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SBD/October 5, 2012/Media
D'Backs Confirm Sutton, Grace Will Not Return To TV Booth; Will Stone Leave White Sox?
Published October 5, 2012
|The team cited "philosophical
differences" with Sutton (l)
A STONE'S THROW AWAY: In Chicago, Mark Gonzalez cited a source as saying that the D'Backs have White Sox TV analyst Steve Stone "on a very short list of candidates." Stone is "under contract with the Sox, but he is immensely popular" in Arizona. It is possible Stone could "receive permission to get out of his contract if he receives a lucrative offer elsewhere" (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 10/4). Stone Thursday said he was "pretty sure" he would return to the White Sox' booth next year, but added, "You never know what next year is going to hold." Stone: "You have to enjoy what you’re doing and you have to realize the time is getting away from you.” He added, “I love what I do. I have loved what I’ve done. ... I work for perhaps the best owner in all of sports, and that’s Jerry Reinsdorf.” Stone: “I want baseball and broadcasting to be a part of my life as long as possible. I have a contract with the Chicago White Sox. They’ve been wonderful to me and I fully expect that nothing is really going to change” (“The McNeil & Spiegel Show,” WSCR-AM, 10/4).
GET ON THE MIC, MIKE: In N.Y., Phil Mushnick writes Yankees TV play-by-play announcer Michael Kay this season "often confused big league baseball for a fantasy league kind that apparently is played only in his head." Kay during the broadcast of Monday's Red Sox-Yankees game said, "It’s also an interesting debate -- and we don’t want to get your minds spinning -- but do you even want to finish with the best record? You have to sit around and wonder where you’re going." Mushnick: "That's 'an interesting debate'? For whom?" (N.Y. POST, 10/5).