Matt Vasgersian

Matthew Edward Vasgersian (born September 28, 1967) is an American sportscaster and television host. Vasgersian is currently a play-by-play announcer for ESPN's coverage of Major League Baseball, as well as a studio host for the MLB Network. In the past he has served as an announcer for Fox Sports' National Football League coverage, NBC Sports' coverage of the Olympic Games, and NBC Sports' coverage of the short lived XFL.[1] He formerly called play-by-play for the Milwaukee Brewers and the San Diego Padres.[1]

Matt Vasgersian
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Mark Grant (left) and Vasgersian in the dugout at Petco Park before a 2008 Padres game
Born
Matthew Edward Vasgersian

September 28, 1967 (age 51)
NationalityAmerican
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
OccupationTelevision host and play-by-play announcer for Fox Sports, MLB International, MLB Network, and ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball
Years active1991–present

Early life and career

Vasgersian started his media career as a child actor, becoming a member of the Screen Actors Guild at age seven. He appeared in an episode of The Streets of San Francisco and the movie The Candidate starring Robert Redford, which was filmed mostly in Berkeley, California. Born in Oakland, California and raised in Moraga, California he is of Armenian descent.[2] Vasgersian graduated from Campolindo High School in Moraga and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.[1] While a student at USC, he appeared on The New Dating Game, winning a trip to Telluride, Colorado. He also appeared as a contestant on Supermarket Sweep where Vasgersian and his partner won the Big Sweep but not the $5,000.[3]

Initial baseball work

Vasgersian has worked in baseball since 1991, starting with a six-year stint in the Minor Leagues as a play-by-play announcer. He began his career as a sportscaster with the Chicago Cubs Rookie league affiliate in Huntington, West Virginia on radio station WKEE-AM 800 and was the voice of the High Desert Mavericks (San Diego Padres affiliate) on radio station KAPL. He moved up the minor league baseball ranks over the next several years, working for various clubs in a number of different organizations, including the Syracuse Chiefs in 1995, and ending with the AAA Tucson Toros in 1996.[4]

Vasgersian was 29 years old when he became the play-by-play voice for the Milwaukee Brewers where he worked from 1997 through 2001. He later worked in the same role for the San Diego Padres from 2002 through 2008.[1][4] Vasgersian was with the Padres for seven seasons when it was announced he would be joining MLB Network.[1]

On November 1, 2008, during a broadcast of the San Diego CIF High School Football Game of the Week, Channel 4 announced that Vasgersian would not be returning as a Padres announcer for the 2009 season, having chosen to pursue other opportunities. Later that week, it was reported that Vasgersian had signed a deal with MLB Network to become the network's first studio host.[5]

Fox Sports

Vasgersian joined Fox Sports in 2006. From 2006 through 2008, Vasgersian worked on Fox NFL telecasts, teaming with J.C. Pearson on the network's #6 broadcast team. In previous years, he had done select games for the network. Vasgersian's Fox football resume included calling BCS games for the network, working the Orange Bowl in 2007 and the Fiesta Bowl 2008 and 2009. Starting in 2007, he also worked on Fox MLB telecasts of the Game of the Week, teaming with a variety of analysts on the network's #3 broadcast crew. In 2012, he began hosting the MLB pregame show, though he still occasionally called games on a fill-in basis. In 2014, he was moved back to the broadcast booth, working with John Smoltz on one of the network's #2 broadcast teams (a role the pair splits with Thom Brennaman and Eric Karros).[6] In this role, he and Smoltz worked on postseason telecasts during the Division Series. In 2015, Vasgersian and Smoltz called their first World Series for MLB International. In 2016, Smoltz became lead game analyst at Fox and Buck Martinez became Vasgersian's new partner for the international broadcast of the World Series.

MLB Network

Vasgersian has been a studio host at MLB Network since its debut on January 1, 2009, appearing regularly in-studio and on-site at the All-Star Game and World Series on MLB Tonight, the network's Emmy Award-winning live nightly studio show, as well as "Quick Pitch," "The Rundown," the offseason studio show "Hot Stove," MLB Network’s Spring Training series 30 Clubs in 30 Days, and MLB Network's first-ever game show Baseball IQ. Throughout the MLB regular season, Vasgersian calls play-by-play for MLB Network’s Thursday Night Baseball game package.[1] He called Game 2 of the 2012 ALDS between the Detroit Tigers and the Oakland Athletics on October 7.

Vasgersian and Jim Kaat called Game 3 of the 2013 American League Division Series, also between the Detroit Tigers and the Oakland Athletics on October 7 as well. From 2012-2014, when he hosted Fox's MLB pregame, Vasgersian did not host programming on MLB Network during the All-Star Game and the postseason.

Vasgersian became a co-host, with Lauren Shehadi and Mark DeRosa, of MLB Network's show MLB Central, which debuted on April 6, 2015. Vasgersian also did commentary for MLB Network's coverage of the All-Star Game in 2015.

ESPN

On January 23, 2018, it was announced that Vasgersian would become the new play-by-play voice for Sunday Night Baseball beginning in the 2018 season, succeeding Dan Shulman, while continuing his role at MLB Network.[7]

Other ventures

Vasgersian first gained national exposure doing play-by-play for the XFL football league in 2001. Vasgersian's time with the network was tense; after the inaugural telecast in which he quipped "I feel uncomfortable" after a suggestive shot of the cheerleaders, Vince McMahon personally demoted him and replaced him with wrestling announcer Jim Ross. At NBC's behest, Vasgersian returned to the first team broadcast halfway through the season.

He has hosted several TV shows, including the game show Sports Geniuses (2000), Game Show Network's World Series of Blackjack (2004), and Celebrity Blackjack (2004), the National Heads-Up Poker Championship on NBC and the first season grand final of Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament. He has also emceed various sports specials and other programs, such as the International World Championships of Rock Paper Scissors (2004).[8]

He also called USC Trojans men's basketball for FSN West from 2004-06.[9]

Vasgersian has also worked on an Ultimate Fighting Championship broadcast, filling in for Mike Goldberg, the usual announcer. Goldberg was working on Fox Sports Net's college football telecast on the night of UFC 56, so Vasgersian provided play-by-play alongside regular color commentator Joe Rogan.[10]

Vasgersian is the commentator in every installment of MLB: The Show since its debut in 2006 with Dan Plesac, Mark Derosa and formerly Dave Campbell, Rex Hudler, Eric Karros, Steve Lyons and Harold Reynolds. In addition to his work on MLB: The Show, Vasgersian was the "host" for several PS1 Sony sports titles in the late 1990s and early 2000s, specifically for 989 Studios sports games.[1]

Vasgersian has contributed to NBC Sports' coverage of several Olympic Games, calling baseball and softball in the 2004 Summer Games, ski jumping in the 2006 and 2010 Winter Games, and freestyle skiing in the 2014 Winter Games. He also hosted the 2008 Summer Games coverage on USA Network.[11]

Vasgersian is also a regular featured commentator on the Dave & Carole morning show on WKLH 96.5 FM in Milwaukee [1]. His affiliation with the Dave and Carole Morning Show led him to a side career in music as he performed regularly as a lead vocalist with kb'smidlifecrisis, a rock band fronted by Dave and Carole sidekick Kevin "KB" Brandt. Vasgersian was the host of the MLB on Fox pregame show from 2012 to 2014, before he was replaced by Kevin Burkhardt after the 2013 season.

Matt is also a recurring satirical commentator for Hamish and Andy's Gap Year. As a native of the East Bay Area in Northern California he grew up an avid fan of the Oakland Athletics (the A's).

Vasgersian is the play-by-play voice for MLB International replacing Gary Thorne starting with the 2015 MLB All-Star Game and the World Series for Canadian and overseas fans.[12]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "On-Air Personalities - MLB Network". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  2. ^ Akopyan, Manouk. "Painting the Pitch" (PDF). ManoukAkopyan.
  3. ^ "Trivia Time: MLB Network Set To Premiere New Game Show "Baseball IQ" Tonight". www.sportsbusinessdaily.com. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
  4. ^ a b "Matt Vasgersian". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  5. ^ "MLB Network signs Vasgersian". MLB.com. 2008-11-05. Retrieved 2008-11-08.
  6. ^ "Matt Vasgersian & John Smoltz Added to MLB on FOX Starting Rotation". The Futon Critic. March 10, 2014. Retrieved March 11, 2014.
  7. ^ Sanders, Jeff. "Matt Vasgersian joins ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball team". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  8. ^ "Heads-Up on NBC". NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship web site. National Broadcasting Company. 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-07-11. Retrieved 2007-08-07.
  9. ^ "MEDIA: Fisher's dream job comes up with USC basketball". San Bernardino Sun. 2010-07-23. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
  10. ^ "Minute-by-Minute: A UFC 56 Log". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
  11. ^ Mike Preston. "Sports". baltimoresun.com. Archived from the original on 3 August 2008. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  12. ^ "FOX takes booth from MLB international team". MLB.com. Retrieved 2019-03-02.

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Preceded by
Dan Shulman
Sunday Night Baseball play-by-play announcer
2018–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Gary Thorne
Lead MLB International play-by-play announcer
2015–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Baseball IQ

Baseball IQ is an American television game show airing on the cable channel MLB Network. The show debuted on January 24, 2012, and its first season is scheduled to end on February 23, 2012, with the season championship. The show is hosted by MLB Network anchor Matt Vasgersian. The show's focus is baseball trivia.

Celebrity Blackjack

Celebrity Blackjack is a television show where celebrities played tournament style blackjack for charity. The show, which ran on Game Show Network, was hosted by Matt Vasgersian (and Alex Borstein in the first season). Dave Stann was the dealer. Season 1 aired weekly from July 5, 2004 through August 9, 2004. Season 2 premiered October 12, 2004 and ran weekly through January 11, 2005.

Daron Sutton

Daron Sutton (born October 21, 1969) is the former television play-by-play voice of Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks and Arizona State Sun Devils men's basketball. Sutton is also the son of former pitching great and Hall of Famer Don Sutton. Prior to moving to Arizona, he served for five years as the television voice of the Milwaukee Brewers, and prior to coming to Milwaukee in 2002, he was one of the radio voices of the then-Anaheim Angels, working alongside current Detroit Tigers television play-by-play broadcaster Mario Impemba. Sutton replaced play-by-play voice Matt Vasgersian (who left to become the TV voice of the San Diego Padres).

Hot Stove

Hot Stove is an offseason baseball talk show that airs on MLB Network and is simulcast on MLB Network Radio. The show offers the coverage of offseason activities including trades, free agent signings, and rumors. It is taped live in "Studio K" of the MLB Network studios in Secaucus, New Jersey. Prior to its restructure to a talk show in 2012, it replaced MLB Tonight as the signature show of the network during the off season. As such it was taped live in Studio 3, but also featured segments taped in Studio 42. The program airs from after the World Series and before spring training.

List of Fox Sports announcers

This is a list of commentators who currently work or have worked for Fox Sports.

List of NFL on Fox commentator pairings

These are the following announcer pairings for the NFL on Fox.

List of San Diego Padres broadcasters

Broadcasters for the San Diego Padres Major League Baseball team.

MLB International

MLB International is a division of Major League Baseball primarily responsible for international broadcasts of games. Prominently, in partnership with DirecTV and MLB Network, it produces and syndicates the All-Star Game, NLCS, ALCS, and the World Series, as well as the Caribbean Series, the Australian Baseball League Championship Series and the World Baseball Classic to broadcasters in over 200 countries, and the American Forces Network for U.S. military troops abroad.

MLB Network

The MLB Network is an American television sports channel dedicated to baseball. It is primarily owned by Major League Baseball, with AT&T's WarnerMedia News & Sports, Comcast's NBC Sports Group, Charter Communications, and Cox Communications having minority ownership.The channel's headquarters and studios are located at their facilities in Secaucus, New Jersey,, which formerly housed MSNBC's studios. MLB Network's studios also house NHL Network, with some studio sharing, which came under the management of MLB Advanced Media in mid-2015 and transferred most operations from the network's former Toronto home base.

Tony Petitti, former executive producer of CBS Sports, was named the network's first president. Petitti served as MLB Network's president until December 2014, when he was appointed as Chief Operating Officer of Major League Baseball. Rob McGlarry, who worked as Senior and later Executive Vice-president of Business Affairs at MLB Network since 2009, was named the network's second president.As of February 2015, MLB Network is available to approximately 69,991,000 pay television households (60.1% of subscription television customers) in the United States.

MLB Network Showcase

MLB Network Showcase is the title of a presentation of Major League Baseball on cable and satellite channel MLB Network (self-produced by MLB Network), that premiered on April 9, 2009. Longtime NBC Sports broadcaster Bob Costas is one of the play-by-play voices of the broadcasts. Matt Vasgersian also does play-by-play on some games. Jim Kaat, John Smoltz, and Tom Verducci provide color commentary. The network produces 26 non-exclusive live games a year during baseball season and since 2012 two League Division Series games. Since one or both teams' local TV rights holders also carry the games, the MLB Network feed is subject to local blackouts. In that event, the cities in the blacked-out markets will instead see a simulcast of another scheduled game via one team's local TV rights holder.

MLB The Show 19

MLB The Show 19 is a baseball video game by SIE San Diego Studio and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, based on Major League Baseball (MLB). It is the fourteenth entry of the MLB: The Show franchise, and was released on March 26, 2019, for PlayStation 4. Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper is featured as the cover star.Matt Vasgersian, Mark DeRosa and Dan Plesac will call the play-by-plays. Heidi Watney joins the game as a sideline reporter and Alex Miniak replaces Mike Carlucci as the public address announcer.

MLB Tonight

MLB Tonight is the signature program that airs on MLB Network and is simulcast on MLB Network Radio. The show offers complete coverage of all Major League Baseball games from 6 pm ET till 1 am ET during the regular season, and gives news from all 30 MLB teams during the offseason. It is taped live in Studio 3 of the MLB Network facility in Secaucus, New Jersey, but also features segments taped in Studio 42. The program aired from the beginning of Spring Training to the end of the World Series and was replaced in the offseason by Hot Stove, until it started to air in the offseason, and Hot Stove became MLB Network's weekday morning show. The show won the Sports Emmy Award for best Daily Outstanding Studio Show for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015.

Max Rubin

Max Rubin is a gambling expert and author best known for his book Comp City: A Guide to Free Gambling Vacations. The book teaches players how to maximize casino perks with little actual wagering. Rubin is also a gambling analyst for television; he served as commentator for the first two seasons of the GSN's World Series of Blackjack, along with Matt Vasgersian, and co-hosts the Ultimate Blackjack Tour with Nick GAS' Mati Moralejo on CBS. Rubin is a member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame and hosts the annual Blackjack Ball.

Rubin has frequent speaking engagements across the country. Additionally, he has also done consulting work for many casinos including Harrah's, Hilton Casinos, and Mirage Resorts, and he now exclusively teaches the staff at the Barona Casino in San Diego how to spot and counter many cheating techniques.

Sports Geniuses

Sports Geniuses was an American sports-themed game show that aired for 65 episodes from March 27, 2000 until June 23, 2000 on cable channel Fox Sports Net. It was the network's second game show (Ultimate Fan League was the first, airing in 1998 and 1999, and only other).

Sportscaster Matt Vasgersian hosted, with Lisa Guerrero as his co-host.

Sunday Night Baseball

Sunday Night Baseball is an exclusive weekly telecast of a Major League Baseball game that airs Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m. EDT on ESPN during the regular season (the official name is ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball Presented by Taco Bell).

The games are preceded most weeks by the studio show Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet prior to the first pitch. A few telecasts each season appear on ESPN2 rather than ESPN due to conflicts with other programming.

World Series of Blackjack

The World Series of Blackjack is a televised blackjack tournament created and produced by the cable network GSN. It is a closed tournament; players are either invited to play or can attempt to win a spot via a satellite tournament. Rounds are edited into 1-hour episodes and broadcast on GSN. Matt Vasgersian and Max Rubin provided commentary for the first two seasons. Tiki Arsenault was the dealer for Season 1 as Deanna Bacon was the dealer for Seasons 2 and 3 while Jessica Knight was the dealer for Season 4.

Season 1 premiered on weekly from March 15, 2004 to April 26, 2004 with a co-host, Melana Scantlin.

Season 2 premiered on weekly from January 21, 2005 to April 22, 2005 with a new co-host, Megan Riordan.

Season 3 premiered on weekly from June 5, 2006 to September 4, 2006 as part of GSN's Casino Night (retooled, with High Stakes Poker, as Vegas Night) programming block, with new hosts John Fugelsang and Ben Mezrich.

Season 4 premiered on GSN from June 4, 2007 to August 27, 2007. A field of 40 players, including Celebrity Blackjack champion Caroline Rhea, baseball star Orel Hershiser and magician Penn Jillette competed for a $1 million prize pool. Vasgersian returned as commentator.

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