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McCarver Prepping For His Final World Series Call, But He Wants Focus On The Games
Published October 23, 2013
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UTILITY PLAYER: In Baltimore, David Zurawik writes MLB Network's Bill Ripken, who will be part of the net's World Series coverage, is "engaging and insightful" as an analyst. Ripken called one game with Bob Costas this year, but said he would rather be in the studio "if you were going to give me the choice." Ripken: "There's a lot more you can do. ... In studio, you have a way and you have some time to see something that maybe happened the night before. And in your pregame, you can really address it." He said of how he feels he has done this season, "The people up at the network seem to think I have enough versatility to get the job done. I seem to be in pretty decent standing up there. I don't know, maybe I found a niche" (Baltimore SUN, 10/23).
ENERGETIC ECKERSLEY: SPORTS ON EARTH'S Kevin Koczwara profiles NESN analyst Dennis Eckersley, whose "energy practically pulses off the television." He "feels the game," and even though he "used to play, he says he's not there to educate fans." He said, "I'm not there to teach. I'm there to bring excitement to the game." Koczwara notes Eckersley "feeds off the exhilaration that live TV brings." It "took time for Eckersley to harness his energy and adjusting to working in the moment." NESN's Don Orsillo "helped him focus and bring out the personality that Eckersley displayed this season during games." Orsillo let Eckersley's "famous and particular way of speaking emerge, too, by giving him the comfort he needed to be himself" (SPORTSONEARTH.com, 10/23).