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List of American League Division Series broadcasters

The following is a list of the national television and radio networks and announcers who have covered the American League Division Series throughout the years. It does include any announcers who may have appeared on local radio broadcasts produced by the participating teams.

TelevisionEdit

2010sEdit

Year Series Network Play-by-play Color commentators Field reporters
2019 Tampa Bay Rays/Houston Astros FS1 (Games 1–2, 4–5) Kenny Albert Joe Girardi and A. J. Pierzynski Jon Paul Morosi
MLB Network (Game 3) Bob Costas Joe Girardi and Jim Kaat
Minnesota Twins/New York Yankees MLB Network (Game 1) Bob Costas John Smoltz Tom Verducci
FS1 (Games 2–3) Joe Davis Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci
2018 New York Yankees/Boston Red Sox TBS Brian Anderson Ron Darling Lauren Shehadi
Cleveland Indians/Houston Astros Don Orsillo Dennis Eckersley Hazel Mae
2017 New York Yankees/Cleveland Indians FS1 (Games 1, 3–5) Matt Vasgersian John Smoltz Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci
MLB Network (Game 2)
Boston Red Sox/Houston Astros MLB Network (Game 1) Bob Costas Jim Kaat Jon Paul Morosi
FS1 (Games 2–4) Joe Davis David Cone and A. J. Pierzynski
2016 Toronto Blue Jays/Texas Rangers TBS Brian Anderson Dennis Eckersley and Joe Simpson Matt Winer
Boston Red Sox/Cleveland Indians Ernie Johnson Jr. Ron Darling and Cal Ripken Jr. Sam Ryan
2015 Houston Astros/Kansas City Royals FS1 (Games 1–2, 4–5) Matt Vasgersian John Smoltz and A. J. Pierzynski Jon Paul Morosi
MLB Network (Game 3) John Smoltz
Texas Rangers/Toronto Blue Jays FS1 (Games 1, 3–5) Kenny Albert Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci Ken Rosenthal
MLB Network (Game 2) Bob Costas Jim Kaat
2014 Kansas City Royals/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim TBS[1] Ernie Johnson Jr. Ron Darling and Cal Ripken Jr. Matt Winer
Baltimore Orioles/Detroit Tigers Brian Anderson Dennis Eckersley and Joe Simpson Jaime Maggio
2013[2] Oakland Athletics/Detroit Tigers TBS (Games 1–2, 4–5) Don Orsillo Dennis Eckersley and Buck Martinez David Aldridge
MLB Network (Game 3) Matt Vasgersian Jim Kaat Sam Ryan
Boston Red Sox/Tampa Bay Rays TBS Brian Anderson John Smoltz and Joe Simpson Rachel Nichols
2012 New York Yankees/Baltimore Orioles TBS Ernie Johnson Jr. John Smoltz and Cal Ripken Jr. Craig Sager
Oakland Athletics/Detroit Tigers TBS (Games 1, 3) Don Orsillo[3] Buck Martinez Jaime Maggio
TNT (Games 4–5)
MLB Network (Game 2)[4] Matt Vasgersian Jim Kaat Sam Ryan
2011[5] New York Yankees/Detroit Tigers TNT (Games 1–2) Brian Anderson Ron Darling and John Smoltz Tom Verducci
TBS (Games 3–5)
Texas Rangers/Tampa Bay Rays TBS (Game 1, Games 3–5) Don Orsillo Buck Martinez Jaime Maggio
TNT (Game 2)[6]
2010[7] Tampa Bay Rays/Texas Rangers TBS Don Orsillo Buck Martinez and Ron Darling (Game 5) Marc Fein
Minnesota Twins/New York Yankees Ernie Johnson Jr. Ron Darling and John Smoltz Craig Sager

NotesEdit

  • 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 1½ 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.[8]
  • 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.[9]

2000sEdit

Year Series Network Play-by-play Color commentators Field reporters
2009 New York Yankees/Minnesota Twins TBS
Chip Caray Ron Darling Craig Sager
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim/Boston Red Sox Don Orsillo Buck Martinez Marc Fein
2008 Boston Red Sox/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim TBS
Chip Caray Buck Martinez and Ron Darling (Game 4) Craig Sager
Chicago White Sox/Tampa Bay Rays Don Orsillo Harold Reynolds Marc Fein
2007 Cleveland Indians/New York Yankees TBS
Chip Caray Tony Gwynn and Bob Brenly Craig Sager
Boston Red Sox/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Ted Robinson Steve Stone José Mota
2006 Detroit Tigers/New York Yankees FOX (Games 1, 4) Joe Buck (Game 1)
Josh Lewin (Game 4)
Tim McCarver (Game 1)
Steve Lyons (Game 4)
ESPN (Games 2–3) Jon Miller Joe Morgan
Ernie Harwell (Game 3)
Oakland Athletics/Minnesota Twins ESPN Jon Miller (Game 1)
Dave O'Brien (Games 2–3)
Joe Morgan (Game 1)
Rick Sutcliffe and Eric Karros (Games 2–3)
2005 Chicago White Sox/Boston Red Sox ESPN (in Chicago) Chris Berman Rick Sutcliffe and Mike Piazza
ESPN2 (in Boston)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim/New York Yankees FOX (Games 1, 4–5) Joe Buck (Games 1, 5)
Thom Brennaman (Game 4)
Tim McCarver
ESPN (Games 2–3) Jon Miller Joe Morgan
2004 Boston Red Sox/Anaheim Angels ESPN Chris Berman Rick Sutcliffe and Tony Gwynn
New York Yankees/Minnesota Twins FOX (Games 1, 4) Joe Buck (Game 1)
Josh Lewin (Game 4)
Tim McCarver (Game 1)
Steve Lyons (Game 4)
ESPN (Games 2–3) Jon Miller Joe Morgan
2003 New York Yankees/Minnesota Twins ESPN (Games 1, 3–4)
FOX (Game 2)
Jon Miller (Game 1)
Gary Thorne (in Minnesota)
Joe Morgan (Game 1)
Jeff Brantley and David Justice (in Minnesota)
FOX (Game 2) Joe Buck Tim McCarver
Boston Red Sox/Oakland Athletics ESPN (Games 1, 4) Dave O'Brien Jeff Brantley
ESPN2 (Games 2–3) Jon Miller Joe Morgan
FOX (Game 5) Thom Brennaman Steve Lyons
2002 Anaheim Angels/New York Yankees FOX (Games 1–2, 4) Joe Buck (Games 1–2)
Thom Brennaman (Game 4)
Tim McCarver
ABC Family (Game 3) Jon Miller Joe Morgan
Minnesota Twins/Oakland Athletics ABC Family Jon Miller (in Oakland)
Dave O'Brien (in Minnesota)
Joe Morgan (in Oakland)
Tony Gwynn and Rick Sutcliffe (in Minnesota)
ESPN2 (Game 2)
2001 New York Yankees/Oakland Athletics FOX Joe Buck (Games 1–2)
Thom Brennaman (Games 3[10]–5)
Tim McCarver (Games 1–2)
Steve Lyons (Games 3–5)
Seattle Mariners/Cleveland Indians FOX (Games 1, 3, 5) Josh Lewin Rex Hudler
FOX Family (Games 2, 4)
2000 New York Yankees/Oakland Athletics NBC (Games 1, 3–4)/Pax (Game 1) Skip Caray Joe Morgan Bob Wischusen (Game 1) and Jim Gray (in New York)
FOX (Games 2, 5) Joe Buck (Game 2)
Thom Brennaman (Game 5)
Tim McCarver (Game 2)
Bob Brenly (Game 5)
Seattle Mariners/Chicago White Sox ESPN Chris Berman Rick Sutcliffe

NotesEdit

  • In 2000, NBC was caught in the dilemma of having to televise a first round playoff game between the New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics over the first presidential debate between George W. Bush and Al Gore. NBC decided to give its local stations the option of carrying the debate or the baseball game. If the NBC affiliate decided to carry the debate, then local Pax affiliate could carry the game. However, if there was no Pax availability and the local NBC affiliate aired the debate (which actually occurred in most NBC affiliates), then that market was shut out of the baseball telecast.
  • ABC Family's coverage of the 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).
    • Game 2 (played on October 2) of the Minnesota/Oakland series in 2002 started on ESPN2 because the San Francisco-Atlanta game (which started at 1 p.m. Eastern Time) ran over the three-hour time window. The game was eventually switched back to ABC Family once the early game ended.
  • Former longtime Tigers announcer Ernie Harwell served as a special guest commentator for two innings in Game 3 of the 2006 Tigers-Yankees series.
  • 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.

1990sEdit

Year Series Network Play-by-play Color commentators Field reporters
1999 New York Yankees/Texas Rangers NBC (Games 1, 3[11]) Bob Costas Joe Morgan
FOX (Game 2) Thom Brennaman Bob Brenly
Boston Red Sox/Cleveland Indians FOX (Games 1, 3–5[12]) Joe Buck (Games 1, 5)
Thom Brennaman (in Boston)
Tim McCarver (Games 1, 5)
Bob Brenly (Games 3–5)
ESPN (Game 2) Jon Miller Joe Morgan
1998 New York Yankees/Texas Rangers FOX (Game 1) Joe Buck Tim McCarver and Bob Brenly
NBC (Games 2–3) Bob Costas Joe Morgan
Cleveland Indians/Boston Red Sox ESPN (Games 1–3) Chris Berman Ray Knight
FOX (Game 4) Joe Buck Tim McCarver
1997 Cleveland Indians/New York Yankees FOX (Games 1–2, 4–5) Joe Buck Tim McCarver and Bob Brenly
NBC (Game 3) Bob Costas Bob Uecker and Joe Morgan
Baltimore Orioles/Seattle Mariners NBC (Game 1) Bob Costas Bob Uecker and Joe Morgan
ESPN (Games 2, 4) Jon Miller Joe Morgan
FOX (Game 3) Thom Brennaman Bob Brenly
1996 New York Yankees/Texas Rangers NBC (Games 1,[13] 3) Bob Costas Bob Uecker and Joe Morgan Jim Gray (Game 1)
FOX (Game 2[14]) Thom Brennaman Bob Brenly
ESPN (Game 4) Chris Berman Dave Campbell
Baltimore Orioles/Cleveland Indians ESPN (Games 1–3) Jon Miller Dave Campbell and Kirby Puckett (Game 1)
Joe Morgan (Game 2)
Buck Martinez (in Cleveland)
ESPN2 (Game 4)
1995 Seattle Mariners/New York Yankees NBC (in New York[15]) Gary Thorne Tommy Hutton
ABC (in Seattle[16]) Brent Musburger Jim Kaat Jack Arute (Game 5)
Cleveland Indians/Boston Red Sox NBC (in Cleveland[17]) Bob Costas Bob Uecker
ABC (in Boston) Steve Zabriskie Tommy Hutton

NotesEdit

  • 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 1996-2000, 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).

1981Edit

Year Series Network Play-by-play Color commentators
1981 Oakland Athletics/Kansas City Royals ABC Al Michaels[18] Jim Palmer[19][20]
New York Yankees/Milwaukee Brewers ABC Keith Jackson[21] (Games 1-3, 5)
Don Drysdale (Game 4)
Don Drysdale and Howard Cosell

NotesEdit

RadioEdit

NationalEdit

2010sEdit

Year Series Network Play-by-play Color commentators
2019 Tampa Bay Rays/Houston Astros ESPN Dave Flemming Jim Bowden
Minnesota Twins/New York Yankees Dan Shulman Chris Singleton
2018 New York Yankees/Boston Red Sox ESPN Jon Sciambi Jessica Mendoza
Cleveland Indians/Houston Astros Dave Flemming Jim Bowden
2017 New York Yankees/Cleveland Indians ESPN Jon Sciambi Chris Singleton
Boston Red Sox/Houston Astros Chris Berman Rick Sutcliffe
2016 Toronto Blue Jays/Texas Rangers ESPN Chris Berman (in Arlington)
Michael Kay (in Toronto)
Rick Sutcliffe
Boston Red Sox/Cleveland Indians Jon Sciambi Chris Singleton
2015 Houston Astros/Kansas City Royals ESPN Dave O’Brien John Kruk
Texas Rangers/Toronto Blue Jays Chris Berman (Games 1–2)
Dave Flemming (in Arlington)
Dan Shulman (Game 5)
Rick Sutcliffe
2014 Kansas City Royals/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim ESPN Jon Sciambi Chris Singleton
Baltimore Orioles/Detroit Tigers Chris Berman (in Baltimore)
Dave Flemming (in Toronto)
Rick Sutcliffe
2013 Oakland Athletics/Detroit Tigers ESPN Michael Kay Aaron Boone
Boston Red Sox/Tampa Bay Rays Jon Sciambi Chris Singleton
2012 New York Yankees/Baltimore Orioles ESPN Dan Shulman[22] Orel Hershiser
Oakland Athletics/Detroit Tigers Dave O’Brien Aaron Boone
2011[23] New York Yankees/Detroit Tigers ESPN Dan Shulman Orel Hershiser
Texas Rangers/Tampa Bay Rays Gary Cohen Aaron Boone
2010 Tampa Bay Rays/Texas Rangers ESPN Dan Shulman Bobby Valentine
Minnesota Twins/New York Yankees Jon Miller Orel Hershiser

2000sEdit

Year Series Network(s) Play-by-play Color commentator
2009 New York Yankees/Minnesota Twins ESPN Jon Miller Steve Phillips
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim/Boston Red Sox Dan Shulman Dave Campbell
2008 Boston Red Sox/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim ESPN Dan Shulman Dave Campbell
Chicago White Sox/Tampa Bay Rays Gary Thorne Chris Singleton
2007 Cleveland Indians/New York Yankees ESPN Jon Miller Dusty Baker
Boston Red Sox/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Dan Shulman Dave Campbell
2006 Detroit Tigers/New York Yankees ESPN Jon Sciambi Buck Martinez
Oakland Athletics/Minnesota Twins Gary Thorne Steve Stone
2005 Chicago White Sox/Boston Red Sox ESPN Jon Sciambi Buck Martinez
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim/New York Yankees Dan Shulman Dave Campbell
2004 Boston Red Sox/Anaheim Angels ESPN John Rooney Buck Martinez
New York Yankees/Minnesota Twins Dan Shulman Dave Campbell
2003 New York Yankees/Minnesota Twins ESPN Dan Shulman Dave Campbell
Boston Red Sox/Oakland Athletics John Rooney Buck Martinez
2002 Anaheim Angels/New York Yankees ESPN Dan Shulman Dave Campbell
Minnesota Twins/Oakland Athletics John Rooney Buck Martinez
2001 New York Yankees/Oakland Athletics ESPN Dan Shulman Rob Dibble
Seattle Mariners/Cleveland Indians Ernie Harwell Buck Martinez
2000 New York Yankees/Oakland Athletics ESPN Dan Shulman Buck Martinez
Seattle Mariners/Chicago White Sox Ernie Harwell Dave Campbell

1990sEdit

Year Series Network Play-by-play Color commentator
1999 New York Yankees/Texas Rangers ESPN Dan Shulman Buck Martinez
Boston Red Sox/Cleveland Indians Ernie Harwell Dave Campbell
1998 New York Yankees/Texas Rangers ESPN Dan Shulman Buck Martinez
Cleveland Indians/Boston Red Sox Ernie Harwell Dave Campbell
1997 Cleveland Indians/New York Yankees CBS Ernie Harwell Jeff Torborg
Baltimore Orioles/Seattle Mariners John Rooney Al Downing
1996 New York Yankees/Texas Rangers CBS Gary Cohen Jim Hunter
Baltimore Orioles/Cleveland Indians Ernie Harwell Rick Cerone
1995 Seattle Mariners/New York Yankees CBS Ernie Harwell Al Downing
Cleveland Indians/Boston Red Sox John Rooney Jeff Torborg

1981Edit

Year Series Network Play-by-play Color commentators
1981 Oakland Athletics/Kansas City Royals CBS Ned Martin Bill White
New York Yankees/Milwaukee Brewers Ernie Harwell Curt Gowdy

LocalEdit

2010sEdit

2000sEdit

Year Series Flagship station Play-by-play #1 Play-by-play #2 Color commentators
2002 AnaheimNew York (AL) KLAC (Anaheim)
WCBS–AM (New York (AL))
Rory Markas
John Sterling
Terry Smith
Charley Steiner
MinnesotaOakland

1990sEdit

Year Series Flagship station Play-by-play #1 Play-by-play #2 Color commentators
1997 Cleveland-New York (AL) WKNR-AM (Cleveland)
WABC-AM (New York (AL))
Herb Score

Tom Hamilton

Baltimore-Seattle
1995 Cleveland-Boston WKNR-AM (Cleveland)
WEEI-AM (Boston)
Herb Score

Tom Hamilton

Seattle-New York (AL)

ReferencesEdit

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