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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck offers to call people’s personal videos

Sports are shut down across North America because of the coronavirus pandemic.

And more people are being required to shelter in place in a bid to “flatten the curve” on the disease’s spread. 

Fox Sports play-by-play announcer Joe Buck has found a way to help people get over their boredom while honing the skills he will need once sports eventually return to action.

“I have good news for you - While we’re all quarantined right now without any sports, I’d love to get some practice reps in,” Buck tweeted Sunday. “Send me videos of what you’re doing at home and I’ll work on my play-by-play. Seriously!”

Any of you tempted to make a submission?

 

QLE Posted: March 24, 2020 at 12:49 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, joe buck

Monday, March 02, 2020

ESPN hires Chipper Jones for ‘Wednesday Night Baseball’

In the seven years since his retirement, former Braves third baseman Chipper Jones has dabbled in broadcasting, making regular visits to the TV booth. In 2020, Jones is making it official. ESPN has hired the Hall of Famer to broadcast 20 games as a color analyst during their “Wednesday Night Baseball” broadcasts.

Jones is replacing David Ross, the former Braves catcher who left the position at ESPN to take over as manager of the Chicago Cubs.

“A lot of people don’t know this, but if I hadn’t played baseball, if I had gone to college, I would have majored in communications,” said Jones, who was the No. 1 overall pick of the draft by the Braves in 1990. “I wanted to be a broadcaster. I really have fun talking the game. I feel like I have something to impart upon the people tuning in, and I have fun doing it. I get the chance to do it on probably the biggest stage you can, maybe next to ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ (on ESPN).”

The Hall of Fame hitter earned a reputation among his Braves teammates for virtually “rolling out of bed” and getting two hits in a game. This hire has a similar feel. Jones has worked two full games in a broadcast booth ever – once last year for ESPN and once last year for a Braves regional broadcast for Fox Sports - but his on-air presence is so polished that the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” took notice.

Something to watch for as the season begins, to see how he performers compared to his fellow color commentators.

QLE Posted: March 02, 2020 at 12:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, chipper jones, espn

Friday, February 21, 2020

ESPN sets ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ lineup, moves Jessica Mendoza to weeknights

CLEVELAND, Ohio—ESPN will not replace Jessica Mendoza for its “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcasts, instead opting for a two-man booth with Matt Vasgersian and Alex Rodriguez returning to their roles as play-by-play announcer and analyst, respectively. Buster Onley will also continue to serve as the dugout reporter, the network announced Thursday.

Mendoza, who spent the last four full seasons on “Sunday Night Baseball,” will instead work weeknight games, joining a rotation of analysts that includes former Indians Eduardo Perez and Rick Sutcliffe, along with Tim Kurkjian. Karl Ravech, Jon Sciambi and Dave Flemming will take turns doing play-by-play during the week.

Mendoza will also make regular appearances on “Baseball Tonight,” “SportsCenter,” “Get Up,” and “First Take” as part of her new contract. She becomes the first woman to serve as a solo analyst on nationally televised MLB games. Her expanded role comes after she sparked a bit of controversy in the offseason by criticizing former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers for blowing the lid on the team’s sign-stealing scheme. Mendoza was moonlighting as an advisor to the Mets at the time. Though she tried to walk back her comments, the incident raised concerns over a conflict of interest.

For those curious involving how the Worldwide Leader will cover baseball this year.

 

QLE Posted: February 21, 2020 at 12:36 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, jessica mendoza

Friday, February 07, 2020

Manfred concerned with team/media roles of Martinez, Mendoza

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The dual roles of former Boston pitcher Pedro Martinez and ex-Olympic softball player Jessica Mendoza as team employees and broadcasters have drawn the concern of baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred.

Martinez is a Red Sox special assistant and an analyst for TBS. Mendoza is a New York Mets baseball operations adviser and an ESPN broadcaster.

Both criticized pitcher Mike Fiers for revealing the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scam to The Athletic. Fiers, now with Oakland, sparked an investigation that led to the departures of 10% of the major league managers: Houston’s AJ Hinch, Boston’s Alex Cora and the Mets’ Carlos Beltrán.

“I’m a transparency guy,” Manfred said Thursday after an owners meeting. “That someone should be kind of singled out because they saw something that was wrong and decided to talk about it, I don’t agree with that.”

Which, knowing Manfred, means he’ll hem and haw about this for months and then ultimately do nothing.

 

QLE Posted: February 07, 2020 at 01:18 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, jessica mendoza, manfred is thinking about it, pedro martinez

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

ESPN is reportedly removing Jessica Mendoza from Sunday Night Baseball

It appears that ESPN is set to take Jessica Mendoza off Sunday Night Baseball. There’s been a lot of criticism of the “disaster” of the current SNB booth (Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, and Mendoza) overall, and Mendoza in particular herself has been under incredible fire recently for her comments across ESPN shows bashing Mike Fiers for blowing the whistle on the Houston Astros’ electronic sign stealing (which drew extra criticism considering her role with the New York Mets and their hire of key Astros’ scandal figure Carlos Beltran).

Now, Andrew Marchand of The New York Post has reported that Mendoza appears set to be reassigned, although it’s not 100 percent certain yet:

“ESPN is working toward removing Jessica Mendoza from its “Sunday Night Baseball” booth, The Post has learned.

As for the rest of the SNB booth, ESPN executives are still determining its plan, though, Alex Rodriguez has been assured that he is welcomed back, according to sources.”

Should we be sending our cover letters and CVs to the Worldwide Leader?

QLE Posted: January 28, 2020 at 12:31 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, espn, jessica mendoza

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The Everlasting Bond Between Baseball Fans and Broadcasters

Some time between a fly ball whizzing over my head and another trudge back to the bench after striking out, I knew I wouldn’t grow up to be a Major League Baseball player.

That was OK. After all, other aspects of the game intrigued me more. Maybe I’d be an umpire. Managing seemed like a good gig, too. But growing up in the Bay Area, I could never shake the wonder of what it would be like to be Kruk & Kuip.

The San Francisco Giants television broadcasters, Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow are not mentioned individually. They’re a package deal. And for more than 25 years the duo has exemplified the unmatched bond baseball fans can have with their team’s announcers. I’ll unapologetically romanticize this relationship because it’s my favorite part about the sport.

Local broadcasters become extended family, their voices filling living rooms and kitchens, cars and garages, ear buds and ballparks for months on end. They bridge the perspective gap between fans and whatever fans think it’s like to be a player. Your team’s broadcaster feels like someone who is in the trenches with you, the fan, through the epic walk-offs and sluggish blowouts. Better said: They’re one of us. Perhaps the best part about local broadcasters is that they, like baseball from April to October, are always there. Death, taxes and Kuiper belting OUTTA HERE, as the saying goes.

Some thoughts on announcers, and what they mean to our understanding of the game.

 

QLE Posted: November 27, 2019 at 10:06 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, fans

Thursday, October 03, 2019

David Ortiz Will Return to Fox for MLB Postseason Coverage

Nearly four months removed from a shooting that almost ended his life, former Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is returning to FOX’s MLB broadcast team for the 2019 postseason, according to The Big Lead.

The ex-Boston slugger will rejoin Kevin Burkhardt, Frank Thomas and Alex Rodriguez in the studio for pregame and postgame analysis through the conclusion of the World Series. Ortiz tweeted a photo of the quartet on Tuesday afternoon with the caption “soon.”

Best wishes for him in returning to broadcasting.

 

QLE Posted: October 03, 2019 at 12:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, comebacks, david ortiz, playoffs

 

 

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