MLB Media Notes: Dave Flemming Thinks He Won't Get "SNB" Spot
Giants play-by-play announcer Dave Flemming has spoken to ESPN about the filling the vacant "Sunday Night Baseball" seat but does not believe the net is "going to choose me." Flemming, who also calls Monday night games on ESPN, said the net has been "really good to me with their baseball coverage.” He said, "'Sunday Night Baseball' is not quite what it used to be, just with the incredible saturation of local games and local broadcasts that you can consume baseball in so many different ways. It’s hard for any regular-season national baseball to resonate the way it used to before there were so many ways to watch the sport” (“The TK Show,” THEATHLETIC.com, 1/18).
RITES OF SPRING: In Boston, Jason Mastrodonato notes WFXT-Fox will "air six Red Sox spring training games that NESN will produce." NESN has "exclusively carried Red Sox games on its airwaves" since '06. From '03-05, NESN was partnered with WSBK-TV and "produced some games, often on Friday nights, that aired on local cable." As of Thursday, NESN and WFXT had "no agreement to produce any regular season games over the air" (BOSTONHERALD.com, 1/19).
GOING THROUGH 1-70: Brad Thompson is being added to FS Midwest’s Cardinals TV booth as the "analyst for about 15 games this season." Current analyst Al Hrabosky’s schedule is being "reduced by a similar amount." Hrabosky will have "about 30-35 game broadcasts" and will also remain in the "rotation of commentators" on Cardinals pregame and postgame shows (STLTODAY.com, 1/19). Royals radio announcer Denny Matthews "will be back to call his 50th season" with the team. Steve Stewart "will also return for his 11th season with the Royals Radio Network." All FS K.C. broadcasters from '17 will return this year (K.C. STAR, 1/19).