MASN to overhaul Orioles broadcast team for 2020 MLB Season
The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network is overhauling its broadcast team for the Baltimore Orioles amidst the global pandemic that has impacted the resumption of baseball this season, according to Dan Connolly of the Athletic. Four members of the original Orioles broadcast team will not be involved in upcoming Orioles telecasts, which include, Gary Throne, Jim Palmer, Rick Dempsey, and Tom Davis, according to Connolly of the Athletic. In addition, the newly implemented announcing team will feature Scott Garceau and Kevin Brown as the signature play-by-play broadcasters, while Ben McDonald and Mike Bordick will handle analyzing games through the 2020 regular season, per Connolly.
Certainly, Throne and Palmer will be missed in the broadcast booth during the 2020 season as the commentary duo have been a staple for MASN through the past decade, and the newly announced telecast team will have to adapt to potential broadcasts from “remote locations” due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Baltimore Sun. Previously speaking, Throne has announced for several sports leagues, including MLB, the NHL, and college football for the NCAA, while Palmer was a member of the Orioles organization as a pitcher (prior to broadcasting), spending 19 seasons with the team and recording a career ERA of 2.86, a rather impressive mark.
Next week, the Baltimore Orioles will open their 2020 season against the Boston Red Sox in a three-game series scheduled to take place at Fenway Park from July 24th-26th of 2020. In the opening contest, Baltimore will send left-handed pitcher John Means to the mound, while Boston has elected right-handed pitcher Nathan Eovaldi as the starter on Opening Day.