TBS has announced their broadcast and studio teams for their presentation of the 2013 MLB Postseason, and there are several changes.
In the studio, the hosting gig of ESPN’s Keith Olbermann will come to fruition, with Olbermann taking over studio duties from Turner stalwart Matt Winer. Olbermann will be joined in studio by Tom Verducci, making his MLB Postseason studio debut, and a new face to the broadcasting world – former Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez. Also joining TBS’s studio crew will be former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher and current Jays radio analyst Dirk Hayhurst.
TBS’s broadcast crews also had some shakeups. The top crew that will broadcast the NLCS in addition to a Division Series matchup will be long-time Turner play by play man Ernie Johnson, joined in the booth by Cal Ripken, transitioning from the Postseason studio to the booth, and New York Mets color commentator Ron Darling. The other Division Series crews are as follows.
Brian Anderson, John Smoltz, and Joe Simpson
Don Orsillo, Dennis Eckersley, and Buck Martinez
Dick Stockton and Bob Brenly
The reporters that will join each of the four crews will be Craig Sager, David Aldridge, Rachel Nichols, and the aforementioned Winer, with Sager and Verducci working as reporters for the NLCS with the broadcast trio of Johnson, Ripken, and Darling.
Turner could have done a lot worse with their crews, as the top team of Johnson, Ripken, and Darling should be a solid one that doesn’t make your ears bleed. There’s less to be optimistic about when it comes to the B-teams, especially when it comes to the potentially awful duo of Stockton and Brenly. The worst case scenario would be to pair Stockton with Simpson, but throwing the latter in a three man booth with a strong duo in Anderson and Smoltz should hopefully help tone down his awful qualities.
The major story is Smoltz's demotion from the top booth. He's been long rumored as the prospective replacement for Tim McCarver at Fox, so perhaps it's a sign that Turner is quietly phasing him out. Smoltz had called the LCS on TBS each of the last 3 years.
The studio show is what will either bring TBS’s Postseason production to a new level. Olbermann’s work in his return to ESPN has been fantastic, and if that can translate to the MLB studio atmosphere, he could drag the inexperienced Martinez and Hayhurst to good performances while Verducci holds his own.
Joe Tom Verducci is working as 1 of 3 Analysts instead of as a 2nd Field Level Reporter for TBS's Exclusive coverage of the NLCS this year.
Please get rid of Ernie Johnson and Brian Anderson. These guys will put you to sleep. Thay are hurting MLB and the playoffs.Dick Stockton calls a great game. I don't know how ih the world Johnson and Anderson ever made it this far.
TBS also used Adam Jones as a Guest Analyst from October 8th-10th and Gary Sheffield as a Guest Analyst from October 5th-7h and Gary Sheffield will also be replacing Dirk Hayhurst as an Analyst for TBS's Exclusive coverage of the NLCS this year too!!!
Rachel Nichols will be reporting from the ALCS during the Postgame Show of TBS's Exclusive coverage of the NLCS this year too!!!
TBS only used Dirk Hayhurst as an analyst for it's coverage of the Wild Card and Division Series this year!!!
the three stooges Johnson, Ripken, Little Darling all sellouts! you gotta call it like you see it you cant always yield to your master. Bunch of Homers
Geez since when did Ron Darling (washed up MLBer not so hall of famer) and Cal Pigpen Ripken becomes uch frekain homers for the Braves. Ernie Johnson bless the guys heart he doesnt even know what hes doing calling a baseball game. one things for sure they are all gettin paid to say say the Braves thing. they should really go down the hall and visit a man with class that would never yield to the politics. Johnson, Little darling ,Cal Pigpen the guys FAT! aka the 3 stooges
I listened to game two Dodgers & Braves. I don't remember the commentators names except Ernie Johnson. The other 2 commentators were so biased for the Braves.They suck !! Maybe you might think of somebody like Mr. Class Vince Sculley. Yes I a'm a Dodger fan always will be.
Tori Hunter beats the throw, gets robbed by the ump, & TBS crew calls it a stupid move. How about way to catch Oakland napping & getting innto scoring position. Even though Fielder is up, the Tigers haven't hit a HR in 2 weeks. Crew & umps stink.
The announcers are barely paying attention to the game have long drawn out conversations about there personal experiences and completely miss what is going on. The camera work is pretty sloppy too.
Ernie Johnson, Ron Darling, Cal Ripken are the worst announcers I have heard announce a baseball game in my 50 plus years of watching baseball. I have to mute the sound to watch the games. TBS what were you thinking?
Hayhurst really gets on my nerves, prissy and arrogant. Did he ever pitch an inning without allowing a run?
Love this group, the other network MLB, those guys are getting on my nerves.
They have become silly, annoying
I watched the Reds-Pirates game last night. Then the Postseason Show came on with Keith Olbermann sitting there. "What's he doing on TBS?", I thought. Immediate channel change. I am not watching Keith Olbermann, period.
Mark Derosa of the Toronto Bluejays wil be a Guest Studio Analyst from Tuesday October 1st- Thursday October 3rd.
Here is what games each broadcasting crew will work for the MLB Playoffs on TBS this year-Ernie Johnson, Ron Darling, Cal Ripken and Field Level Reporter Craig Sager will be working the NL Wildcard game between the Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates, the NLDS between the Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves and the NLCS.
Brian Anderson,John Smoltz, Joe Simpson and Field Level Reporter Rachel Nichols will be working the Al Wildcard game between the Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians and ALDS between the Al Wildcard at Boston Redsox.
Dick Stockton, Bob Brenly and Matt Winer will be the Field Level Reporter for the NLDS between the NL Wildcard at Saint Louis Cardinals and lastly Don Orsillo,Dennis Eckersley, Buck Martinez and Field Level Reporter David Aldridge will be working the ALDS between the Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics.
Has anyone complained yet about the timing of the Cardinals vs wildcard game on Friday Oct. 4? I mean, seriously, who in Saint Louis is going to be able to watch this game and/or go to this game? Stay at home mothers and people who are unemployed? I'm sure there are going to be a lot of people trying to get rid of tickets at the last minute, and a lot of fans who are going to lose money over this, INCLUDING ME! Thanks TBS and MLB! The 12pm CDT Game time SUCKS!
Olberman will ruin the studio team. He speaks nonsense just to hear himself talk. He tries to be Bob Costas. Olberman lacks the insight and the sincere appreciation for the game to be credible.
@colinsteele Good stuff...unfortunately it will only make it harder to transition to McCarver & Buck during World Series...
I can think of a lot of other words to describe Olbermann's work in his return to ESPN: unoriginal, condescending, ridiculous, bad, self-righteous. He was a bad idea for TBS. There aren't really any non-baseball fans that are going to watch because he is in the booth. There are plenty of baseball fans that will not watch because Olbermann is a jerk who has alienated a ton of sports fans with his diatribes. Why don't we just have Chris Hayes, Ed Schulz maybe Chris Matthews over to announce the games? Fox doesn't use Sean Hannity during the Super Bowl, and that's for good reason, he would offend a portion of the audience as I am sure that some political jabs and statements are bound to come out. Is there going to be a drinking game for this guy swings and misses more often than Ted Cruz, or I haven't seen flailing like that since George Bush, etc. The guy who talked about Olbermann slurpers was spot on. I am sad that I won't be able to watch the games because of the lousy decisions made by TBS, and I won't watch on mute, because I will not give them a viewer in any way. I'll just watch gameday or gamecast.
Am I the only one who doesn't have a whole lot of desire at the moment to look forward to the upcoming Major League Baseball postseason? It's one thing to have to deal w/ Joe Buck on World Series telecasts and what not (for better or for worse, it has pretty much been prime for the course so to speak, for the 13 or so years). Thankfully, this will from my understanding however, be Tim McCarver's final year as Fox's top MLB analyst. With that being said however, I've personally boycotted much of Fox's MLB broadcasts (not necessarily simply because Joe Buck was calling the games) ever since they made the "NFL on Fox" theme music the universal Fox Sports theme music (including MLB beginning w/ the 2010 NLCS).Approaching TBS' own coverage this year will be quite a chore to deal w/ after learning that they hired Keith Olbermann to be their studio host for the playoffs. I really don't know what the hell Turner was thinking at hiring him. Olbermann, doesn't admittedly being very knowledgeable in baseball, is otherwise an extremely polarizing figure (he's kind of the modern day Howard Cosell in that you either love him or really hate him due to his pompous nature). Plus, why are you going to promote somebody who works for a direct competitor in ESPN? I don't understand why they couldn't have kept Matt Winer as the host. It seemed like Turner was really desperate (in the final year of the current MLB contract) to really generate a buzz in hiring Olbermann, despite his reputation of being egotistical and burning bridges.
I honestly have never heard him do any sort of studio work. He *is* a very engaging personality, but I have no idea how that's going to translate to TV
Joe Cal Ripken Jr. joined Ernie Johnson and John Smoltz in the Broadcast booth for TBS's coverage of the AL Wildcard Game and the ALDS between the New York Yankees VS Baltimore Orioles last year, before joining the Studio crew for TBS's coverage of the American League Championship Series and TBS had Shane Victorino as a Special Guest Studio Analyst for a few nights of their coverage of their MLB Division Series coverage.
TBS also last year had Ron Darling join Brian Anderson and Joe Simpson for TBS's coverage of the NLDS between the Cincinnati Reds VS the San Francisco Giants before joining Ernie Johnson and John Smoltz for TBS's coverage of the ALCS last year and lastly this year will be the 1st year that TBS has had Dennis Eckersley work in the broadcast Booth for their coverage of the MLB Playoffs too!!!
I am a little suprised that TBS is using old Studio Host Matt Winer as a Field Level Reporter for their coverage of the MLB Division Series this year, because that means that Jaime Maggio won't be a Field Level Reporter for TBS's coverage of the MLB Division Series this year, after working as a Field Level Reporter for TBS's coverage of the MLB Division Series for the last 2 years too!!!
Which is interestng because Jaime Maggio isn't working as a Sideline Reporter for the NFL on FOX either this year too, although she was a Sideline Reporter for Turner Sports and CBS's coverage of March Madness and for TNT's coverage of the NBA Playoffs this year however.
"Olbermann’s work in his return to ESPN has been fantastic"
Wouldn't be a sports media blog post without some Olbermann slurpage.
People will appreciate Orsillo and Eckersley. They are outstanding together on Red Sox broadcasts. I almost feel bad for Buck Martinez because he might not get what Eck says.
What are Joe Simpson's "awful qualities"? I live in Atlanta and always thought he was a solid analyst. Chip Caray, on the other hand.......
@washens Not a Dodgers fan but no one in the game calls it better than Vince Sculley. He's the best.
Vin really is awesome. Too bad next year is the last. Im a giants fan in bakersfield so I get dodgers feeds. I dont mind. We are pretty lucky to have miller too. But I could think of a lot worse than listening to Vin during a game. You know who he is rooting for but its not constantly in your face and it doesnt feel like nuthuggery. I hope be gets a real proper send off. He doesnt go on the road anymore so it might not be like mariano but as a diehard giants fan I have no problem saying Vin is a true pro and one hell of an announcer.
@CherylHansman That's TBS for you.
@devonborn51 A-men. The Tigers-A's announcers are the WORST I have ever heard. And I agree with CherylHansman. They don't announce the game, they talk about other stuff. When Mario Impemba and Rod Allen broadcast a game on Fox, you can close your eyes and still see the whole thing. These guys are pathetic. I am tuning in on some other radio channel if I can and muting the sound. May just have to turn it off. And another thing, they are totally anti-Tigers and biased in favor of the A's. Boo-hiss. Bad, bad choice, TBS.
@Gil_M ditto that
Even the bar where I watch the game mutes Olbermann. What were they thinking putting such a polarizing figure in a baseball studio?!
@CardinalFan Well, all the furloughed federal employees could have gone.
@CardinalFan CardinalFan the Saint Louis Cardinals game will be on MLB Network and not TBS this Friday,you do know that right???
@glebs282 I hope he does Indians games to be next to Rick Manning... that should be good fun!
@CUbsfan if you'd googled her, you'd have found the answer in 2 seconds... like I did: http://www.nba.com/lakers/releases/130911maggio_joins_twcs
@jimboh he's thick-headed, ignorant, resistant to change, and so on and so forth. Caray might make him seem worse than he really is.
@jimboh Chip Caray is a walking example of nepotism. Everything his father was, he isn't, and I have always wished he'd find another team to cover.
@CUbsfan @CardinalFan My thought was that they should cater to the fans more and split the market and have the midwest and northeast watching the Cardinals vs wild card, while they have he southeast and the west watching the Braves vs Dodgers game. I seriously don't think there is going to be a whole lot of the same people watching both games anyway.