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Baseball 2014: Tim McCarver plans to broadcast 30 Cardinals games, and Pudge Rodriguez joins 'Rangers Live' pregame and postgame shows

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by Mel Bracht Published: March 27, 2014
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photo -   In this Sept. 13, 2009, photo, Texas Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez pauses during a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Arlington, Texas. A person familiar with the planning tells The Associated Press that Rodriguez plans to announce his retirement Monday, April 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
In this Sept. 13, 2009, photo, Texas Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez pauses during a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Arlington, Texas. A person familiar with the planning tells The Associated Press that Rodriguez plans to announce his retirement Monday, April 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Texas Rangers

The Rangers will have at least 137 telecasts, including 129 on Fox Sports Oklahoma, five on Fox Sports 1 and three on Fox. Steve Busby returns for his second full season as play-by-play announcer, and former Rangers player and general manager Tom Grieve is back for his 20th season as analyst for most games. McLemore will work as the analyst with Busby for about 25 home and road games. Emily Jones will return in 2014 in an expanded role as a reporter for most home telecasts and a few road broadcasts, and Jim Knox again will be a reporter for home games. Dallas station KTXA once again will air a package of 25 Friday night games, most of which will air on The Cox Channel (channels 3 and 703) in Oklahoma City.

Kansas City Royals

About 50 Royals telecasts will be available, including 44 from Fox Sports Kansas City that will be available on FSOK Plus, four on Fox Sports 1 and two on Fox. Ryan Lefebvre and Steve Physioc will split play-by-play duties, working with analyst Rex Hudler. Reporter Joel Goldberg also will host the pregame and postgame shows with Jeff Montgomery.

Chicago Cubs

WGN will air 71 Cubs telecasts along with “Lead-Off Man” pregame and “10th Inning” postgame shows for select games. Len Kasper returns for his 10th season as the Cubs’ TV voice, working with former pitcher Jim Deshaies, who is back for his second season.

Chicago White Sox

WGN also will broadcast 30 White Sox games. Play-by-play announcer Ken “Hawk” Harrelson and former White Sox pitcher Steve Stone are back for their sixth season together.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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