Behind the Broadcast: Martinez gets support to replace McCarver
The career of long-time Major League Baseball analyst Tim McCarver will be coming to an end as early as Monday, if the World Series ends then. He’s had a long career, and has been equally disliked by fans and liked.
Next year, FOX Sports will have a new analyst to join play-by-play Joe Buck on the No. 1 broadcast team. But who will it be?
Here are my five candidates for the job.
Pedro Martinez. The former pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies was outstanding in the studio during TBS’ playoff coverage. He was opinionated. That should come as no surprise because he was never afraid to say what was on his mind during his outstanding playing career.
Ron Darling. He is excellent on SNY’s Mets telecasts. I enjoy listening to him, play-by-play man Gary Cohen and analyst Keith Hernandez. Darling also works on several of TBS’ Sunday afternoon games, and he recently signed a contract extension with TBS, so that probably precludes him from taking a run at the FOX job.
AJ Pierzynski. He is still an active player for the Texas Rangers. But the veteran major league catcher has always been called in by FOX during its World
Series coverage to serve as a studio analyst. Like Martinex, Pierzynski is no-nonsense guy.
Tom Verducci. An insider for MLB Network and one-time Newsday baseball writer, Verducci has worked as an anlayst on games for FOX and MLB Network. He would be a different choice because he wasn’t a major league player.
Jim Kaat. An old-school player and an announcer. Kaat works several Thursday night games on MLB Network and had been on Yankees’ telecasts. He tells it like it is. But Kaat turns 75 Nov. 7, and he may not want to commit to working every week.
Through two games of the World Series, FOX is averaging an 8.5 rating, a 14 share and 13.9 million viewers, it was announced Friday.
The rating is up 10 percent and viewership up 13 percent over last year’s 7.7/12 (12.3 million viewers for Detroit-San Francisco). FOX’s League Championship Series/World Series postseason average is up 16 percent from last year (5.7/10, six ALCS games, two World Series games) vs. (4.9/8, seven NLCS games, two World Series games).
football tv schedule
Here are the NFL and college games that will be on TV over the next week. Announcers, in order of play-by-play, analyst and sideline reporter, are in parentheses.
FOX23 (WXXA) — N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (Kenny Albert/Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa); Washington at Denver, 4:25 p.m. (Thom Brennaman/Troy Aikman/Pam Oliver).
CBS6 (WRGB) — N.Y. Jets at Cincinnati, 4:05 p.m. (Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots).
NBC13 (WNYT) — Green Bay at Minnesota, 8:30 p.m. (Al Michaels/Cris Collinsworth/Michele Tafoya).
DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket — Dallas at Detroit, 1 p.m. (Dick Stockton/Brian Billick/Laura Okmin); San Francisco vs. Jacksonville at London, 1 p.m. Chris Myers/Tim Ryan/Jennifer Hale); Cleveland at Kansas City, 1 p.m. (Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts); Miami at New England, 1 p.m. (Jim Nantz/Phil Simms); Buffalo at New Orleans, 1 p.m. (Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf); Pittsburgh at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. (Spero Dedes/Steve Beuerlein); Atlanta at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. (Kevin Burkhardt/John Lynch).
ESPN — Seattle at St. Louis, 8:25 p.m. (Mike Tirico/Jon Gruden/Lisa Salters).
NFL Network — Cincinnati at Miami, 8:20 p.m. (Brad Nessler/Mike Mayock/Alex Flanagan).
ESPN — Nebraska at Minnesota, noon (Dave Pasch/Brian Griese/Tom Luginbill); Clemson at Maryland, 3:30 p.m. (Mike Patrick/Ed Cunningham/Jeannine Edwards); UCLA at Oregon, 7 p.m. (Brent Musburger/Kirk Herbstreit/Heather Cox); Stanford at Oregon State, 10:30 p.m. (Mark Jones/Brock Huard/Kaylee Hartung).
ESPN2 — Louisville at South Florida, noon (Beth Mowins/Joey Galloway/Paul Carcaterra); Michigan State at Illinois,
3:30 p.m. (Bob Wischusen/Rod Gilmore/Quint Kessenich); South Carolina at Missouri, 7 p.m. (Joe Tessitore/Matt Millen/Maria Taylor); Fresno State at San Diego State, 10:30 p.m. (Dave Flemming/David Diaz-Infante/Allison Williams).
ESPNEWS — Houston at Rutgers, noon (Dave Lamont/Ray Bentley).
SNY — Connecticut at Central Florida, noon (Eamon McAnaney/Anthony Becht/Brooke Weisbrod); Towson at Richmond (same-day tape), 3:30 p.m.
MSG — Vanderbilt at Texas A&M, noon (Dave Neal/Andre Ware/Cara Capuano).
MSG Plus — Oklahoma State at Iowa State, noon; (Mark Followill/Brian Baldinger/J.C. Pearson).
ESPNU — Wake Forest at Miami, noon (Tom Hart/John Congemi); Duke at Virginia Tech, 3:30 p.m. (Anish Shroff/Kelly Stouffer); Baylor at Kansas, 7 p.m. (Clay Matvick/Matt Stinchcomb/Dawn Davenport).
BTN — Northwestern at Iowa, noon (Matt Devlin/Glen Mason/Jon Jansen).
NBC13 — Georgia Tech at Virginia, 12:30 p.m. (Steve Martin/Dave Archer/Rachel Baribeau).
CBSSN — Pittsburgh at Navy, 1 p.m. (Brad Johansen/Randy Cross/Sheehan Stanwick-Burch); Notre Dame at Air Force, 5 p.m. (Andrew Catalon/Aaron Taylor/Lauren Gardner).
ESPN3 — Ball State at Akron, noon (Mike Reghi/Greg Graber); Liberty at Gardner Webb, 1:30 p.m.; Miami (Ohio) at Ohio, 2 p.m. (Dave Weekley/Dustin Fox); Toledo at Bowling Green, 2:30 p.m. (Jim Barbar/Rocky Boiman); Temple at SMU, 3 p.m. (Shawn Kenney/Pete Najarian); Western Michigan at UMass, 3 p.m. (Bob Picozzi/Matt Chattam); Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois, 3:30 p.m.; Buffalo at Kent State, 3:30 p.m.; Alabama A&M at Alabama State, 3:30 p.m. (Joe Davis/Jay Walker) (this game will be on tape delay ESPNU at 10:30 p.m.); Troy at Western Kentucky, 4 p.m. (John Sada/John Gregory); UNLV at Nevada, 4 p.m. (Trey Bender/Kevin O’Connell); Georgia State at Louisiana Monroe, 7 p.m. (Drew Fellios/Stan Lewter); South Alabama at Texas State,
7 p.m. (Brock Bowling/KC Keeler); Furman at LSU, 7 p.m.; Idaho at Mississippi, 7:30 p.m. (Matt Stewart/Chris Doering/Joe Budden); Florida Atlantic at Auburn, 7:30 p.m. (Bob Rathbun/Tim Couch/Elizabeth Moreau); Lamar at Southeast Louisiana, 8 p.m.
CBS6 — Tennessee at Alabama, 3:30 p.m. (Verne Lundquist/Gary Danielson/Tracy Wolfson).
ABC10 (WTEN) — North Carolina State at Florida State, 3:30 p.m. (Sean McDonough/Chris Spielman/Shannon Spake); Penn State at Ohio State, 8 p.m. (Brad Nessler/Todd Blackledge/Holly Rowe).
FOX23 — Texas Tech at Oklahoma, 3:30 p.m. (Gus Johnson/Charles Davis/Kristina Pink).
FS1 — West Virginia at Kansas State, 3:45 p.m. (Adam Alexander/Chris Simms); Texas at Texas Christian, 7:30 p.m. (Craig Bolerjack/Joey Harrington/Ryan Nece); California at Washington, 11 p.m. (Justin Kutcher/James Bates/Brady Poppinga).
Pac-12 — Utah at Southern California, 4 p.m. (Kevin Calabro/Yogi Roth/Jill Savage); Arizona at Colorado, 8 p.m. (Ted Robinson/Glenn Parker/Drea Avent).
YES — Boston College at North Carolina, 3:30 p.m. (Wes Durham/Brian Stann/Jenn Hildreth).
FOX College Sports Atlantic — Princeton at Harvard, 1 p.m.
FOX College Sports Central — Wisconsin-Stout at Wisconsin-Platteville, 3:30 p.m.; North Texas at Southern Mississippi, 7 p.m. (Brendan Burke/Ben Leber/Lesley McCaslin).
FOX College Sports Pacific — Abilene Christian at New Mexico State, 9:30 p.m. (Glen Cerny/Danny Knee)
ESPN2 — Cincinnati at Memphis, 8 p.m. (Joe Davis/David Diaz-Infante).
ESPN — South Florida at Houston, 7:30 p.m. (Rece Davis/Jesse Palmer and David Pollack/Samantha Ponder); Arizona State at Washington State, 10:30 p.m.
FS1 — Rice at North Texas, 7:30 p.m. (Justin Kutcher/Petros Papadakis and Joel Klatt/Kristina Pink).
CBSSN — Shippensburg at Bloomsburg, 8 p.m.
ESPN — Southern California at Oregon State, 9 p.m. (Carter Blackburn/Danny Kanell/Allison Williams).