBC Sports Philadelphia.
Salisbury joined the cable network in 2009, when it was known as Comcast SportsNet, after having previously covered the Phils for the Philadelphia Inquirer for 12 years.
In a statement on Twitter, Salisbury said it was his decision to leave NBC Sports Philadelphia and that he’s not sure where his next stop will be.
Salisbury covered three Phillies World Series runs, including the 2008 championship and their 2009 loss to the New York Yankees. This year, he nearly saw another title, after the Phillies caught fire in the playoffs, but fell to the Houston Astros in the World Series.
Salisbury and his wife help take care of their daughter, Mary, who suffered significant paralysis from a stroke five years ago.
Salisbury earned a reputation over the years for being first to confirm major Phillies news. Fans would often check his Twitter feed to see if a rumor was substantial.
Losing, Salisbury is a significant loss for Phillies coverage. He was a old school reporter, who is very very well respected in the Philadelphia sports scene.
Longtime Phillies beat writer Jim Salisbury. Photo courtsey of Philly Voice