Rich Waltz (born October 22, 1962) is an American television play-by-play commentator. A three time Emmy winner, Waltz is best known for calling television broadcasts for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball from 2005 to 2017. In November 2017, Waltz's dismissal by Fox Sports Florida and the Marlins was criticized by fans and media. Currently, Waltz calls baseball for MLB Network and College Football and Basketball for CBS Sports Network, CBS Sports, FS1, Fox Sports, and Turner Sports. This June, Waltz called Kumar Rocker's 19 strikeout no-hitter for Vanderbilt in the NCAA Super Regionals on ESPN.
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Los Medanos College
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From 2012–2015, Waltz called games on Fox's Saturday Baseball package, and he has filled in on MLB Network's Thursday Night Baseball coverage. Waltz has called three World Baseball Classics (WBC) for MLB Network; in 2013 and 2017 he partnered with Buck Martinez and called two rounds of the WBC in Japan.
Waltz joined FSN Florida from FSN Northwest. He has also called Major League Baseball games for Fox, ESPN, ESPN Radio, and FX nationally along with the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays broadcasts on CBC Television in Canada. Additionally, Waltz has called five no-hitters including Aníbal Sánchez's in September 2006, Roy Halladay's perfect game on May 29, 2010, and Henderson Alvarez's no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers on the final game of the 2013 Major League Baseball season.
From 1997–2002, Waltz called college football games for ESPN, ESPN Radio and ABC in the Big Ten, SEC and ACC conferences. Waltz's ESPN assignments included Major League Baseball, NCAA basketball, Arena Football, NCAA college softball World Series, Little League World Series Regional Finals, and Major League Soccer. His football experience also includes NFL Europe for Fox, Pac-12 Football for FSN, and NFL preseason games for the Seattle Seahawks. Waltz has also called both ATP and WTA events on Tennis Channel, including 2015 events from Dubai, Doha, and Buenos Aires.
From 2010 to 2012, Waltz called games on ACC College Football Saturday and SEC Saturday Nights produced and distributed by Fox Sports Net and Raycom Sports. His college basketball work has included games in every major conference for Fox, ESPN, CBS Sports Network, and Raycom. In 2012, he called the Reese's College All-Star Game at the Final Four for TNT.
Since 2015 Waltz' College football analysts have included Adam Archuleta, Aaron Murray, and David Diehl.
In 2006, Waltz helped create and organize the FSN Fantasy Auction, which in 12 years raised more than $1.2 million for the Marlins Community Foundation. In 2008, he was honored by the Marlins with their Community Service Award.
Waltz played college baseball, first for Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, California, then at the University of California, Davis. He was a starting infielder for the Aggies on two conference championship teams.
He currently resides in Issaquah, Washington with his wife and two daughters.
The 1997 Holiday Bowl was a college football bowl game played December 29, 1997, in San Diego, California. It was part of the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. It featured the Colorado State Rams from the Western Athletic Conference, and the Missouri Tigers from the Big 12 Conference.
Colorado State opened the scoring following a 14-yard touchdown run from running back Darran Hall, giving CSU an early 7-0 lead. Scott Knickman got Missouri on the board after he drilled a 32-yard field goal, getting Missouri within 7-3. In the second quarter, Missouri scored on a 4-yard touchdown run from quarterback Corby Jones, giving the Tigers a 10-7 lead.
Colorado State quarterback Moses Moreno found wide receiver Corey McCoy for a 22-yard touchdown pass, and Colorado State reclaimed the lead at 14-10. Missouri's Ernest Blackwell scored on a 7-yard touchdown run, again shifting the lead to the Tigers, 17-14.
In the third quarter, Colorado State reclaimed the lead following an 85-yard punt return from Darren Hall, putting the Rams up 21-17. Moses Moreno later found wide receiver Dallas Davis on a 47-yard pass to increase Colorado State's lead to 28-17. Missouri's Brock Olivo scored on a 3-yard touchdown run, pulling Missouri to within 28-24. Ryan Eslinger's 23-yard touchdown run gave Colorado State a 35-24 lead, and the final score held up.1999 Independence Bowl
The 1999 Independence Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game between the Ole Miss Rebels and the Oklahoma Sooners.1999 Mobile Alabama Bowl
The 1999 Mobile Alabama Bowl was an American college football bowl game. It was part of the 1999 NCAA Division I-A football season, and was the inaugural edition to the game (which was later renamed the GMAC Bowl). It was played on December 22, 1999, and featured the 8–3 East Carolina Pirates (Coaches/ESPN No. 20) of Conference USA, and the 7–4 TCU Horned Frogs of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The game was played at Ladd–Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.
East Carolina opened the scoring with a 58-yard touchdown pass from quarterback David Garrard to wide receiver Arnie Powell. TCU running back LaDainian Tomlinson scored on a 2-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 7 after one quarter. Casey Printers threw a 21-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, and the Horned Frogs took a 14–7 lead. Tomlinson, who had 124 yards rushing in the game, scored on a 3-yard touchdown run before halftime, to give TCU a 21-7 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Jamie Wilson scored on a 13-yard touchdown run to bring East Carolina within a touchdown. Russell Gary scored on an interception return to give TCU a 28–14 lead. TCU, which alternated between the quarterbacks Casey and Patrick Batteaux, made it impossible for the Pirates to adjust to the variance of play styles between the drop back passer Printers and the option running Batteaux. The Frogs defense shut down the Pirates' running game, holding them to minus-16 yards. TCU held on to that lead to win the game by that margin.2000 Liberty Bowl
The 2000 AXA Liberty Bowl was a postseason college football game played between the Colorado State Rams and the Louisville Cardinals on December 29, 2000, at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee. Colorado State won the game 22–17; Colorado State running back Cecil Sapp, the game's MVP, ran for a career-high 160 yards and a touchdown.2001 Independence Bowl
The 2001 MainStay Independence Bowl, part of the 2001–02 bowl game season, took place on December 27, 2001, at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana. The competing teams were the Alabama Crimson Tide, representing the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and the Iowa State Cyclones of the Big 12 Conference (Big 12). Alabama won the game, 14–13 in what was the first all-time game between the programs. It was also the first bowl game for Dennis Franchione at Alabama and the second bowl game for Dan McCarney at Iowa State.2017 Nevada Wolf Pack football team
The 2017 Nevada Wolf Pack football team represented the University of Nevada, Reno in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Wolf Pack were led by first-year head coach Jay Norvell and played their home games at Mackay Stadium. They were members of the West Division of the Mountain West Conference. They finished the season 3–9, 3–5 in Mountain West play to finish in fourth place in the West Division.2018 Air Force Falcons football team
The 2018 Air Force Falcons football team represented the United States Air Force Academy in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Falcons were led by twelfth-year head coach Troy Calhoun and played their home games at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They were members of the Mountain West Conference in the Mountain Division. They finished the season 5–7, 3–5 in Mountain West play to finish in fourth place in the Mountain Division.2018 Nevada Wolf Pack football team
The 2018 Nevada Wolf Pack football team represents the University of Nevada, Reno in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Wolf Pack are led by second-year head coach Jay Norvell and play their home games at Mackay Stadium. They are members of the West Division of the Mountain West Conference.2019 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament
The 2019 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament began on May 31, 2019 as part of 2019 NCAA Division I baseball season. The 64-team, double-elimination tournament concluded with the 2019 College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska which started on June 15 and ended on June 26.Allison Williams (reporter)
Allison Williams (born January 18, 1984) is a sportscaster with ESPN and former host for select pregame/postgame shows for Marlins Live. She did field reporting with play-by-play man Rich Waltz and color commentator Tommy Hutton.List of Holiday Bowl broadcasters
The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who have broadcast college football's Holiday Bowl throughout the years.List of Independence Bowl broadcasters
This is a list of Independence Bowl broadcasters. The Independence Bowl is a post-season NCAA-sanctioned Division I college football bowl game that is played annually at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana.List of Liberty Bowl broadcasters
The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who have broadcast college football's Liberty Bowl throughout the years.List of Music City Bowl broadcasters
The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who have broadcast college football's Music City Bowl throughout the years.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.Preston Wilson
Preston James Richard Wilson (born July 19, 1974) is a former professional baseball center fielder. He played all or part of ten seasons in Major League Baseball from 1998 to 2007. He is both the nephew and stepson of former New York Mets outfielder Mookie Wilson. (Mookie married Preston's mother after his brother fathered Preston.)
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