Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Monday, January 04, 2021

Marquee Sports Network hires Jon ‘Boog’ Sciambi as play-by-play announcer

Marquee Sports Network had to get this hire right after Len Kasper, the popular Cubs play-by-play TV voice, left for White Sox radio.

With the announcement of the hire of Jon ‘Boog’ Sciambi of ESPN as the new Cubs PBP announcer Monday, they hit a home run.

During his time at ESPN, Sciambi has contributed to ESPN Radio’s MLB World Series coverage as an on-site studio host, while providing post-game, on-field interviews for ESPN’s SportsCenter. He also has held play-by-play duties for both the College and Little League World Series. His time at the network dates to 2005, when he began doing play-by-play for select college basketball and MLB games, and he has continued in play-by-play for both sports during his tenure at ESPN.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 04, 2021 at 12:04 PM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: cubs, jon sciambi, marquee network

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Red Voodooin Posted: January 04, 2021 at 12:46 PM (#5997343)
Great get for the Cubs. Still sad Len left, but this is about as good as we could have hoped.
   2. Zonk is now Unified Posted: January 04, 2021 at 12:52 PM (#5997346)
Yeah, this is good.

I watch a fair bit of CWS and Sciambi is good - like Kasper, he has a knack for not getting in the way of the game while being interesting enough between actions to avoid muting the sound. I'd still have preferred keep Kasper, but from all indications, it was simply a matter of Kasper wanting to move to radio and I don't know that I'd want to lose Pat Hughes either (however, Coomer.... well...)
   3. Moses Taylor hashes out the rumpus Posted: January 04, 2021 at 12:56 PM (#5997348)
Yes, this is the best the probably could have done and is definitely the one silver lining to what likely is going to be (and has already been) a pretty shitty winter for the Cubs. He's really good at a lot of things and have always felt he'd be great to have as the daily guy. Sounds like he's still doing ESPN stuff, so we'll have some sort of substitute every now and then.
   4. Red Voodooin Posted: January 04, 2021 at 01:34 PM (#5997359)
it was simply a matter of Kasper wanting to move to radio and I don't know that I'd want to lose Pat Hughes either


Yeah, as much as I liked Len, there's simply no way I would have been willing to part with Pat in order to keep Len around, even if Hughes only has a few more years left before retirement.
   5. The Yankee Clapper Posted: January 04, 2021 at 02:52 PM (#5997373)
Can’t say that I’m a fan of Sciambi. Far too much non-game related byplay with his color man for my taste. Perhaps the ESPN producers think that humanizes their talking heads, and it could be different when he’s on his own in local media. I don’t suppose Sciambi will be taking Rick Sutcliffe with him? That would be a win for the national broadcasts.
   6. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 04, 2021 at 04:09 PM (#5997390)
Jon Sciambi sounds like a bad fake name Jason Giambi uses.
   7. Walt Davis Posted: January 04, 2021 at 04:41 PM (#5997399)
#5: "non-game related byplay" is one of the keys of a successful local broadcast team. I agree it's not great on national broadcasts but for local, these guys are together 162 games a year over several years with the same people tuning in. If things don't get "personalized", they'll sound like robots before their first season is over. There's just not that much to say about a baseball game day after day after day, only so many "insights" to Kris Bryant, etc. If these guys can't joke, can't nerd out on restaurants or music or whatever, can't go into "say, did you see that story about ..."

Faked or not, IMO one of the main features of a successful broadcast team is that they seem to like each other. You're seated next to these two people for the entire game for every game -- you only want dry commentary? When you think about it, TV sports is gogglebox. Who do you want to watch watching the game?
   8. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: January 04, 2021 at 04:49 PM (#5997401)
I love this. Len leaving was a gut-punch, but Sciambi has been my favorite ESPN guy for a while. He should pair nicely with JD, since he like Len also mixes in the off-beat discussions throughout the game that made some of those Cub games during the lean years tolerable.
   9. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 04, 2021 at 04:52 PM (#5997402)
#5: "non-game related byplay" is one of the keys of a successful local broadcast team. I agree it's not great on national broadcasts but for local, these guys are together 162 games a year over several years with the same people tuning in. If things don't get "personalized", they'll sound like robots before their first season is over. There's just not that much to say about a baseball game day after day after day, only so many "insights" to Kris Bryant, etc. If these guys can't joke, can't nerd out on restaurants or music or whatever, can't go into "say, did you see that story about ..."
Exactly. Some of Len and JD's best moments were when the Cubs were down 11-2 in the 7th or something, and they'd just start riffing on things.
   10. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: January 04, 2021 at 05:00 PM (#5997404)
I just learned A) Len Kasper is the same age as me and B) He was born in the city I now reside in. Eerie.

Also, given the age of the site, there ought to be a thread from when he was hired in 2005, but the oldest I could find is this one from 2008.
   11. SoSH U at work Posted: January 04, 2021 at 05:04 PM (#5997405)
I just learned A) Len Kasper is the same age as me and B) He was born in the city I now reside in. Eerie.


It's spelled Erie.

   12. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 04, 2021 at 05:13 PM (#5997408)

It's spelled Erie.


Primey.
   13. Moses Taylor hashes out the rumpus Posted: January 04, 2021 at 06:00 PM (#5997416)
Can’t say that I’m a fan of Sciambi. Far too much non-game related byplay with his color man for my taste. Perhaps the ESPN producers think that humanizes their talking heads, and it could be different when he’s on his own in local media. I don’t suppose Sciambi will be taking Rick Sutcliffe with him? That would be a win for the national broadcasts.

ESPN definitely forces the non-game related stuff in, but like others have said, that makes sense in local broadcasts. You can always tell the talking points ESPN uses for their national broadcasts, and you can also tell them checking them off when they hit on them.

He has a personality, seems both smart and curious, and knows what he's talking about. With an excellent color guy - JD is leagues ahead of Sutcliffe - he's even better (IMO, a good example of this is college bball games he calls with Jay Bilas - Sut brings everyone down).
   14. Andere Richtingen Posted: January 04, 2021 at 07:24 PM (#5997421)
Deshaies is a completely different partner than Sutcliffe. Deshaies jokes a lot but it’s all very dry, while Sutcliffe is a louder, hot-foot type of color guy. Sciambi is a naturally funny guy, but being more of a straight-man I think he will fit in well with the long-established tone of post-Caray era Cubs tv broadcasts: focused on the game, homer-y, strong with the critical analysis. Sure, we will probably hear all kinds of Gen Xer tangents, but that was very true of Kasper as well. Sciambi will have his job cut out for him matching Kasper in terms of the play by play and analytical comments, but from what I’ve seen I think he is up to the task. I’m very happy about this.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Phil Birnbaum
for his generous support.

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogAlbert Pujols could keep playing to reach 700 career homers: 'If I’m close to it, why not?'
(154 - 9:29pm, Mar 06)
Last: Howie Menckel

NewsblogWe found them: They're the worst team ever
(1 - 9:20pm, Mar 06)
Last: John Northey

NewsblogJake Odorizzi reaches 2-year deal with Houston Astros, source says
(6 - 9:10pm, Mar 06)
Last: DCA

NewsblogMLB suspends free agent Sam Dyson for entire 2021 season
(7 - 8:55pm, Mar 06)
Last: Mayor Blomberg

NewsblogUniversal DH and expanded postseason unlikely for 2021 MLB season, per report
(33 - 5:49pm, Mar 06)
Last: ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick

NewsblogOT - Soccer Thread - Winter Is Here
(903 - 2:42pm, Mar 06)
Last: AuntBea odeurs de parfum de distance sociale

NewsblogNBA 2020 Season kick-off thread
(1913 - 1:49pm, Mar 06)
Last: ramifications of an exciting 57i66135

NewsblogSource: Former Boston Red Sox CF Jackie Bradley Jr. to sign 2-year, $24M deal with Milwaukee Brewers
(28 - 11:58am, Mar 06)
Last: snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster)

Sox TherapyA Week Without Me
(2 - 11:22am, Mar 06)
Last: jacksone (AKA It's OK...)

NewsblogBraves revenue fell by almost $300 million last year
(42 - 11:47pm, Mar 05)
Last: Joyful Calculus Instructor

NewsblogEmpty Stadium Sports Will Be Really Weird
(12233 - 11:13pm, Mar 05)
Last: Joyful Calculus Instructor

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-5-2021
(9 - 7:47pm, Mar 05)
Last: puck

NewsblogTrevor Story Rumors: Rockies Contract Extension Won't Happen 'Anytime Soon'
(17 - 12:38pm, Mar 05)
Last: Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight

NewsblogJoe Altobelli dies: Rochester's 'Mr. Baseball' led Orioles to last title
(14 - 9:49am, Mar 05)
Last: ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick

NewsblogNew report alleges Terry Francona, Chris Antonetti knew about Mickey Callaway’s behavior
(50 - 9:12am, Mar 05)
Last: Jobu is silent on the changeup

Page rendered in 0.2801 seconds
48 querie(s) executed