List of American League Division Series broadcasters

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The following is a list of the national television and radio networks and announcers who have covered the American League Division Series throughout the years. It does not include any announcers who may have appeared on local radio broadcasts produced by the participating teams.

Television[edit]

2010s[edit]

Year Series Network Play-by-play Color commentators Field reporters
2013[1] Oakland Athletics/Detroit Tigers TBS (Games 1–2, 4–5)
MLB Network (Game 3)
Don Orsillo (Games 1–2, 4–5)
Matt Vasgersian (Game 3)
Dennis Eckersley and Buck Martinez (Games 1–2, 4–5)
Jim Kaat (Game 3)
David Aldridge (Games 1–2, 4–5)
Sam Ryan (Game 3)
Boston Red Sox/Tampa Bay Rays TBS Brian Anderson John Smoltz and Joe Simpson Rachel Nichols
2012 New York Yankees/Baltimore Orioles TBS Ernie Johnson, Jr. John Smoltz and Cal Ripken, Jr. Craig Sager
Oakland Athletics/Detroit Tigers TBS (Games 1, 3)
MLB Network (Game 2)[2]
TNT (Games 4–5)
Don Orsillo (Games 1, 3–5)[3]
Matt Vasgersian (Game 2)
Buck Martinez (Games 1, 3–5)
Jim Kaat (Game 2)
Jaime Maggio (Games 1, 3–5)
Sam Ryan (Game 2)
2011[4] New York Yankees/Detroit Tigers TBS
TNT (Game 2)
Brian Anderson Ron Darling and John Smoltz Tom Verducci
Texas Rangers/Tampa Bay Rays TBS
TNT (Game 2)[5]
Don Orsillo Buck Martinez Jaime Maggio
2010[6] Tampa Bay Rays/Texas Rangers TBS
Don Orsillo Buck Martinez and Ron Darling (Game 5) Marc Fein
Minnesota Twins/New York Yankees TBS
Ernie Johnson, Jr. Ron Darling and John Smoltz Craig Sager

Notes[edit]

  • TNT was scheduled to air three entire Division Series games in 2011 due to conflicts with TBS. On October 1, it aired Game 2 of the Tampa Bay Rays vs. the Texas Rangers at 7 p.m. ET, which overlapped with the end of Game 1 of the St. Louis Cardinals vs. the Philadelphia Phillies and the continuation of Game 1 of the Detroit Tigers vs. the New York Yankees on TBS. (The latter was also to have been Game 2, but Game 1 was suspended after 1½ innings due to rain.) On October 2, it aired the rescheduled Game 2 between the Tigers and the Yankees at 3 p.m. ET, two hours before Game 2 of the Arizona Diamondbacks vs. the Milwaukee Brewers on TBS. On October 4, it aired Game 3 of the Diamondbacks vs. the Brewers at 9:30 p.m. ET, one hour after Game 3 of the Tigers vs. the Yankees started on TBS.
  • For the 2012 and 2013 seasons, TBS has been awarded the rights to televise both Wild Card Playoff games that occur on the day before the Division Series games. In exchange, MLB Network has been awarded the rights to televise two of the Division Series games that previously belonged to TBS.[7]

2000s[edit]

Year Series Network Play-by-play Color commentators Field reporters
2009 New York Yankees/Minnesota Twins TBS
Chip Caray Ron Darling Craig Sager
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim/Boston Red Sox TBS
Don Orsillo Buck Martinez Marc Fein
2008 Boston Red Sox/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim TBS
Chip Caray Buck Martinez and Ron Darling (Game 4) Craig Sager
Chicago White Sox/Tampa Bay Rays TBS
Don Orsillo Harold Reynolds Marc Fein
2007 Cleveland Indians/New York Yankees TBS
Chip Caray Tony Gwynn and Bob Brenly Craig Sager
Boston Red Sox/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim TBS
Ted Robinson Steve Stone José Mota
2006 Detroit Tigers/New York Yankees Fox (Games 1, 4)
ESPN (Games 2-3)
Joe Buck (Game 1)
Jon Miller (Games 2-3)
Josh Lewin (Game 4)
Tim McCarver (Game 1)
Joe Morgan (Games 2-3) and Ernie Harwell (Game 3)
Steve Lyons (Game 4)
Oakland Athletics/Minnesota Twins ESPN Jon Miller (Game 1)
Dave O'Brien (Games 2-3)
Joe Morgan (Game 1)
Rick Sutcliffe and Eric Karros (Games 2-3)
2005 Chicago White Sox/Boston Red Sox ESPN (Games 1-2)
ESPN2 (Game 3)
Chris Berman Rick Sutcliffe and Mike Piazza
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim/New York Yankees Fox (Games 1, 4-5)
ESPN (Games 2-3)
Joe Buck (Games 1, 5) and Thom Brennaman (Game 4)
Jon Miller (Games 2-3)
Tim McCarver (Games 1, 4-5)
Joe Morgan (Games 2-3)
2004 Boston Red Sox/Anaheim Angels ESPN Chris Berman Rick Sutcliffe and Tony Gwynn
New York Yankees/Minnesota Twins Fox (Games 1, 4)
ESPN (Games 2-3)
Joe Buck (Game 1)
Jon Miller (Games 2-3)
Josh Lewin (Game 4)
Tim McCarver (Game 1)
Joe Morgan (Games 2-3)
Steve Lyons (Game 4)
2003 New York Yankees/Minnesota Twins ESPN (Games 1, 3-4)
Fox (Game 2)
Jon Miller (Game 1)
Joe Buck (Game 2)
Gary Thorne (Games 3-4)
Joe Morgan (Game 1)
Tim McCarver (Game 2)
Jeff Brantley and David Justice (Games 3-4)
Boston Red Sox/Oakland Athletics ESPN (Games 1, 4)
ESPN2 (Games 2-3)
Fox (Game 5)
Dave O'Brien (Game 1)
Jon Miller (Games 2-4)
Thom Brennaman (Game 5)
Jeff Brantley (Game 1)
Joe Morgan (Games 2-4)
Steve Lyons (Game 5)
2002 Anaheim Angles/New York Yankees Fox (Games 1-2, 4)
ABC Family (Game 3)
Joe Buck (Games 1-2)
Jon Miller (Game 3)
Thom Brennaman (Game 4)
Tim McCarver (Games 1-2, 4)
Joe Morgan (Game 3)
Minnesota Twins/Oakland Athletics ABC Family
ESPN2 (Game 2)
Jon Miller (Games 1-2, 5)
Dave O'Brien (Games 3-4)
Joe Morgan (Games 1-2, 5)
Tony Gwynn (Games 3-4) and Rick Sutcliffe (Games 3-4)
2001 New York Yankees/Oakland Athletics Fox Joe Buck (Games 1-2)
Thom Brennaman (Games 3,[8] 4-5)
Tim McCarver (Games 1-2)
Steve Lyons (Games 3-5)
Seattle Mariners/Cleveland Indians Fox (Games 1, 3, 5)
Fox Family (Games 2, 4)
Josh Lewin Rex Hudler
2000 New York Yankees/Oakland Athletics NBC (Games 1, 3-4)/Pax (Game 1)
Fox (Games 2, 5)
Skip Caray (Games 1, 3-4)
Joe Buck (Game 2)
Thom Brennaman (Game 5)
Joe Morgan (Games 1, 3-4)
Tim McCarver (Game 2)
Bob Brenly (Game 5)
Bob Wischusen (Game 1) and Jim Gray (Games 3-4)
Seattle Mariners/Chicago White Sox ESPN Chris Berman Rick Sutcliffe

Notes[edit]

  • ABC Family's coverage of the Division Series was produced by ESPN. The reason that games were on ABC Family instead of ESPN was because The Walt Disney Company (ESPN's parent company) bought Fox Family from News Corporation. The ABC Family/ESPN inherited Division Series package was included in Fox's then exclusive television contract with Major League Baseball (initiated in 2001). ABC Family had no other choice but to fulfill the contract handed to them. The only usage of the ABC Family "bug" was for a ten second period when returning from a commercial break (in the lower right corner of the screen).
    • Game 2 (played on October 2) of the Minnesota/Oakland series in 2002 started on ESPN2 because the San Francisco-Atlanta game (which started at 1 p.m. Eastern Time) ran over the three hour time window. The game was eventually switched back to ABC Family once the early game ended.
  • Turner Sports provided a provisional plan in which if a League Division Series game televised on TBS ran into the start of the next LDS game scheduled to air on TBS, then TNT would provide supplementary coverage of the latter games' early moments. To be more specific, all games in the Division Series round were presented back-to-back, with each game scheduled for a 3½-hour window. If a game exceeded this window, the first pitch of the next game would be switched to TNT. If a game ended within 3½ hours, the studio team would return for interstitial programming.
    • In 2007, TBS switched the starts of four games to TNT in the Division Series round because the previous games exceeded the time limit. TNT was also scheduled to air Game 4 of the Diamondbacks-Cubs series, which overlapped with Game 3 of the Red Sox-Angels series, but the former game was not played; the night before, the D-Backs completed a three game sweep of the Cubs.

1990s[edit]

Year Series Network Play-by-play Color commentators
1999 New York Yankees/Texas Rangers NBC (Games 1, 3)
Fox (Game 2)
Bob Costas (Games 1, 3)
Thom Brennaman (Game 2)
Joe Morgan (Games 1, 3)
Bob Brenly (Game 2)
Boston Red Sox/Cleveland Indians Fox (Games 1, 3-5)
Fox (Game 2[9])
ESPN (Game 2)
Joe Buck (Games 1, 5)
Jon Miller (Game 2)
Thom Brennaman (Games 3-4)
Tim McCarver (Games 1, 5)
Joe Morgan (Game 2)
Bob Brenly (Games 3-5)
1998 New York Yankees/Texas Rangers Fox (Game 1)
NBC (Games 2-3)
Joe Buck (Game 1)
Bob Costas (Games 2-3)
Tim McCarver and Bob Brenly (Game 1)
Joe Morgan
Cleveland Indians/Boston Red Sox ESPN (Games 1-3)
Fox
Chris Berman (Games 1-3)
Joe Buck (Game 4)
Ray Knight (Games 1-3)
Tim McCarver
1997 Cleveland Indians/New York Yankees Fox (Games 1-2, 4-5)
NBC (Game 3)
Joe Buck (Games 1-2, 4-5)
Bob Costas (Game 3)
Tim McCarver and Bob Brenly (Games 1-2, 4-5)
Bob Uecker and Joe Morgan
Baltimore Orioles/Seattle Mariners NBC (Game 1)
ESPN (Games 2, 4)
Fox (Game 3)
Bob Costas (Game 1)
Jon Miller (Games 2, 4)
Thom Brennaman (Game 3)
Bob Uecker (Game 1) and Joe Morgan (Games 1-2, 4)
Bob Brenly (Game 3)
1996 New York Yankees/Texas Rangers NBC (Games 1,[10] 3)
Fox (Game 2[11])
ESPN (Game 4)
Bob Costas (Games 1, 3)
Thom Brennaman (Game 2)
Chris Berman (Game 4)
Bob Uecker and Joe Morgan (Games 1, 3)
Bob Brenly (Game 2)
Dave Campbell (Game 4)
Baltimore Orioles/Cleveland Indians ESPN (Games 1-3) and ESPN2 (Game 4) Jon Miller Dave Campbell (Game 1) and Kirby Puckett (Game 1)
Joe Morgan (Game 2)
Buck Martinez (Games 3-4)
1995 Seattle Mariners/New York Yankees NBC (Games 1-2[12])
ABC (Games 3-5[13])
Gary Thorne (Games 1-2)
Brent Musburger (Games 3-5)
Tommy Hutton (Games 1-2)
Jim Kaat (Games 3-5)
Cleveland Indians/Boston Red Sox NBC (Games 1-[14]2)
ABC (Game 3)
Bob Costas (Games 1-2)
Steve Zabriskie (Game 3)
Bob Uecker (Games 1-2)
Tommy Hutton (Game 3)
1994 Canceled due to 1994 strike.

Notes[edit]

  • 1995 marked the only year of postseason coverage provided by "The Baseball Network", which was a revenue sharing joint venture between Major League Baseball, ABC and NBC. "The Baseball Network" was also scheduled to cover the Division Series in 1994, but plans were scrapped when a strike caused the postseason to be canceled. All games in the first two rounds (including the League Championship Series) were scheduled in the same time slot for regional telecasts. Initially, under the alternating six year plan, ABC would cover the Division Series in even numbered years (as well as the World Series in even numbered years) while NBC would cover the Division Series in odd numbered years (in even numbered years, they would get the rights to the All-Star Game and League Championship Series).
  • From 1996-2000, NBC aired LDS games on Tuesday/Friday/Saturday nights. Fox aired LDS games on Wednesday/Thursday nights, Saturdays in the late afternoon, plus Sunday/Monday nights (if necessary). Meanwhile, ESPN carried many afternoon LDS contests. At this point, all playoff games were nationally televised (mostly in unopposed timeslots).

1981[edit]

Year Series Network Play-by-play Color commentators
1981 Oakland Athletics/Kansas City Royals ABC Al Michaels[15] Bob Uecker and Jim Palmer[16][17]
New York Yankees/Milwaukee Brewers ABC Keith Jackson[18] (Games 1-3, 5)
Don Drysdale (Game 4)
Don Drysdale and Howard Cosell

Notes[edit]

Radio[edit]

2010s[edit]

Year Series Network Play-by-play Color commentators
2013 Oakland Athletics/Detroit Tigers ESPN[19] Michael Kay Aaron Boone
Boston Red Sox/Tampa Bay Rays ESPN Jon Sciambi Chris Singleton
2012 New York Yankees/Baltimore Orioles ESPN Dan Shulman[20] Orel Hershiser
Oakland Athletics/Detroit Tigers ESPN Dave O’Brien Aaron Boone
2011[21] New York Yankees/Detroit Tigers ESPN Dan Shulman Orel Hershiser
Texas Rangers/Tampa Bay Rays ESPN Gary Cohen Aaron Boone
2010 Tampa Bay Rays/Texas Rangers ESPN Dan Shulman Bobby Valentine
Minnesota Twins/New York Yankees ESPN Jon Miller Orel Hershiser

2000s[edit]

Year Series Network(s) Play-by-play Color commentator(s)
2009 New York Yankees/Minnesota Twins ESPN Jon Miller Steve Phillips
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim/Boston Red Sox ESPN Dan Shulman Dave Campbell
2008 Boston Red Sox/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim ESPN Dan Shulman Dave Campbell
Chicago White Sox/Tampa Bay Rays ESPN Gary Thorne Chris Singleton
2007 Cleveland Indians/New York Yankees ESPN Jon Miller Dusty Baker
Boston Red Sox/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim ESPN Dan Shulman Dave Campbell
2006 Detroit Tigers/New York Yankees ESPN Jon Sciambi Buck Martinez
Oakland Athletics/Minnesota Twins ESPN Gary Thorne Steve Stone
2005 Chicago White Sox/Boston Red Sox ESPN Jon Sciambi Buck Martinez
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim/New York Yankees ESPN Dan Shulman Dave Campbell
2004 Boston Red Sox/Anaheim Angels ESPN John Rooney Buck Martinez
New York Yankees/Minnesota Twins ESPN Dan Shulman Dave Campbell
2003 New York Yankees/Minnesota Twins ESPN Dan Shulman Dave Campbell
Boston Red Sox/Oakland Athletics ESPN John Rooney Buck Martinez
2002 Anaheim Angles/New York Yankees ESPN Dan Shulman Dave Campbell
Minnesota Twins/Oakland Athletics ESPN John Rooney Buck Martinez
2001 New York Yankees/Oakland Athletics ESPN Dan Shulman Rob Dibble
Seattle Mariners/Cleveland Indians ESPN Ernie Harwell Buck Martinez
2000 New York Yankees/Oakland Athletics ESPN Dan Shulman Buck Martinez
Seattle Mariners/Chicago White Sox ESPN Ernie Harwell Dave Campbell

1990s[edit]

Year Series Network Play-by-play Color commentators
1999 New York Yankees/Texas Rangers ESPN Dan Shulman Buck Martinez
Boston Red Sox/Cleveland Indians ESPN Ernie Harwell Dave Campbell
1998 New York Yankees/Texas Rangers ESPN Dan Shulman Buck Martinez
Cleveland Indians/Boston Red Sox ESPN Ernie Harwell Dave Campbell
1997 Cleveland Indians/New York Yankees CBS Ernie Harwell Jeff Torborg
Baltimore Orioles/Seattle Mariners CBS John Rooney Al Downing
1996 New York Yankees/Texas Rangers CBS Gary Cohen Jim Hunter
Baltimore Orioles/Cleveland Indians CBS Ernie Harwell Rick Cerone
1995 Seattle Mariners/New York Yankees CBS Ernie Harwell Al Downing
Cleveland Indians/Boston Red Sox CBS John Rooney Jeff Torborg
1994 Canceled due to 1994 strike.

1981[edit]

Year Series Network Play-by-play Color commentators
1981 Oakland Athletics/Kansas City Royals CBS Ned Martin Bill White
New York Yankees/Milwaukee Brewers CBS Ernie Harwell Curt Gowdy

Local Radio[edit]

2000s[edit]

Year Series Flagship Station Play-by-play #1 Play-by-play #2 Color commentator(s)
2002 Anaheim Angels/New York Yankees KLAC (Anaheim Angels)
WCBS (New York Yankees)
Rory Markas Terry Smith
Minnesota Twins/Oakland Athletics

References[edit]

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