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ESPN Sees Drop In Overnight Rating For Astros' AL Debut Sunday Night
Published April 1, 2013
BOOTH MATES: SI.com's Richard Deitsch notes ESPN will "rotate its Wednesday Night Baseball broadcast booth, with Sean McDonough getting many of the lead announcer assignments." The net said commentators will be assigned "based on relevant connection to the game." Meanwhile, ESPN's new "Monday Night Baseball" crew of Dave O'Brien, Rick Sutcliffe, Aaron Boone and Tim Kurkjian debuts today with Red Sox-Yankees (SI.com, 4/1).
FUZZY MATH? Shulman said that he "sees the value of 'the new age analytics,'" but he is not going to "hand over his call to them in part because he does not think" viewers are into those numbers. Shulman said his personal preference, in terms of using the newer metrics, is to "dip my toe in the water but not delve into those during a telecast." Hershiser contended that "it's easier to bring the stat to the broadcast if it's a formula that everybody understands" (JSONLINE.com, 3/28).