Mid-Atlantic Sports Network

Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) is an American regional sports network owned as a joint venture between two Major League Baseball franchises, the Baltimore Orioles (which owns a controlling 90% interest) and the Washington Nationals (which owns the remaining 10%). Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, the channel broadcasts regional coverage of sports events in the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area.

MASN is available on approximately 23 cable and fiber optic television providers in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, eastern and central North Carolina, West Virginia, south central Pennsylvania and Delaware (on providers such as Comcast, Cox Communications, RCN, Mediacom, Charter Communications and Verizon FiOS, covering an area stretching from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Charlotte, North Carolina); it is also available nationwide on satellite via DirecTV and Dish Network.

Mid-Atlantic Sports Network
MASN-Logo
LaunchedApril 4, 2005
Owned byBaltimore Orioles (77%)
Washington Nationals (23%)
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
SloganBe There.
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaMaryland
Washington, D.C.
Virginia
eastern and central North Carolina
West Virginia
south central Pennsylvania
Delaware
Nationwide (via satellite)
HeadquartersBaltimore, Maryland
Websitewww.masnsports.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTVMASN: 640 (HD/SD)
MASN2: 641-1 (HD)
641 (SD)
Dish NetworkMASN: 432 (HD/SD)
MASN2: 433 (HD/SD)
Cable
Comcast (Baltimore)MASN: 4 (SD)
845 (HD)
MASN2: 17 (SD)
844 (HD)
Comcast (Washington, D.C.)MASN: 42 (SD)
845 (HD)
MASN2: 5 (SD)
844 (HD)
Verizon FiOSMASN: 577 (HD)
77 (SD)
MASN2: 579 (HD)
79 (SD)
Available on most other cable systems in designated broadcast areaConsult your local cable provider or program listings source for channel availability

History

When the Montreal Expos relocated to Washington, D.C., in 2004 to begin play as the Nationals in 2005, issues arose regarding television rights for the new franchise. The Orioles have had a sizable following in the Washington area since moving from St. Louis in 1954, and have claimed Washington as part of their home territory since the second Washington Senators franchise became the Texas Rangers in 1972. Since at least 1981, Major League Baseball had designated the Orioles' television territory as extending from Harrisburg to Charlotte. The Orioles agreed to share their home territory with the Nationals in return for the ability to air Nationals games on the Orioles' planned regional sports network, to be named the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. Major League Baseball, which owned the Expos-Nationals franchise from 2002 to 2006, paid the Orioles $75 million for a 10% stake in MASN, with the Orioles maintaining a controlling interest of 90%. As part of the deal, the Nationals' stake in the network would increase by one percent per year to 33% over 23 years, at which point the increases would cease and ownership would be fixed at 67% Orioles and 33% Nationals. Under the arrangement, MASN paid the Nationals $20 million to broadcast their games in 2005, and were bound to renegotiate the amount they paid the Nationals based on the fair market value of the Nationals′ broadcast rights in 2012 and once every five years thereafter. With this settled, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network launched on April 4, 2005.

The family of Lerner Enterprises founder Ted Lerner subsequently became part-owners in MASN after their purchase of the Washington Nationals in July 2006. The same month that the Lerners acquired minority interest in MASN, the network, which originally broadcast only during Orioles and Nationals games, converted into a 24-hour channel with an expanded roster of collegiate sports events and local and national programming. It has become a strong competitor to the area's dominant regional sports network, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, now known as NBC Sports Washington.

Programming

As a whole, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network televises more than 600 professional and NCAA Division I collegiate events annually.

Orioles and Nationals telecasts

The network carries live telecasts of all Orioles and Nationals games that are not televised by a national broadcast or cable network, and produces the pre-game and post-game shows Nats Xtra and O's Xtra, which bookend the game telecasts. As with all Major League Baseball broadcasts, MASN-produced games are available for streaming out of the teams' respective territories at mlb.tv, with local viewers able to watch highlights for a certain amount of time following the conclusion of each game.[1]

Through the 2017 season, MASN also produced over-the-air television broadcasts of Nationals and Orioles games for television stations in their respective primary markets – producing Nationals games seen on CBS affiliate WUSA-TV (channel 9) in Washington and Orioles games seen on CBS owned-and-operated station WJZ-TV (channel 13) in Baltimore. Those games were shown on MASN in all of the network's territory, including the Baltimore and Washington markets.

From 2008 through 2013, MASN used five broadcasters to provide simultaneous coverage of the annual Beltway Series between the Orioles and the Nationals, using the network's on-air staffs in an unconventional "mixed-booth" arrangement whenever the Orioles and Nationals played one another. Each team was represented by a color analyst and two sideline reporters for their respective telecasts, with play-by-play announcers each broadcasting for half of the game. The games were simulcast on both MASN channels (MASN and MASN2). Beginning in 2014, MASN dropped the mixed-booth format and returned to maintaining separate broadcast streams for each team during the Beltway Series, with the broadcast teams for each team again segregated as in conventional broadcasts, the home team′s feed carried on MASN, and the visiting team′s feed on MASN2.[2]

College sports

The network televises 275 collegiate sporting events each year from NCAA Division I teams in football, basketball and lacrosse. MASN serves as the regional cable television home of Georgetown Hoyas and George Mason Patriots basketball games, as well as Big East and Big South basketball and football, and Colonial Athletic Association basketball games, the annual BB&T Classic and coaches shows for regional NCAA teams.

It also serves as an independent regional sports network, carrying a sizeable amount of college sports programming distributed by various syndicators including college basketball games from the Atlantic-10 Conference, America East Conference, Big 12 Conference, Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference, Northeast Conference and Southern Conference; college football games from the American Athletic Conference, Ivy League and the Sunbelt Conference; and games from the American Athletic Conference, Big South Conference, Conference USA, Mid-American Conference, Patriot League and Western Athletic Conference in both sports.

Other programming

In addition to nationally distributed college sports events, MASN carries other national programming from Fox Sports Networks including golf and outdoor programs, horse racing, poker, and NASCAR events. In 2010, MASN relaunched The John Riggins Show, a daily sports talk show hosted by the Washington Redskins hall of famer, who was previously with the network from 2006 to 2008. In addition to an afternoon drive program, Riggins hosted Riggo's Postgame Xtra, which aired after each Redskins game.

Former programming

Baltimore Ravens

From 2006–2009, MASN began serving as the official regional cable broadcaster of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, televising the team's preseason games, as well as nightly airings of team-related programming (including Ravens Xtra, 1 Winning Drive, The John Harbaugh Show, Ravens Report, Game Plan and Purple Passion) and original live post-game shows during the regular season.[3]

Other services

MASN served as an affiliate for the American Sports Network until it became Stadium in 2017.

MASN2

The network also has a companion channel, MASN2, that airs overflow games in order to accommodate both baseball teams' schedules. In September 2013, MASN2 became an affiliate of Fox Sports Networks, although selected FSN-produced ACC games air on CSN Mid-Atlantic instead, and ESPNews still airs during overnight hours

High definition

MASNHD is a high definition simulcast feed of MASN, which broadcasts in the 1080i resolution format. MASN announced that it would launch a full-time HD feed on September 16, 2008, and televise 200 Major League Baseball games in HD in 2009.[4] Since 2010, MASN and MASN2 have televised every Orioles and Nationals game not aired on national television in high definition.[5] In 2012, all sports telecasts on the network began to be letterboxed on the network's standard definition feed via the #10 Active Format Description tag format, with graphics framed for 16:9 widescreen displays rather than the 4:3 safe area; games produced by MASN on WDCW and WJZ-TV utilize 4:3-optimized graphics to accommodate standard definition viewers.

Controversies

Carriage controversies

Comcast

After the Orioles agreed to share their television territory with the Nationals, another controversy arose with television rights. Comcast Sports Net Mid-Atlantic, the Orioles' cable partner since 1984, dating back to its days as Home Team Sports (which until 2000, was formerly co-owned with WJZ-TV under Group W and later CBS) maintained a ten-year cable television contract to broadcast Orioles games through the 2006 season. When MASN announced plans to move Orioles broadcasts to MASN, CSN Mid-Atlantic (by then, a wholly owned subsidiary of Comcast) sued the Orioles seeking enforcement of a clause in its contract with the team, which Comcast SportsNet claimed allowed them the exclusive right of first and last refusal on future television contracts. MASN and the Orioles, however, claimed that MASN is a trade name for TCR Sports Broadcasting Holding, which was established in 1996 to sell all of the Orioles television rights, which resulted in the sale of the ten-year deal to HTS. Because of this, the Orioles and MASN claimed to be simply bringing their rights in-house.

On July 27, 2005, after argument by Baltimore attorney Arnold M. Weiner, Montgomery County Circuit Judge Durke G. Thompson threw out Comcast's lawsuit, ruling that the clause in Comcast's contract with the Orioles had not been triggered.[6] Comcast filed an amended complaint and on October 5, Judge Thompson threw out Comcast's second effort.

Up to that point, Comcast was the only major cable carrier that refused to carry MASN. However, as Comcast is the dominant cable provider in most of the Nationals and Orioles territory—including Baltimore and Washington themselves—this left most Nationals fans unable to see games without satellite. Additionally, Adelphia Communications – then in the middle of bankruptcy proceedings and therefore unable to reach new carriage deals – was in the process of being sold to Comcast and Time Warner Cable on a piecemeal basis. On August 4, 2006, following a settlement, it was announced that Comcast would carry MASN starting that September.[7] Comcast was forced to drop its lawsuit under the terms of the deal.[8] This cleared the way for the Orioles to move their games to MASN for the 2007 season.

In August 2008, MASN made a carriage complaint to the Federal Communications Commission after negotiations with Comcast did not result in a new contractual agreement. On December 23, 2009, Comcast and MASN finally settled their dispute over these systems, with the cable provider announcing plans to carry the network on systems that were not carrying it already "as early as 2010". The FCC complaint was dismissed that same day.[9] On March 23, 2010, MASN announced that Comcast would begin carrying the network on its central Pennsylvania systems on March 31.[10]

Time Warner Cable

Time Warner Cable, North Carolina's largest cable provider, never carried MASN on a basic cable tier on its North Carolina systems. This has resulted in the network airing a series of radio advertisements in the area asking TWC customers to ask the cable provider to add the network. On January 21, 2008, an FCC arbitrator ordered TWC to add MASN on its North Carolina systems, citing an argument that the provider was not carrying MASN in an effort to protect its own regional sports network Time Warner Cable Sports.[11] Time Warner Cable appealed the decision to the FCC. On October 30, 2008, the FCC's Media Bureau denied the motions filed by Time Warner Cable in its appeal, and ordered TWC to put MASN on the analog tier of its North Carolina systems within 30 days.[12]

TWC filed another appeal for that decision, this time to the full commission. On January 16, 2009, the item was placed "on circulation" and remained there for almost two years. On December 20, 2010, the FCC voted 4-1 to grant Time Warner Cable's petition for review and reversed the Media Bureau's order. In the Memorandum Opinion and Order, it was revealed that in addition to offering carriage to MASN on a digital basic tier, TWC had "inquired into MASN's willingness to agree to carriage of MASN on an analog tier only in its Eastern North Carolina systems".[13] This information seemed to expose TWC's apparent willingness to carry MASN on an analog tier on its systems in the Triangle and Wilmington areas, where the Nationals and Orioles are the only "local" teams designated by Major League Baseball. In the remaining home markets that are shared with the Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds—including Charlotte and the Piedmont Triad—MASN would be carried on a digital basic tier, which is the same level of service where some Braves' games are carried.[14]

However, MASN insists on analog coverage in all areas. As a result, Time Warner Cable refused to carry the network in North Carolina.[15] MASN's North Carolina footprint is limited to a few small cable systems scattered across the state, mostly in areas that are part of the Hampton Roads market. This situation has yet to change with TWC's acquisition by Charter Communications. However, Charter shut down Spectrum Sports, successor to Time Warner Cable Sports, in June 2017.

All games involving the Orioles and Nationals are blacked out in most of North Carolina from all other outlets including MLB Network, TBS, ESPN (for weekday games), MLB Extra Innings and MLB.tv.

Fibrant

Fibrant (now Hotwire[16]), a municipal fiber "Internet service provider" that served Salisbury, North Carolina, carried MASN at one time, but by 2015 had removed MASN because MASN wanted to charge so much that Fibrant would have had to subscription raise its rates in order to keep MASN.[17]

Washington Nationals coverage

Broadcast practices

Major League Baseball and Angelos struck the deal to create MASN only days before the beginning of the 2005 season, before the completion of arrangements for Washington-area cable television providers to carry MASN′s two channels (MASN and MASN2). As a result of this, many Washington, D.C.-area fans initially did not receive the new network via their cable television providers and were unable to watch most Nationals games for some time during the Nationals′ first season, leading to frustration with the network among Nationals fans.

Some Nationals fans contend that the majority ownership stake that Angelos and the Orioles hold in MASN leads the network to exhibit a bias in covering the Orioles compared to the Nationals, such as displaying the scores of Beltway Series games as "Orioles vs. Washington" – which critics see as sending a subtle message that the Orioles represent the entire Baltimore-Washington area, while the Nationals represent only Washington – as opposed to a more neutral "Orioles vs. Nationals" or "Baltimore vs. Washington."

Broadcast rights fees

When the amount MASN pays annually to the Nationals to broadcast Nationals games first came up for renegotiation in 2012, the Nationals asked for MASN to increase its annual payment to $118 million per year[18] for the 2012 through 2016 seasons, while the Orioles countered with an offer averaging $39.5 million per year,[18] arguing that the Nationals′ request was well above fair market value and in any case unaffordable for MASN, and it began paying the Nationals that amount in 2012[18] pending agreement between MASN and the Nationals on a fee. When MASN and the Nationals could not agree on an annual amount, the Orioles and Nationals submitted the matter to Major League Baseball′s Revenue-Sharing Definitions Committee for arbitration. The committee issued a written decision on June 30, 2014, that MASN should pay the Nationals an average of $59 million per year for 2012 through 2016.[18] Claiming the decision was biased against the Orioles, MASN pursued litigation on behalf of the Orioles and itself to have the committee′s decision vacated.[18] With the matter tied up in the courts, the entire 2012-2016 period went by without a resolution of the matter,[18] and the teams missed the next required renegotiation for the seasons from 2017 through 2021. The Nationals seek payment from MASN of over $100 million in fees each for the 2012-2016 and 2017-2021 periods,[19] The Nationals and some of their fans contend that the delay in MASN increasing the rights fees it pays Nationals has had a negative impact on the Nationals′ revenues and their ability to sign expensive free agents.

The Washington Post reported that the animosity between the teams over this dispute may have played a role in the Orioles postponing two of a three-game home series against the Chicago White Sox, playing the third game without allowing fans to attend, and moving a subsequent series with the Rays to Tampa Bay due to security concerns during the civil unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray in April 2015. The Nationals were in the middle of a long road trip at the time, so Nationals Park would have been available as a nearby venue on short notice. Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred had suggested that possibility earlier in the week.[20][21]

An Orioles spokesman would not comment on whether the teams' dispute affected the team's rescheduling decisions, but another source with the team told the Post that it had. The Nationals said that neither the Orioles nor MLB had approached them about making their stadium available. However, they never made the offer themselves.[20]

On-air staff

Current on-air staff

Orioles broadcasters

Nationals broadcasters

  • Bob Carpenter – main play-by-play announcer since 2006
  • F. P. Santangelo – main color commentator since 2011
  • Dan Kolko – main sideline reporter from 2014 to 2018; Nats Xtra host since 2019
  • Dave Jageler – fill-in play-by-play announcer
  • Byron Kerr – fill-in sideline reporter and fill-in Nats Xtra host
  • Phil Wood – fill-in Nats Xtra host
  • Michael Morse - fill-in color commentator and Nats Xtra host since 2018
  • Bo PorterNats Xtra analyst since 2019
  • Alex Chappell – sideline reporter since 2019

Former on-air staff

  • Kristina Akra - Nationals sideline reporter in 2012
  • Don Baylor – Fill-in commentator on Nationals and Nats Xtra broadcasts in 2007
  • Ron Darling - Nationals color commentator in 2005
  • Rob Dibble – Nationals color commentator (2009–September 1, 2010)[22]
  • Mike Flanagan – Orioles color commentator (2010–August 2011; deceased)
  • Johnny HollidayNats Xtra host, 2007–2018
  • Ray KnightNats Xtra analyst, 2007-2018[23]
  • Tom Paciorek - Nationals color commentator in 2006
  • Mel Proctor - Nationals play-by-play announcer in 2005
  • Billy Ripken – fill-in Orioles color commentator/play-by-play announcer
  • Jen Royle - Orioles sideline reporter
  • Don Sutton - Nationals color commentator in 2007 and 2008
  • Debbi Taylor - Nationals sideline reporter from 2007 to 2011
  • Amber Theoharis - Orioles sideline reporter
  • Julie Valentina - Nationals sideline reporter in 2013
  • Mark Viviano – fill-in Orioles sideline reporter

References

  1. ^ Tim Lemke (June 25, 2009). "Yankees' online viewing breakthrough". The Washington Times. Retrieved December 31, 2010.
  2. ^ ""Battle of the Beltways" Kicks Off Friday on MASN". MASNsports.com. June 25, 2009. Archived from the original on November 25, 2010. Retrieved December 31, 2010.
  3. ^ "Peter Angelos – Peter Angelos remains a powerful paradox". Baltimore Sun. October 2, 2010. Retrieved December 31, 2010.
  4. ^ "MASN to Launch Full-Time HD Channel". MASNsports.com. September 16, 2008. Archived from the original on November 5, 2010. Retrieved December 31, 2010.
  5. ^ "MASN Announces 2010 Baseball Television Schedule". MASNsports.com. January 21, 2010. Archived from the original on November 25, 2010. Retrieved December 31, 2010.
  6. ^ Robert J. Terry (July 25, 2005). "Judge sides with Orioles over Comcast in sports network feud". Baltimore Business Journal.
  7. ^ "Washington Nationals News". Washington Nationals. Major League Baseball. August 4, 2006.
  8. ^ "Not all getting O's new network". The Roanoke Times. November 10, 2008. Archived from the original on September 8, 2012. Retrieved December 31, 2010.
  9. ^ "Comcast, MASN Settle Carriage Dispute". Multichannel News. December 23, 2009. Retrieved December 31, 2010.
  10. ^ "MASN Launches on Comcast in Harrisburg on March 31". MASNsports.com. March 23, 2010. Archived from the original on November 5, 2010. Retrieved December 31, 2010.
  11. ^ "Time Warner Ordered to Carry Sports Network". WRAL-TV. Capitol Broadcasting Company. January 21, 2008.
  12. ^ "Order on Review: In the Matter of TCR Sports Broadcasting Holding, L.L.P. d/b/a Mid-Atlantic Sports Network v. Time Warner Cable Inc" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. October 30, 2008.
  13. ^ "Memorandum Opinion and Order: In the Matter of TCR Sports Broadcasting Holding, L.L.P. d/b/a Mid-Atlantic Sports Network v. Time Warner Cable Inc" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. December 20, 2010.
  14. ^ "Peachtree TV Affiliates | braves.com: Schedule". Atlanta Braves. Major League Baseball. Archived from the original on April 8, 2009. Retrieved December 31, 2010.
  15. ^ "MASN News & Information - Orioles, Nationals, Ravens on MASNsports.com". MASNSports.com. Archived from the original on November 4, 2010. Retrieved December 31, 2010.
  16. ^ Moomey, Liz (2 December 2018). "After a lag, Hotwire continues transition from Fibrant". Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  17. ^ https://www.facebook.com/fibrant/posts/946369938728335
  18. ^ a b c d e f Summer, Avi, "The Cold Stove: How the Television Rights Dispute Between the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals Impacts Offseason Decisions," thesportsesquires.com, January 22, 2018.
  19. ^ Stempel, Jonathan, "Washington Nationals get win over Baltimore Orioles in TV rights dispute," FReuters, July 13, 2017, 3:50 p.m.
  20. ^ a b Sviruga, Barry; Kilgore, Adam (April 28, 2015). "Orioles to host home game against the White Sox in an empty stadium". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  21. ^ Connolly, Dan (April 27, 2015). "O's-White Sox series might move out of city". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  22. ^ Mark Zuckerman (September 1, 2010). "Dibble's tenure with MASN is over". Nats Insider.
  23. ^ Janes, Chelsea. "Ray Knight will not return to MASN's Nationals broadcasts next season". washingtonpost.com. Washington Post. Retrieved 4 November 2018.

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Amber Theoharis

Amber Theoharis (born September 13, 1978) is a co-host for NFL Network on NFL Total Access.Theoharis is a 1996 graduate of Middletown High School (Maryland) and of the University of Maryland. She started her media career in Salisbury, Maryland at WBOC news. and was formerly a sports talk radio host for WJZ-FM, and a sports reporter for WRC-TV in Washington, D.C.

In 2007, Theoharis joined MASN as a reporter. Some of her other duties for MASN included covering the Baltimore Ravens by hosting Ravens Xtra with Wally Williams and Bruce Laird and Playmakers, and reporting during Orioles telecasts. In 2011, instead of covering the Baltimore Orioles team on a day-to-day basis and providing live reports during and after games, she started focusing on interviews and features for the network's "Mid-Atlantic Sports Report," blogging regularly and filling in for sportscaster Jim Hunter alongside Rick Dempsey on the "O's Extra" pre- and post-game shows when Hunter shifts into the booth for play-by-play. She also hosted a sports talk show called The A-List on WJZ-FM 105.7 Baltimore and was a columnist for PressBox.In September 2012, Theoharis left MASN to work for NFL Network on NFL Total Access, where she replaced longtime co-host, Kara Henderson, who left the network after nine years to start a family.

Theoharis was named Baltimore's most eligible bachelorette by Forbes. Theoharis is married to Todd Buchler and together they have two daughters.

Bo Porter

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Bob Carpenter (sportscaster)

Bob Carpenter (born 1953) is a long-time sportscaster and current television play-by-play announcer for Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals on MASN. He attended William Cullen McBride High School in St. Louis, Missouri, the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Dave Johnson (1987–93 pitcher)

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Debbi Taylor

Debbi Taylor, formerly Debbi Wrobleski, is an American sports reporter who has worked for the New England Sports Network (NESN) and the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN).

Taylor got her start in sports broadcasting at NESN, where she hosted the morning show, as well as doing feature interviews and reporting for Boston Red Sox games.

After six years at NESN, Taylor joined Sun Sports and FSN Florida, where she worked as a sideline reporter. She was also a sports anchor and reporter for WOFL and WKMG-TV in Orlando, where she covered the Daytona 500 and Super Bowl. From 2007 through 2011, she was MASN′s sideline reporter at Washington Nationals games, the first person ever to serve in this role.

Taylor has won two local Emmys and a national Emmy for her trip to Cuba and "The Friendship Games." She was honored by Red Sox legend Ted Williams by being one of only two women included in the "Hitters Hall of Fame." (The other was longtime Red Sox owner Jean Yawkey).

Taylor is a native of Nashua, New Hampshire. She is married to former Major League Baseball pitcher Wade Taylor and they have a daughter.

Don Baylor

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Don Sutton

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Sutton was born in Clio, Alabama. He attended high school and community college in Florida before entering professional baseball. After a year in the minor leagues, Sutton joined the Dodgers. Beginning in 1966, he was in the team's starting pitching rotation with Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale and Claude Osteen. Sixteen of Sutton's 23 MLB seasons were spent with the Dodgers. He registered only one 20-win season, but he earned double-digit wins in almost all of his seasons.

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Gary Thorne

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Jim Hunter (sportscaster)

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Jim Palmer

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Johnny Holliday

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Ray Knight

Charles Ray Knight (born December 28, 1952) is an American former right-handed Major League Baseball corner infielder best remembered for his time with the Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets. Originally drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the tenth round of the 1970 Major League Baseball Draft, he is likely best remembered to Reds fans as the man who replaced Pete Rose at third base, whereas Mets fans remember Knight as the man who scored the winning run of game six of the 1986 World Series and the MVP of that series. He was most recently a studio analyst and occasional game analyst for the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network's coverage of the Washington Nationals from 2007 to 2018.

Rick Dempsey

John Rikard Dempsey (born September 13, 1949) is an American former professional baseball player. He played for 24 seasons as a catcher in Major League Baseball from 1969 to 1992, most notably for the Baltimore Orioles. Dempsey was known for being one of the best defensive catchers of his era.

Rob Dibble

Robert Keith Dibble (born January 24, 1964) is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher and television analyst. Between 1988 and 1995, Dibble played for the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers. He was a two-time All-Star who recorded 89 saves during his career. Since retiring as a player, Dibble has held several roles in sports television broadcasting.

Steve Buckhantz

Steve Buckhantz (born June 19, 1955) is a television play-by-play announcer for the Washington Wizards.

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