Fox Sports plans to use a three-man booth this season in replacing Tim McCarver as lead analyst. Former second baseman Harold Reynolds will team with Sports Illustrated writer Tom Verducci on the No. 1 broadcast team, joining play-by-play announcer Joe Buck. Reynolds and Verducci also will continue to work for MLB Network.
In a conference call Monday, the three said they hit it off in a tryout broadcast. “Each is extremely talented and brings a unique voice and role, and we look forward seeing this team’s chemistry develop throughout the season,” said executive producer John Entz.
The trio will make their debut at 3 p.m. April 5 with San Francisco at L.A. Dodgers on Fox Sports 1. The first game of the doubleheader that day will be Minnesota at Cleveland at noon.
Fox Sports will be airing 20 Saturday doubleheaders this season, 10 on Fox Sports 1 and 10 split between FS1 and Fox. The first Fox broadcast will be 6 p.m. May 24 with three games, including St. Louis at Cincinnati.
Kevin Burkhardt will host the Fox studio show with a rotation of analysts, including Hall of Famer Frank Thomas, former Dodger great Eric Karros, former outfielder Gabe Kapler and former pitcher C.J. Nitkowski. Fox Sports Live’s Ryan Field also will will host during the regular season.
Fox Sports 1 also announced expanded studio coverage with “MLB Whiparound” on weeknights with highlights of in-progress games, news and analysis from Los Angeles. Chris Myers will host, with one or two analysts from the Thomas, Karros, Kapler and Nitkowski roster. The show, which debuts March 31, will air 9-10 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights and 11 a.m.-midnight most Wednesdays.
• Michelle Beadle, who left ESPN for the NBC Sports Network, returned to “SportsNation” on ESPN2 Monday, hosting the show alongside commentators Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley.
• As selected by fan voting, the Houston Rockets will host the Miami Heat in the first game of NBA TV’s Fan Night doubleheader at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The second game will be New Orleans Pelicans at Los Angeles Lakers at 9:30 p.m.
• Former Seattle SuperSonics voice Kevin Calabro has signed a multi-year extension to remain ESPN Radio’s lead NBA play-by-play voice. He will work with lead NBA analyst Jon Barry, as well as P.J. Carlesimo and Stan Van Gundy.
• The final site for ESPN’s “College GameDay” this season will be Durham, N.C., to preview the North Carolina at Duke game at 8 p.m. Saturday on ESPN.