Turner Sports has announced their broadcasters for their coverage of the 2012 MLB Postseason, and you probably know all of the names.
The main team covering the ALCS will be familiar voice of the NBA on TNT Ernie Johnson, along with veteran MLB pitchers John Smoltz and Ron Darling. Darling is the main color commentator for TBS's Sunday game of the week and part of SNY's booth covering the Mets, while Smoltz has broadcasted on both MLB Network and TBS since his retirement to good reviews.
For the two Wild Card playoff games, as well as all four Division Series rounds, Turner will feature a pair of three-man teams and a pair of two-man teams. The three man teams will match up Brian Anderson (who called last year's LCS in place of Johnson) with Darling and Joe Simpson, well known for his color commentary for the Braves on Fox Sports South, and Johnson with Smoltz and Cal Ripken Jr. Ripken doesn't have much experience in the booth, and is normally part of TBS's Sunday studio show.
The two-man teams covering the Division Series games will be Don Orsillo (Red Sox play by play on NESN) and Buck Martinez (analyst with the Blue Jays), along with the duo of Dick Stockton and Bob Brenly (color with the Cubs). Each team also has a reporter, though none of the four are assigned to a specific team yet. Those four reporters are Tom Verducci (who will be the ALCS reporter as well), Craig Sager, David Aldridge, and Jaime Maggio. In studio for TBS will be former ESPN stalwart Matt Winer, along with analysts David Wells and Dennis Eckersley, no strangers to the set themselves.
Turner could have done a lot worse in choosing their announce teams, that's for sure. Johnson is a veteran voice with baseball in his blood, and has done a fine job whenever he's done baseball commentary in the past, and Smoltz and Darling are generally insightful and humorous. Teaming Darling with the energetic Anderson and the seemingly detatched Simpson could end poorly, but the Johnson/Smoltz/Ripken trio could be a treat. You know what you're getting out of the other pairs, as all four have been around the block numerous times with Turner's MLB postseason coverage.
I don't think that any of these teams will light the world on fire, but at the same time, I don't think any of them will create a Chip Caray moment for Turner, even Dick Stockton.
Big Fan of the game and I'm not really a fan of any team. I watched the Orioles and the Yankees tonight, great game! Here's the question, when Jeter and "Tex" make errors in the same inning ( not good errors mind you) but blown plays. The word error is never mentioned. As a matter of fact Jeter, "makes that play 99.9% of the time" and Tex, " well the ball skipped to the left " which is bull. It skipped off his glove because he misplayed it! But in the next inning JJ Hardy blows a play at short and it is an error. Even though he has had only 7 all year; is that right? I get it, everyone especially the money people want the Yanks to win. better viewership more advertising dollars etc etc etc. It's a little to much. By the way, didn't Ripken play for the Orioles? I'm just saying Oh and the "TEX" thing, I don't know seems a little to,,, what's the word,,, personal! They are not very good at announcing, to bad because I like to hear the crowd and the sounds that accompany the game you just have to listen to them
So who wants to bet it will be Johnson, Smoltz, and Ripken for the AL Wild Card Game and Anderson, Simpson, and Darling for the NL game? It seems like TBS always gives the "A" team to the AL.
Side bet: Johnson, Smoltz, and Ripken will call whichever series the Yankees are in.
and a minor correction: TBS doesn't have a studio show during the regular season except for the All-Star selection show in July. They only have the studio show during the postseason.
Actually Buck Martinez has been the PBP voice for Toronto Bluejays Regular Season games since the 2010 MLB Regular Season!!!
That might be why TBS used Cal Ripken Jr. as a 2nd analyst for their MLB game on Sunday September 9th this year than!
Does this mean that TBS will have a Guest analyst in their studio for their coverage of the Wild Card Round and Division Series this year, like they did during the 2007 and 2008 MLB Division Series???
It really dosen't suprise me that TBS is using their NBA Insider and Sideline Reporter David Aldridge as 1 of their 4 Field Level Reporters for their coverage of the Division series this year, over Sam Ryan who they used as a Field Level Reporter over him during last year's MLB Playoffs on TBS!
@CUbsfan Sam Ryan took a full-time job with MLB Network at the beginning on this year. I'm assuming that she'll be the field reporter for their game coverage and will be providing reports on MLB Tonight throughout the rest of the postseason.
Interesting that TBS is moving Ripken into the booth after being in the studio for so many years. It's also interesting that's it more like 2007-2009 where the "A" team is slightly different for the Division Series and Championship series.
Would I be correct in assuming that Ripken will return to the studio/on-site studio for the ALCS?
Correction: Tom Verducci will be Turner's reporter for the NLCS. As in he will be traveling with series (covered on FOX) and providing reports only. Craig Sager is the ALCS reporter for Turner's live coverage.
Would have liked to have seen Anderson get the ALCS nod again, but EJ has been there for so long, of course he'll get it. Not having Rojas this year is a bit of a shame, he was terrific last year.
I will say that even with Dick Stockton, I've enjoyed TBS's broadcasters for the playoffs, even if the production is a bit off.