As expected, the lead announcer team of Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci, with Erin Andrews and Ken Rosenthal as reporters, returns. The trio did not receive great reviews last season in their debut season together after replacing Tim McCarver and were seen by some as far from an inspiring choice. For me, I do like Reynolds more than many do and he wasn't terrible in the booth last season, he also wasn't great. I like Verducci and like that he brings a different perspective to the booth than your traditional color commentator does and I thought he did a solid job last year. Look for this team to further gel this season.
Matt Vasgersian and John Smoltz return as the secondary broadcast team. They didn't work until September last year with the NFL season underway but they also worked one of the National League Division Series (with Buck, Reynolds and Verducci on the other) last year and they will work on the AL side this year.
Other play-by-play guys include holdovers Kenny Albert and Justin Kutcher as well as newcomers Joe Davis, who did a couple games in August on Fox Sports 1 after joining from ESPN, and Aaron Goldsmith, who works radio for the Mariners and has also done some college basketball and football for Fox. Returning analysts include Eric Karros and CJ Nitkowski.
Fox's studio coverage will be hosted by the great Kevin Burkhardt and he will work alongside Karros, Nitkowski, Mark Sweeney, Frank Thomas as well as newcomer Raul Ibanez. Those analysts will also be featured on Fox Sports 1's nightly MLB program MLB Whiparound with hosts Burkhardt, Ryan Field and Chris Myers. Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi, both of whom write and report for FoxSports.com, will serve as insiders.