Feb 28, 2014
By Richard Sandomir
From : The New York Times
Fox Sports knew last season that it would have to replace Tim McCarver, its lead analyst for Major League Baseball since 1996, who turned 72 during last year’s postseason.
On Monday, Fox will announce that two people will replace him: Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci.
They are well known in baseball, though not primarily as game analysts. Reynolds has largely spent his broadcasting career as a studio commentator at ESPN and, more recently, at MLB Network, and he has been in the booth only occasionally.
For Reynolds, a former major league second baseman, the position is a further step in a comeback since ESPN fired him in 2006 over a sexual harassment complaint. He has made his return steadily, working at MLB.com, SNY, TBS and, most prominently, MLB Network.
Verducci, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, has worked as a field reporter at TBS for playoff games and as a reporter for MLB Network, where he called some games. He also worked for Fox last season as a game analyst, presumably as a kind of a screen test.
Verducci will remain with MLB Network but will not work at TBS.
The Big Lead website was the first to report the hirings.
McCarver, of course, has not retired. He announced last month that he would call about 30 games for the St. Louis Cardinals on Fox Sports Midwest.
For Fox, the 2014 season is one of substantial change. The schedule of two or three regional games each Saturday on the Fox broadcast network has been slashed drastically. But Fox Sports 1, in its first baseball season since its launch in August, will carry 40 games, mostly on Saturdays, often as parts of a doubleheader, and occasionally during the week.
Fox has not clarified how many games the play-by-play announcer Joe Buck, Reynolds and Verducci will call. A Fox spokesman declined to comment.
Another analyst Fox is likely to hire is John Smoltz, whose contract at TBS has expired. He also called games at MLB Network.
Now that Fox Sports 1 has a studio for baseball programming, Fox will no longer use MLB Network’s studio announcers for the pregame show, as it did the past two seasons.