Sports media notebook: Fox hires Harold Reynolds, Tom Verducci to join Joe Buck in three-man baseball both

Trio will debut April 5 with San Francisco at L.A. Dodgers on Fox Sports 1
by Mel Bracht Published: March 3, 2014

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.

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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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