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Anderson back on TBS postseason team

Brewers broadcaster Brian Anderson will be part of TBS coverage of the Division Series for the third straight season. He’s part of the release I received this morning:

TBS today announced the network’s broadcasting teams for exclusive coverage of all four MLB League Division Series (LDS) and the American League Championship Series (ALCS).  For the ALCS, TBS’s team will be led by Emmy winner Ernie Johnson, paired with analysts and World Series Champions Ron Darling and John Smoltz.
TBS’s coverage of the American League Division Series (ALDS) and National League Division Series (NLDS) will be handled by a quartet of play-by-play announcers: Johnson, Brian Anderson, Dick Stockton and Don Orsillo.  These announcers will work with a team of veteran analysts, including regular Sunday MLB on TBS announcers Darling, Smoltz and Buck Martinez, along with Bob Brenly and Joe Simpson, who are both returning to TBS this postseason.
David Levy, President of Sales, Distribution and Sports Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. announcing the team said “We’ve assembled a great group of talented, experienced announcers for our MLB Postseason coverage.  This versatile team will be fully prepared to deliver insightful and engaging analysis that will complement all of the excitement and drama that will unfold on the field in October. I am also thrilled Ernie will take on the lead role of play-by-play during the LDS and ALCS. He is one of the preeminent announcers in sports today and his experience and presence in the booth during the postseason will clearly enrich our game telecasts.”
The 2010 MLB Postseason on TBS kicks off on Wednesday, Oct. 6 with a LDS tripleheader (times TBD).  The network’s exclusive coverage of the ALCS will get underway on Friday, Oct. 15.
Following are the announcer pairings for TBS’ exclusive coverage of the LDS and ALCS (play-by-play/analyst):
o Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Ron Darling (analyst) and John Smoltz (analyst)
o Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Joe Simpson (analyst)
o Dick Stockton (play-by-play) and Bob Brenly (analyst)
o Don Orsillo (play-by-play) and Buck Martinez (analyst)
In the studio, host Matt Winer will be joined by Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley and Cal Ripken, as well as two-time World Series Champion David Wells.  The team will offer insights and break-down all the action throughout TBS’s postseason coverage.  MLB insider and Sports Illustrated senior baseball writer for the magazine and Tom Verducci, along with Craig Sager, Marc Fein and David Aldridge, will serve as TBS reporters during the ALDS and NLDS.
“The MLB Postseason is one of the crown jewels in sports and must-see programming for TBS,” said Jeff Behnke, Turner Sports executive producer.  “We look forward to maximizing our productions resources, including the varied unique perspectives of our on-air talent, to provide baseball fans across the country with informative and entertaining telecasts throughout our Postseason schedule.”
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Former Brewers in the postseason

loretta.jpgI missed the end of the Cardinals-Dodgers game yesterday so the morning
highlights were my first chance to see a pair of former Brewers come up
big for L.A. Ronnie Belliard tied the game in the bottom of the ninth inning with a hard single up the middle before Mark Loretta
won it with bloop. It reminded me of July 25, 2001, when Loretta’s
single snapped the Brewers’ 11-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over,
you guessed it, the Dodgers.

It also made me wonder how many former Brewers are out there on the
eight Division Series rosters. I found only five, including four
members of that woeful 2002 team that lost 106 games. I think it’s safe
to say that the quartet is having more fun today:

IF Ronnie Belliard (Brewers’ 8th round pick in ’04, played in Milwaukee 1998-2002)
IF Mark Loretta (7th round ’93, played 1995-2002)


None (a groin injury kept Jorge De La Rosa off the NLDS roster)

C Paul Bako (played in Milwaukee in 2002)
OF Matt Stairs (played in Milwaukee in 2002)


Red Sox
None (though skipper Terry Francona ended his playing career with the Brewers from 1989-90.)


LHP CC Sabathia (you might remember him from ’08)


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