30 March 2015

2015 MLB on Fox Announcers

With a full slate of action on both Fox and Fox Sports 1, there are a number of announcers that Fox will utilize this upcoming baseball season. Those include a few new faces for both game and studio coverage as well as some familiar ones. Let's take a look.

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.

11 comments:

  1. Don't mind Buck on baseball as he is probably in his comfort zone (unlike NFL and, horror of horrors, USGA. Burkhardt is great and refreshing, unlike Kenny Albert who just doesn't have the same "personality" in the booth the way his dad had when he was in his prime. Perhaps he is more familiar with hockey but he is tedious in baseball. Just a question: are Fox not allowed to show regular season Blue Jay games or do they choose not to due to geographical location, ratings etc.?

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    1. It would be the latter. Fox has shown Blue Jays games before but they, like other broadcasters in other sports, choose not to

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  2. Is Brennaman doing any games at all?

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    1. I still think he will, even if it is just some Reds games. He didn't do that many games last year.

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    2. Ben,

      Any reason why Brennaman was left off the list?

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    3. Well Fox did not use him that much last year as he did do eight games but only two of them were non-Reds games. My guesses are that they'll still have him do the Reds games but little, if at all, elsewhere. After all, Fox will use announcers that aren't listed.

      Also of the announcers that are listed, only one of them are on a local team's crew in Goldsmith.

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    4. Ben - I know a lot of people don't like Brennaman but I thing he's a very good announcer.

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    5. I like Brennaman too but I do see why people don't like him.

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  3. Apparently Wikipedia has got Craig Bolerjack, Mike Goldberg, Tim Brando, Gus Johnson, Mike Joy, John Roberts, and Adam Alexander for play-by-play announcers along with Kristina Pink, Angry Grandpa which I don't know what the heck that is even all about, Vince Welch, and Matt Yocum as reporters as well as Michael Waltrip, Larry McReynolds and Darryl Waltrip for Fox Deportes MLB coverage and Allen Bestwick for ESPN Wednesday Night Baseball which I believe is totally incorrect. I have no idea why Wikipedia would make stuff up like that in the first place which is ridiculous.

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    1. And therein lies the issues with using Wikipedia for announcers.

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