Joe Buck lost his longtime color analyst on Fox after the World Series when Tim McCarver retired and today Fox Sports announced that it will require two people to fill the shoes of McCarver as Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci will form a three-man booth with Buck for the regular season and through the World Series.
“I think it’s great. It’s an opportunity to do the World Series — it doesn’t get any higher as far as calling a game in baseball than that, so it’s an exciting opportunity,” Reynolds told MLB.com. “I love the fact it’s a three-man booth. The only way it’s going to work with three people is [if] you don’t have an ego getting in the way. We’ll share the time to speak. With rehearsals we had and the years we’ve known each other, this is going to be a really good combination.”
The announcement isn’t a surprise as this had been rumored to be the direction Fox was leaning as recently as last week. Reynolds has been a familiar face after working for ESPN and the MLB Network after his playing career ended and Verducci is one of the preeminent baseball reporters for Sports Illustrated and has worked for TBS, Fox and the MLB Network.
McCarver had been a thorn in the side of many younger listeners who felt the game had passed him by so I would think the addition of Reynolds and Verducci will be met with open arms, at least for those who don’t despite Joe Buck.
The trio will make their debut on Apr 5 on Fox Sports 1 for the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers game.