MLB Media Notes: TBS Tabs Past, Present NESN Announcers For ALDS
In Boston, Chad Finn notes former NESN Red Sox announcer Don Orsillo "will call" the Indians-Astros ALDS on TBS alongside current NESN analyst Dennis Eckersley and former NESN reporter Hazel Mae. That trio "doesn’t sound like a broadcast booth as much as it does a reunion party among Boston favorites." The Red Sox' series against either the A’s or Yankees on TBS "will be called by Brian Anderson, with Ron Darling as the color analyst and Lauren Shehadi the reporter." Orsillo "wasn’t expected to be part of TBS’s postseason broadcast team this year." But since Ernie Johnson is "dealing with blood clots in his legs and will not be part of the network’s playoff coverage this year," Orsillo was "tabbed to fill in" (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/2).
ONE MORE YEAR OF MARTY BALL? In Cincinnati, Dave Clark notes Reds radio broadcaster Marty Brennaman during Saturday's game "made it sound like" he will be back as the voice of the team for a 46th season. Brennaman, 76, has "said on many occasions that if he decides to retire, he won't announce it until the conclusion of a season because he doesn't want a farewell tour." He has also said that he has been "working on one-year contracts for some time" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 10/2).
STAYING QUIET: In DC, Chelsea Janes noted MASN's Ray Knight, who co-hosts the RSN's pregame and postgame Nationals coverage, was "not on the broadcasts for the final homestand of the season, nor for this weekend’s trip to Colorado" for the season-ending series against the Rockies. MASN did "not announce a reason for his absence." A source said that the net is "holding Knight off broadcasts due to an in-house issue" (WASHINGTON POST, 10/1).