In late June, Diamondbacks play by play man Daron Sutton disappeared from the broadcast booth. Sutton was suspended indefinitely due to a personnel matter with the team, although the D'Backs were vague when it came to details. A couple days later, it was reported that Sutton was suspended for the crime against humanity that was wearing a suit instead of a D'Backs polo. What's even weirder about the Sutton situation is that his suspension is now dragging on into its second month with seemingly no end in sight.
Finally, additional word came from the Diamondbacks organization with president Derrick Hall telling ABC15 in Arizona there is no timetable for Sutton's return to the booth:
"Daron of course, I hired him, I extended him, he's a very important part of our history and who we are. It's been a culmination of events and unfortunately, I wish I could talk more about it, but when it comes to personnel issues, I don't think it would be fair for him or us if we talked anymore than to say there's no timetable on a return. It's an indefinite suspension. But we're fortunate to have guys like Greg Schulte and Jeff Munn that can step in and fill roles in the meantime," said Hall.
While there was furor over Sutton being suspended over his choice of wardrobe, it's clear there were plenty of other issues behind the scenes... it's just inconceivable for an announcer to be suspended that long over a suit. At this point, you have to wonder whether or not Sutton will ever return to the Diamondbacks booth. A month and a half (and probably longer) suspension in the middle of the baseball season doesn't bode well for his future with the franchise.
Greg needs to adjust his false teeth. Every time he starts a word with an "s" he whistles.. It is terrible to have to listen to every broadcast, and I watch them all on TV.
If we do not get Sutton then please get someone else to partner with our wonderful Gracy (Mark Grace). Please..take Greg off! Thank you!
Apparently when you cross Kendricks it's over. Sutton should have kept his comments to himself after Kendricks called out Upton and Drew earlier this year. Wardrobe has nothing to do with it. If the guy could wear a suit like Brian Williams it's one thing but his ties are even out of style.
Let the guy wear a suit, it's what all announcers used to do. What, we gotta have a polo shirt, egads, fashion show??? GOOFY, Dbacks.
This isn't the first time in recent history that a sports broadcaster in Phoenix was suspended/fired with a completely flimsy explanation that defied any rational credibility whatsoever. Curt Keilback was given similar treatment by the Phoenix Coyotes in 2007, has not been picked up by any team and it is generally believed that he is being blackballed by the league for some unspecified reason.