After a months-long search, longtime Atlanta Braves tv play-by-play broadcaster Chip Caray is leaving his place with Bally Sports activities South and can be part of the Bally Sports activities Midwest broadcasting group because the lead play-by-play announcer for the St. Louis Cardinals, a number of business sources instructed The Athletic on Monday. Right here’s what you might want to know:
- Caray, grandson of legendary former Cardinals broadcaster Harry Caray, will change Dan McLaughlin, who was set to start his twenty fifth season because the lead tv voice with the Cardinals this season.
- McLaughlin was arrested on suspicion of driving whereas intoxicated in early December. He was finally charged with a felony persistent DWI.
- McLaughlin opted to depart his place with Bally Sports activities Midwest underneath a “mutual determination” later within the month.
- Caray will likely be paired with Brad Thompson and Jim Edmonds, who will alternate between the analyst function and internet hosting in-studio. Thompson would be the lead analyst for almost all of the 2023 broadcasts and sideline reporters Jim Hayes and Alexa Datt will return to the printed as effectively.
Caray is leaving the Braves place totally by his alternative, a supply mentioned, including that the pull of going “residence” to St. Louis was robust. He was raised in St. Louis, and Chip’s dad and mom had been divorced. He instructed The Athletic he hardly ever noticed his father, legendary broadcaster Skip Caray, after he went to Atlanta to work as a Braves broadcaster in 1976.
The Athletic’s immediate evaluation:
Why the Cardinals went with Caray
There have been a number of adjustments over the previous few seasons inside the Cardinals broadcasting group, with probably the most notable being Mike Shannon’s retirement in 2021 after 50 seasons because the group’s radio broadcaster. However up till December, each Bally Sports activities and the Cardinals believed McLaughlin to be a staple within the sales space for the foreseeable future. When McLaughlin departed, the main target turned to hiring a family identify.
Through the Cardinals’ annual Winter Heat-up charity occasion final week, CEO Invoice DeWitt Jr. famous there have been a number of exterior candidates into consideration. Ties to St. Louis weren’t essentially a requirement, however can be thought of.
“I feel that’s a constructive side of somebody’s resume,” DeWitt mentioned. “I’d say that’s a part of the combo.”
With Caray, the Cardinals achieve a legacy in sports activities broadcasting and a St. Louis native. Caray, who was born in 1965, spent the vast majority of his childhood within the better St. Louis space. — Woo
What this implies for Braves
Caray, 57, is a College of Georgia graduate who returned to Atlanta in 2005 when he was employed to work on the alongside his father, legendary Braves broadcaster Skip Caray. The 2 relished their time collectively earlier than Skip died in his sleep in August 2008, after his well being had declined within the earlier yr.
Skip had labored as a Braves broadcaster since 1976 and was as well-known throughout North America as a lot of the Braves’ star gamers, so vast was the attain of the Braves’ broadcasts for a few years on the TBS SuperStation.
With Chip Caray leaving, it would finish a run of 46 years with no less than one Caray within the Braves’ broadcast sales space. It’s not identified whom the Braves will rent to interchange him, and a supply mentioned it might be tough to seek out an skilled alternative from outdoors the Braves community, since spring coaching is barely a month away.
Earlier than becoming a member of the Braves, Chip Caray spent seven seasons as a Cubs broadcaster, following within the footsteps of his grandfather, an iconic broadcaster with each the Cardinals and later the Cubs. On Might 13, 1991, the three Carays shared a broadcast sales space for a Cubs-Braves sport.
Earlier than his lengthy stint with the Cubs, Caray spent the 1991 and 1992 seasons within the Braves’ sales space and three seasons broadcasting Seattle Mariners video games.— O’Brien
Caray’s first exit from Braves was short-lived
Chip Caray was not happy when his personal job description modified not lengthy after he returned to Atlanta, when the Braves had been bought by Time Warner and the variety of Braves video games on TBS/Peachtree was slashed from 150 to 75, after which to 45. His duties morphed from voice of the Braves into a mixture Braves/TBS nationwide place that required him to be away from the Braves to do Sunday TBS video games, and he wasn’t comfy with the cut up.
After the 2009 season Caray and Turner mutually agreed to half methods. Nevertheless, simply three weeks later, Caray was employed as Braves play-by-play man on Fox Sports activities South and SportSouth to interchange Jon Sciambi, who left for a place with ESPN. On the time, Braves’ video games had been cut up between networks, however later had been consolidated once more underneath Fox Sports activities South and Southeast regional networks, later rebranded as Bally Sports activities South and Bally Sports activities Southeast. — O’Brien
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