Reynolds, Verducci to Replace McCarver on Fox's MLB Coverage

Pair To Join Buck for Broadcast, FS1 Telecasts 3/03/2014 2:19 PM Eastern


Fox Sports has its new A-Team for Major League Baseball coverage.

The network announced that Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci will join Joe Buck for Fox's signature baseball broadcasts this year, including July's All-Star Game from Minneapolis and this fall's World Series.

The duo effectively replaces Tim McCarver, who semi-retired following last season; McCarver will be a part-time broadcaster for St. Louis Cardinals games on Fox Sports Midwest.

With the new rights agreement kicking in this season, Fox is putting the majority of its baseball inventory on Fox Sports 1. The cable net will have regular Saturday broadcasts, including 20 doubleheaders; 10 exclusive to FS1 and 10 partnered with the Fox broadcast network.

The broadcast network is only scheduled for 12 telecasts during the regular season, as well as the All-Star Game, some divisional series games, the National League Championship Series and World Series. The final Saturdays of the season, coverage will be split between Fox and Fox Sports 1, with games announced at a later date.

Reporters Ken Rosenthal and Erin Andrews join the team throughout the regular season, All-Star Game and postseason, including the World Series. Fox Sports veterans Kenny Albert and Thom Brennaman also are scheduled for play-by-play assignments this season.

SportsNet New York's Kevin Burkhardt (who also calls NFL games for Fox) will helm Fox and Fox Sports 1 studio coverage, which leads into the April 5 opener during the 12:30 p.m. half hour. Frank Thomas, Eric Karros, CJ Nitkowski and Gabe Kapler will join him as analysts on a rotating basis. Burkhardt will continue his role as a field reporter for New York Mets games on SNY.

FS1 will also have a nightly baseball-only highlights show, MLB Whiparound, which debuts on what is nominally Opening Day on March 31. MLB Whiparound will air every weeknight around 10 p.m., except for most Wednesdays, when it will air at midnight.