MLB Playoffs: Don Orsillo and Dennis Eckersley Not Broadcasting for Boston Red Sox on TBS

By Carter Roane
Greg M.Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 MLB Postseason is about ready to start, and TBS is going to be carrying a lot of the action. That’s great, because they always seem to have top-notch announcers and analysts who really take their job seriously and are knowledgeable about what they talk about. It is a lot more enjoyable listening to any of their announcers rather than hearing Joe Buck and Tim McCarver babble on over at Fox. I am disappointed with one turn of events regarding the announcing teams.

NESN’s Don Orsillo works for TBS during the postseason. Dennis Eckersley, who does a lot of color commentary for NESN and has filled in quite a lot in Jerry Remy‘s absence, also works for TBS. They will be working as a team, which is always enjoyable because they have announced together a lot and you can tell they really enjoy working with each other. They are both very good at what they do as well. However, they will not be announcing the Boston Red Sox and whoever wins the Wild Card Play In game Division Series, which doesn’t make any sense.

I understand that there is a reason behind it, but wouldn’t it have been great to have the local team broadcasting on a national stage? They could offer a lot more insight regarding Boston, since they have seen them and followed them all year. Statistics, stories and deep insight would be easy for them to do because they are so familiar with the team, and they could easily talk about how much more successful this year has been as opposed to last year. There has been a precedent in an announcer covering his own team. Brian Anderson is the Milwaukee Brewer’s play-by-play announcer and he covered them for TBS when they were in the Division Series in 2008. I had never heard him announce before but, he had instant credibility because he works for them.

Have you ever heard the call when Carlton Fisk hit that classic home run in the 1975 World Series? It was broadcast on NBC, but you don’t hear their announcer, Joe Garagiola. Nope, the man who will be forever remembered for one of the greatest calls in sports was Dick Stockton, who worked for TV-38 in Boston at the time. Vin Scully, legendary voice for the Los Angeles Dodgers, covered them during the 1988 World Series for NBC when Kirk Gibson hit his unforgettable home run. There used to be a time in broadcasting where the play-by-play announcer of their team worked the World Series. It would have been great hearing Orsillo and Eckersley, two of the best in the business passionately making the calls for their own team. I guess that means I will have to stay up late and watch the Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers to enjoy them.


Carter Roane is a Boston Red Sox writer for Follow him on Twitter@CarterGRoane, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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