TBS' Ernie Johnson Won't Call MLB Playoffs Due To Health Reasons
TBS’ Ernie Johnson announced on Instagram he will not broadcast any MLB postseason games because of blood clots in both of his legs. Doctors have advised against him flying due to his condition, and Johnson said, “I felt like I should at least let you know what’s going on.” Johnson said he “talked to the bosses at Turner” and his family, and the “best course of action is to just stay grounded at this point.” Johnson: “During this time when you’re doing the playoffs, there are a lot of flights in a compressed time and blood clots are nothing to be messed with. As tough as it is for me to miss baseball’s postseason, it’s the thing to do. So I’m gearing up, staying on the ground, getting ready for basketball” (INSTAGRAM.com, 10/1). Don Orsillo "will replace" Johnson on one of TBS' division series (TWITTER.com, 10/1).
HOMETOWN HEROES: In N.Y., Bob Raissman wrote under the header, "Local Baseball Voices -- Like Michael Kay -- Continue To Be Lost From Playoff Broadcasts." Yankee fans will "get a steady diet" of TBS commentators if they continue to advance in the postseason. There is "no problem with that," but there will always be "plenty of pushback from fans who would rather watch/listen" to Kay and YES Network analysts (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/30).