Thursday, September 18, 2008

TBS announces MLB playoff broadcasting roster

TBS today unveiled its slate of announcers set to call this year's MLB playoff action. Tigers OF Curtis Granderson will be in the studio with Ernie Johnson, Dennis Eckersley and Cal Ripken. Another nice addition is Harold Reynolds to the booth as an analyst.

Here's a portion of the release from the Turner Network:
TBS steps up to the plate on October 1 to begin televising the 2008 MLB Postseason. The network announced today it’s broadcasting roster for its exclusive coverage of all four MLB League Division Series (LDS) and the American League Championship Series (ALCS). The play-by-play voices for the ALDS and NLDS will be “Sunday MLB on TBS” announcer Chip Caray, legendary broadcaster Dick Stockton, Boston Red Sox play-by-play man Don Orsillo and Milwaukee Brewers announcer Brian Anderson. They will be calling all the action throughout the ALDS and NLDS alongside a team of expert analysts, which includes “Sunday MLB on TBS” analysts Ron Darling and Buck Martinez, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn and 16-year veteran broadcaster Joe Simpson, both returning to the network this postseason, along with former NL Cy Young Award winner and current Braves pitcher John Smoltz and two-time AL All-Star and veteran analyst Harold Reynolds.

In the studio for the ALDS and NLDS, two-time Emmy-award winning host Ernie Johnson will be joined by Hall of Famers Cal Ripken and Dennis Eckersley as well as one of the top lead-off batters in MLB, current Detroit Tigers centerfielder Curtis Granderson, who will break down the night’s action and offer insight throughout the night. Also contributing to the ALDS and NLDS postseason coverage will be TBS MLB insider and Sports Illustrated baseball senior writer Tom Verducci, along with field reporters Craig Sager, Marc Fein and David Aldridge.

TBS’ exclusive ALCS coverage will be called by Caray (play-by-play), Darling (analyst) and Martinez (analyst), with an on-site studio team featuring Johnson (host), Ripken (analyst), Eckersley (analyst) and Reynolds (analyst). Sager will serve as a reporter for the ALCS, with an additional reporter assigned to cover the National League Championship Series (NLCS) to be announced at a later time.
I can't argue with who they chose to go with, other than Chip Caray. That guy grabs a game and strangles it, but hopefully Ron Darling and Buck Martinez can wrestle away a few minutes of airtime.

2 comments:

Jerry said...

I was really excited to see that Harold Reynolds was added as an announcer. I have always enjoyed his commentary, especially on LLB. I never did hear the complete story of his firing at ESPN but I think he was sacrificed. It is great to see him back and I certainly wish him the best and look forward to seeing him more frequently.

Anonymous said...

I was really excited to see that Harold Reynolds was added as an announcer. I have always enjoyed his commentary, especially on LLB. I never did hear the complete story of his firing at ESPN but I think he was sacrificed. It is great to see him back and I certainly wish him the best and look forward to seeing him more frequently.