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List of National League Division Series broadcasters

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The following is a list of the national television and radio networks and announcers who have broadcast the National League Division Series. It does not include any announcers who may have appeared on local radio broadcasts produced by the participating teams.

Television

2020s

Year Series Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Field reporter(s)
2020 Los Angeles Dodgers/San Diego Padres FS1 (Games 1–2) Joe Davis John Smoltz Ken Rosenthal
MLB Network (Game 3) Matt Vasgersian Jon Paul Morosi
Atlanta Braves/Miami Marlins FS1 (Games 1, 3) Adam Amin A. J. Pierzynski and Adam Wainwright Tom Verducci
MLB Network (Game 2) Matt Vasgersian Jim Kaat and Buck Showalter

2010s

Year Series Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Field reporter(s)
2019 Los Angeles Dodgers/Washington Nationals TBS Ernie Johnson Jeff Francoeur Alex Chappell
Atlanta Braves/St. Louis Cardinals Brian Anderson Ron Darling Lauren Shehadi
2018 Milwaukee Brewers/Colorado Rockies FS1 (Game 1) Kenny Albert David Cone and A. J. Pierzynski Jon Paul Morosi
MLB Network (Games 2–3) Bob Costas Jim Kaat
Los Angeles Dodgers/Atlanta Braves MLB Network (Game 1) Bob Costas John Smoltz Tom Verducci
FS1 (Games 2–4) Joe Davis Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci
2017 Los Angeles Dodgers/Arizona Diamondbacks TBS Brian Anderson Dennis Eckersley and Joe Simpson Lauren Shehadi
Washington Nationals/Chicago Cubs Ernie Johnson Ron Darling Sam Ryan
2016 Chicago Cubs/San Francisco Giants FS1 (Games 1, 3–4) Matt Vasgersian John Smoltz Ken Rosenthal
MLB Network (Game 2) Bob Costas
Washington Nationals/Los Angeles Dodgers FS1 (Games 1–2, 4–5) Kenny Albert Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci Jon Paul Morosi
MLB Network (Game 3) Bob Costas Jim Kaat
2015 St. Louis Cardinals/Chicago Cubs TBS Brian Anderson Dennis Eckersley and Joe Simpson Matt Winer
Los Angeles Dodgers/New York Mets Ernie Johnson Ron Darling and Cal Ripken Sam Ryan
2014 Washington Nationals/San Francisco Giants FS1 (Games 1–2, 4)[1] Matt Vasgersian John Smoltz Jon Paul Morosi
MLB Network (Game 3) Sam Ryan
Los Angeles Dodgers/St. Louis Cardinals FS1 (Games 1, 3–4) Joe Buck Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci Ken Rosenthal
Erin Andrews (Games 1, 4)
MLB Network (Game 2) Bob Costas Ken Rosenthal
2013 Atlanta Braves/Los Angeles Dodgers TBS Ernie Johnson Ron Darling and Cal Ripken Craig Sager
St. Louis Cardinals/Pittsburgh Pirates TBS (Games 1, 3–5) Dick Stockton Bob Brenly Matt Winer
MLB Network (Game 2) Bob Costas Jim Kaat Sam Ryan
2012 Cincinnati Reds/San Francisco Giants TBS (Game 1, 3–5) Brian Anderson Ron Darling and Joe Simpson Tom Verducci
TNT (Game 2)
Washington Nationals/St. Louis Cardinals TBS (Games 1–2, 4–5) Dick Stockton Bob Brenly David Aldridge
MLB Network[2] (Game 3) Bob Costas[3] Jim Kaat Sam Ryan
2011[4] Milwaukee Brewers/Arizona Diamondbacks TBS (Games 1–2, 4–5) Victor Rojas Joe Simpson Sam Ryan
TNT (Game 3)
Philadelphia Phillies/St. Louis Cardinals TBS Dick Stockton Bob Brenly (Games 1–4)
Ron Darling and John Smoltz (Game 5)[5]
Craig Sager
2010[6] Philadelphia Phillies/Cincinnati Reds TBS Brian Anderson Joe Simpson David Aldridge
San Francisco Giants/Atlanta Braves Dick Stockton Bob Brenly Tom Verducci

Notes

  • TNT was scheduled to air three entire Division Series games in 2011 due to conflicts with TBS. On October 1, it aired Game 2 of the Tampa Bay Rays vs. the Texas Rangers at 7 p.m. ET, which overlapped with the end of Game 1 of the St. Louis Cardinals vs. the Philadelphia Phillies and the continuation of Game 1 of the Detroit Tigers vs. the New York Yankees on TBS. (The latter was also to have been Game 2, but Game 1 was suspended after 1+12 innings due to rain.) On October 2, it aired the rescheduled Game 2 between the Tigers and the Yankees at 3 p.m. ET, two hours before Game 2 of the Arizona Diamondbacks vs. the Milwaukee Brewers on TBS. On October 4, it aired Game 3 of the Diamondbacks vs. the Brewers at 9:30 p.m. ET, one hour after Game 3 of the Tigers vs. the Yankees started on TBS.
  • For the 2012 and 2013 seasons, TBS has been awarded the rights to televise both Wild Card Playoff games that occur on the day before the Division Series games. In exchange, MLB Network has been awarded the rights to televise two of the Division Series games that previously belonged to TBS.[7]
  • Beginning in 2014, when Fox Sports began a new television contract with Major League Baseball, FS1 airs 40 regular season MLB games (mostly on Saturdays), along with up to 15 post-season games (eight Divisional Series games and one best-of-7 League Championship Series). The deal resulted in a reduction of MLB coverage on the Fox network, which will air 12 regular season games, the All-Star Game, and the World Series.[8]

2000s

Year Series Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Field reporter(s)
2009 Los Angeles Dodgers/St. Louis Cardinals TBS Dick Stockton Bob Brenly Tom Verducci
Philadelphia Phillies/Colorado Rockies Brian Anderson Joe Simpson David Aldridge
2008 Chicago Cubs/Los Angeles Dodgers TBS Dick Stockton Ron Darling and Tony Gwynn Tom Verducci
Philadelphia Phillies/Milwaukee Brewers Brian Anderson Joe Simpson and John Smoltz David Aldridge
2007 Arizona Diamondbacks/Chicago Cubs TBS Dick Stockton Ron Darling Marc Fein
Philadelphia Phillies/Colorado Rockies Don Orsillo Joe Simpson David Aldridge
2006 New York Mets/Los Angeles Dodgers ESPN (Game 1) Gary Thorne Joe Morgan and Steve Phillips
Fox (Games 2–3) Thom Brennaman Steve Lyons (Game 2)
Tim McCarver (Game 3)
San Diego Padres/St. Louis Cardinals ESPN (in San Diego) Chris Berman Orel Hershiser
ESPN2 (Game 3) Jon Miller Joe Morgan
Fox (Game 4) Thom Brennaman Tim McCarver
2005 St. Louis Cardinals/San Diego Padres ESPN (Games 1, 3) Jon Miller Joe Morgan
ESPN2 (Game 2) Dave O'Brien Steve Phillips and Eric Karros
Atlanta Braves/Houston Astros ESPN (Games 1, 4) Dave O'Brien Steve Phillips and Eric Karros (Game 1)
Rick Sutcliffe (Game 4)
Fox (Games 2–3) Thom Brennaman (Game 2)
Josh Lewin (Game 3)
Steve Lyons
2004 St. Louis Cardinals/Los Angeles Dodgers ESPN (Game 1) Jon Miller Joe Morgan
Fox (Games 2–4) Joe Buck (Game 2)
Thom Brennaman (in Los Angeles)
Tim McCarver
Atlanta Braves/Houston Astros ESPN (Games 1–2, 4) Dave O'Brien (Games 1–3)
Jon Miller (Game 4)
Jeff Brantley and David Justice (Games 1–3)
Joe Morgan (Game 4)
ESPN2 (Game 3)
Fox (Game 5) Josh Lewin Steve Lyons
2003 San Francisco Giants/Florida Marlins ESPN (in San Francisco) Chris Berman (Games 1–3)
Dave O'Brien (Game 4)
Rick Sutcliffe and Tony Gwynn
ESPN2 (in Florida)
Atlanta Braves/Chicago Cubs Fox (Games 1, 4–5[9]) Thom Brennaman Steve Lyons (Games 1, 4)
Tim McCarver (Game 5)
ESPN (Games 2–3) Jon Miller Joe Morgan
2002 Atlanta Braves/San Francisco Giants ABC Family (Game 1) Dave O'Brien Tony Gwynn
Fox (Games 2, 4–5) Thom Brennaman (Games 2, 4)
Josh Lewin (Game 3)
Joe Buck (Game 5)
Steve Lyons (Games 2–4)
Tim McCarver (Game 5)
FX (Game 3)
Arizona Diamondbacks/St. Louis Cardinals ABC Family Chris Berman (in Arizona)
Jon Miller (in St. Louis)
Rick Sutcliffe (in Arizona)
Joe Morgan (in St. Louis)
2001 Arizona Diamondbacks/St. Louis Cardinals Fox Family (Games 1–4) Thom Brennaman (Games 1–2)
Joe Buck (Games 3–5)
Steve Lyons (Games 1–2)
Tim McCarver (Games 3–5)
Fox (Game 5)
Houston Astros/Atlanta Braves Fox Family (in Houston) Kenny Albert Rod Allen
Fox (in Atlanta) Mel Proctor
2000 San Francisco Giants/New York Mets ESPN (Games 1, 4) Jon Miller Joe Morgan
Fox (Games 2–3) Thom Brennaman (Game 2)
Joe Buck (Game 3)
Bob Brenly (Game 2)
Tim McCarver (Game 3)
St. Louis Cardinals/Atlanta Braves ESPN Jon Miller Buck Martinez (Games 1, 3)
Joe Morgan (Game 2)

Notes

  • ABC Family's coverage of the 2002 Division Series was produced by ESPN. The reason that games were on ABC Family instead of ESPN was because The Walt Disney Company (ESPN's parent company) bought Fox Family from News Corporation. The ABC Family/ESPN inherited Division Series package was included in Fox's then exclusive television contract with Major League Baseball (initiated in 2001). ABC Family had no other choice but to fulfill the contract handed to them. The only usage of the ABC Family "bug" was for a ten-second period when returning from a commercial break (in the lower right corner of the screen).
  • During the 2006 League Division Series on ESPN, Joe Morgan left Game 1 of the Dodgers-Mets series after six innings in order to call Game 2 of the Tigers-Yankees game that same night (October 4). However, the latter game was ultimately rained out.
  • Turner Sports provided a provisional plan in which if a League Division Series game televised on TBS ran into the start of the next LDS game scheduled to air on TBS, then TNT would provide supplementary coverage of the latter games' early moments. To be more specific, all games in the Division Series round were presented back-to-back, with each game scheduled for a 3½-hour window. If a game exceeded this window, the first pitch of the next game would be switched to TNT. If a game ended within 3½ hours, the studio team would return for interstitial programming.
    • In 2007, TBS switched the starts of four games to TNT in the Division Series round because the previous games exceeded the time limit. TNT was also scheduled to air Game 4 of the Diamondbacks-Cubs series, which overlapped with Game 3 of the Red Sox-Angels series, but the former game was not played; the night before, the D-Backs completed a three-game sweep of the Cubs.

1990s

Year Series Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Field reporter(s)
1999 Atlanta Braves/Houston Astros ESPN Jon Miller Rick Sutcliffe (Games 1, 3–4)
Joe Morgan (Game 2)
Arizona Diamondbacks/New York Mets ESPN (in Arizona[10]) Chris Berman Ray Knight and Buck Martinez
ESPN2 (Game 4)
NBC (Game 3) Bob Costas Joe Morgan
1998 Houston Astros/San Diego Padres ESPN (Games 1–3) Jon Miller Joe Morgan (in Houston)
Ray Knight (Game 3)
Fox (Game 4) Thom Brennaman Bob Brenly
Atlanta Braves/Chicago Cubs ESPN (Game 1) Jon Miller Joe Carter
Fox (Game 2) Thom Brennaman Bob Brenly
NBC (Game 3) Bob Costas Joe Morgan
1997 San Francisco Giants/Florida Marlins ESPN (in Florida) Chris Berman Ray Knight
NBC (in San Francisco) Bob Costas Joe Morgan and Bob Uecker
Houston Astros/Atlanta Braves ESPN Jon Miller Joe Morgan (Game 1)
Reggie Jackson (Games 2–3)
1996 San Diego Padres/St. Louis Cardinals ESPN (in St. Louis) Chris Berman Buck Martinez
NBC (in San Diego[11]) Bob Costas Joe Morgan and Bob Uecker
Atlanta Braves/Los Angeles Dodgers ESPN (Game 1) Chris Berman Buck Martinez
Fox (Games 2–3) Joe Buck Tim McCarver
Bob Brenly (Game 3)
Chip Caray and Dave Winfield (Game 2)
1995 Atlanta Braves/Colorado Rockies NBC (in Denver[12]) Pete Van Wieren (Games 1–3)
Al Michaels (Game 4)
Larry Dierker (Games 1–3)
Jim Palmer and Tim McCarver (Game 4)
ABC (in Atlanta)
Cincinnati Reds/Los Angeles Dodgers NBC (in Los Angeles[13]) Greg Gumbel Joe Morgan
ABC (in Cincinnati) Al Michaels Jim Palmer and Tim McCarver

Notes

  • 1995 marked the only year of postseason coverage provided by "The Baseball Network", which was a revenue sharing joint venture between Major League Baseball, ABC and NBC. "The Baseball Network" was also scheduled to cover the Division Series in 1994, but plans were scrapped when a strike caused the postseason to be canceled. All games in the first two rounds (including the League Championship Series) were scheduled in the same time slot for regional telecasts. Initially, under the alternating six-year plan, ABC would've covered the Division Series in even numbered years (as well as the World Series in even numbered years) while NBC would've covered the Division Series in odd numbered years (in even numbered years, they would've gotten the rights to the All-Star Game and League Championship Series).
  • From 19962000, NBC aired LDS games on Tuesday/Friday/Saturday nights. Fox aired LDS games on Wednesday/Thursday nights, Saturdays in the late afternoon, plus Sunday/Monday nights (if necessary). Meanwhile, ESPN carried many afternoon LDS contests. At this point, all playoff games were nationally televised (mostly in unopposed timeslots).

1981

Year Series Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s)
1981 Los Angeles Dodgers/Houston Astros[14] NBC Joe Garagiola Tony Kubek
Montreal Expos/Philadelphia Phillies Dick Enberg Tom Seaver

Notes

Radio

National

2020s

Year Series Network Play-by-play Color commentators
2020 Los Angeles Dodgers/San Diego Padres ESPN Jon Sciambi Kyle Peterson
Atlanta Braves/Miami Marlins Karl Ravech Tim Kurkjian
Notes
  • Due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, all of ESPN Radio's commentators for the 2020 postseason called the games at the ESPN studios in Bristol, Connecticut.[16]

2010s

Year Series Network Play-by-play Color commentator
2019 Los Angeles Dodgers/Washington Nationals ESPN Jon Sciambi Jessica Mendoza
Atlanta Braves/St. Louis Cardinals Chris Berman (Games 1–2, 4–5)
Adam Amin (Game 3)
Rick Sutcliffe
2018 Milwaukee Brewers/Colorado Rockies ESPN Dan Shulman Chris Singleton
Los Angeles Dodgers/Atlanta Braves Chris Berman Rick Sutcliffe
2017 Los Angeles Dodgers/Arizona Diamondbacks ESPN Dan Shulman Aaron Boone
Washington Nationals/Chicago Cubs Dave Flemming Jessica Mendoza
2016 Chicago Cubs/San Francisco Giants ESPN Dan Shulman Aaron Boone
Washington Nationals/Los Angeles Dodgers Dave O'Brien Jim Bowden
2015 St. Louis Cardinals/Chicago Cubs ESPN Dan Shulman Aaron Boone
Los Angeles Dodgers/New York Mets Jon Sciambi Chris Singleton
2014 Washington Nationals/San Francisco Giants ESPN Dave O'Brien John Kruk
Los Angeles Dodgers/St. Louis Cardinals Dan Shulman Aaron Boone
2013 Atlanta Braves/Los Angeles Dodgers ESPN Dan Shulman Orel Hershiser
St. Louis Cardinals/Pittsburgh Pirates Dave Flemming Rick Sutcliffe
2012 Cincinnati Reds/San Francisco Giants ESPN Gary Cohen (Games 1–2)
Chris Berman (Games 3–5)
Rick Sutcliffe
Washington Nationals/St. Louis Cardinals Jon Sciambi Chris Singleton
2011 Milwaukee Brewers/Arizona Diamondbacks ESPN Dave O'Brien (Games 1–2)
Chris Berman (Games 3–5)
Rick Sutcliffe (Games 1–4)
Buck Martinez (Game 5)
Philadelphia Phillies/St. Louis Cardinals Jon Sciambi Chris Singleton
2010 Philadelphia Phillies/Cincinnati Reds ESPN Jon Sciambi Dave Campbell
San Francisco Giants/Atlanta Braves Chris Berman (Games 1–2)
Dave O'Brien (Game 3–4)
Rick Sutcliffe

2000s

Year Series Network Play-by-play Color commentator
2009 Los Angeles Dodgers/St. Louis Cardinals ESPN Jon Sciambi Aaron Boone
Philadelphia Phillies/Colorado Rockies Chris Berman (in Philadelphia)
Gary Thorne (in Denver)
Rick Sutcliffe (in Philadelphia)
Chris Singleton (in Denver)
2008 Chicago Cubs/Los Angeles Dodgers ESPN Jon Miller Rick Sutcliffe (in Chicago)
Robin Ventura (in Los Angeles)
Philadelphia Phillies/Milwaukee Brewers Michael Kay Steve Phillips
2007 Arizona Diamondbacks/Chicago Cubs ESPN Jon Sciambi Buck Martinez
Philadelphia Phillies/Colorado Rockies Gary Thorne Steve Phillips
2006 New York Mets/Los Angeles Dodgers ESPN Dan Shulman Dave Campbell
San Diego Padres/St. Louis Cardinals Wayne Hagin Luis Gonzalez
2005 St. Louis Cardinals/San Diego Padres ESPN Gary Cohen Luis Gonzalez
Atlanta Braves/Houston Astros Jim Durham John Franco
2004 St. Louis Cardinals/Los Angeles Dodgers ESPN Gary Cohen Luis Gonzalez
Atlanta Braves/Houston Astros Jim Durham Rich Aurilia
2003 San Francisco Giants/Florida Marlins ESPN Jim Durham Joe Girardi
Atlanta Braves/Chicago Cubs Gary Cohen Luis Gonzalez
2002 Atlanta Braves/San Francisco Giants ESPN Gary Cohen Rob Dibble
Arizona Diamondbacks/St. Louis Cardinals Jim Durham Buck Showalter
2001 Arizona Diamondbacks/St. Louis Cardinals ESPN Charley Steiner Dave Campbell
Houston Astros/Atlanta Braves Wayne Hagin Buck Showalter
2000 San Francisco Giants/New York Mets ESPN Charley Steiner Dave Campbell
St. Louis Cardinals/Atlanta Braves Wayne Hagin Mark Grace

1990s

Year Series Network Play-by-play Color commentator
1999 Atlanta Braves/Houston Astros ESPN Jim Durham Mark Grace
Arizona Diamondbacks/New York Mets Charley Steiner Dusty Baker[17]
1998 Houston Astros/San Diego Padres ESPN Charley Steiner Rick Sutcliffe
Atlanta Braves/Chicago Cubs Gary Cohen Kevin Kennedy
1997 San Francisco Giants/Florida Marlins CBS Jerry Coleman Hank Greenwald
Houston Astros/Atlanta Braves Gene Elston Gary Cohen
1996 San Diego Padres/St. Louis Cardinals CBS Gene Elston Gary Cohen
Atlanta Braves/Los Angeles Dodgers Jerry Coleman Jim Hunter
1995 Atlanta Braves/Colorado Rockies CBS Gene Elston Gary Cohen
Cincinnati Reds/Los Angeles Dodgers Jerry Coleman Jim Hunter

1981

Year Series Network Play-by-play Color commentators
1981 Los Angeles Dodgers/Houston Astros CBS Jerry Coleman Sparky Anderson
Montreal Expos/Philadelphia Phillies Jack Buck Joe Torre

Local

2000s

Year Series Flaghsip station Play-by-play #1 Play-by-play #2 Color commentator(s)
2002 Atlanta-San Francisco WSB-AM (Atlanta) Pete Van Wieren Skip Caray Don Sutton and Joe Simpson
KNBR (San Francisco) Duane Kuiper Joe Angel Mike Krukow
Arizona-St. Louis KTAR-AM (Arizona) Greg Schulte Jeff Munn
Rod Allen and Jim Traber
KMOX-AM (St. Louis) Mike Shannon Joel Meyers
2001 Arizona-St. Louis KMOX-AM (Arizona) Greg Schulte Jeff Munn Jim Traber
Rod Allen (Games 4–5)
Atlanta-Houston KMOX-AM (St. Louis) Jack Buck (in St. Louis)
Mike Shannon (in Arizona)
Mike Shannon (in St. Louis)
Dan McLaughlin (in Arizona)
Notes

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