Daron Sutton

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Daron Sutton (born October 21, 1969[1]) 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).

Biography[edit]

While working in Milwaukee, he also began broadcasting Milwaukee Panthers men's basketball games, a job he continues to this day. Sutton had previously expressed that it has been his career dream to work in Milwaukee, having spent some of his teenage years living there during the time his father pitched for the Brewers.

Daron had the opportunity to work alongside his father as a member of the Atlanta Braves broadcast team from 1997 to 1999, including hosting pre-game and post-game shows and play-by-play work for Braves telecasts on Fox Sports Net South. While working in Atlanta, he also broadcast many Southeastern Conference sporting events, including basketball, gymnastics, swimming, and track and field. He graduated from Auburn University-Montgomery in 1992 with a degree in communications. In 2003, Sutton received a Chicago/Midwest chapter Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement for Individual Excellence on Camera. He also was nominated two other times (1999 and 2004) for regional Emmy Awards in similar capacities.

He began his broadcasting career upon graduating from college, working in various capacities for the CNN networks, including as a sports anchor in 1994. Sutton was also a Minor League baseball player in the Angels and Braves organizations in 1992.[2]

On November 14, 2006, Sutton worked as a sideline reporter during the Milwaukee Bucks at Atlanta Hawks NBA game on the FSN North Network.

Sutton was released from his contract by the Brewers amicably on October 23, 2006, as he had sought to pursue other options. He was mentioned as a possible replacement for Thom Brennaman for the Arizona Diamondbacks and signed a five-year contract, with a three-year club option, to replace Brennaman on November 1, 2006.[3]

Sutton was suspended from broadcasting by the Diamondbacks in June 2012, for wearing a suit during broadcasts, with no time specified for a return.[4] He continued to handle play-by-play duties on national broadcasts of Fox Sports Game of the Week. For the rest of the 2012 Diamondbacks' broadcasts, he was replaced by Greg Schulte. In October 2012, it was announced that Sutton would not be returning to the booth for the Diamondbacks. For 2013, he is replaced by Steve Berthiaume who was an anchor for ESPN.

Personal life[edit]

Sutton resides in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife and daughters.

Among the various charities that he participates in, Sutton also hosts an annual charity golf tournament in the Phoenix area, which benefits the Southwest Autism Resource and Research Center.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Daron Sutton Minor League Statistics & History - Baseball-Reference.com". Minors.baseball-reference.com. 1969-10-21. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  2. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=sutton001dar
  3. ^ By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com (2006-10-25). "D-backs name Sutton as TV announcer | dbacks.com: News". Arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  4. ^ Sunnucks, Mike. "No time frame for Daron Sutton's return to Diamondbacks booth". Phoenix Business Journal. 

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