List of National League Division Series broadcasters

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The following is a list of the national television and radio networks and announcers who have broadcast the National League Division Series. 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 Atlanta Braves/Los Angeles Dodgers TBS[1] Ernie Johnson, Jr. Ron Darling and Cal Ripken, Jr. Craig Sager
St. Louis Cardinals/Pittsburgh Pirates TBS (Games 1, 3–5)
MLB Network (Game 2)
Dick Stockton (Games 1, 3–5)
Bob Costas (Game 2)
Bob Brenly (Games 1, 3–5)
Jim Kaat (Game 2)
Matt Winer (Games 1, 3–5)
Sam Ryan (Game 2)
2012 Cincinnati Reds/San Francisco Giants TBS Brian Anderson Ron Darling and Joe Simpson Tom Verducci
Washington Nationals/St. Louis Cardinals TBS (Games 1–2, 4–5)
MLB Network[2] (Game 3)
Dick Stockton (Games 1–2, 4–5)
Bob Costas[3] (Game 3)
Bob Brenly (Games 1–2, 4–5)
Jim Kaat (Game 3)
David Aldridge (Games 1–2, 4–5)
Sam Ryan (Game 3)
2011[4] Milwaukee Brewers/Arizona Diamondbacks TBS
Victor Rojas Joe Simpson Sam Ryan
Philadelphia Phillies/St. Louis Cardinals TBS
Dick Stockton Bob Brenly (Games 1–4)
Ron Darling and John Smoltz (Game 5)[5]
Craig Sager
2010[6] Philadelphia Phillies/Cincinnati Reds TBS
Brian Anderson Joe Simpson David Aldridge
San Francisco Giants/Atlanta Braves TBS
Dick Stockton Bob Brenly Tom Verducci

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 1 12 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 Los Angeles Dodgers/St. Louis Cardinals TBS
Brian Anderson Joe Simpson David Aldridge
Philadelphia Phillies/Colorado Rockies TBS
Dick Stockton Bob Brenly Tom Verducci
2008 Chicago Cubs/Los Angeles Dodgers TBS
Dick Stockton Ron Darling and Tony Gwynn
Milwaukee Brewers/Philadelphia Phillies TBS
Brian Anderson Joe Simpson and John Smoltz
2007 Chicago Cubs/Arizona Diamondbacks TBS
Dick Stockton Ron Darling
Philadelphia Phillies/Colorado Rockies TBS
Don Orsillo Joe Simpson
2006 Los Angeles Dodgers/New York Mets ESPN (Game 1)
Fox (Games 2–3)
Gary Thorne (Game 1)
Thom Brennaman (Games 2–3)
Joe Morgan and Steve Phillips (Game 1)
Steve Lyons (Game 2)
Tim McCarver (Game 3)
St. Louis Cardinals/San Diego Padres ESPN (Games 1–2)
ESPN2 (Game 3)
Fox (Game 4)
Chris Berman (Games 1–2)
Jon Miller (Game 3)
Thom Brennaman (Game 4)
Orel Hershiser (Games 1–2)
Joe Morgan (Game 3)
Tim McCarver (Game 4)
2005 St. Louis Cardinals/San Diego Padres ESPN (Games 1, 3)
ESPN2 (Game 2)
Jon Miller (Games 1, 3)
Dave O'Brien (Game 2)
Joe Morgan (Games 1, 3)
Steve Phillips and Eric Karros (Game 2)
Houston Astros/Atlanta Braves ESPN (Games 1, 4)
Fox (Games 2–3)
Dave O'Brien (Games 1, 4)
Thom Brennaman (Game 2) and Josh Lewin (Game 3)
Steve Phillips and Eric Karros (Game 1) and Rick Sutcliffe (Game 4)
Steve Lyons (Games 2–3)
2004 St. Louis Cardinals/Los Angeles Dodgers ESPN (Game 1)
Fox (Games 2–4)
Jon Miller (Game 1)
Joe Buck (Game 2) and Thom Brennaman (Games 3-4)
Joe Morgan (Game 1)
Tim McCarver (Games 2–4)
Houston Astros/Atlanta Braves ESPN (Games 1–2, 4)
ESPN2 (Game 3)
Fox (Game 5)
Dave O'Brien (Games 1–3)
Jon Miller (Game 4)
Josh Lewin (Game 5)
Jeff Brantley and David Justice (Games 1–3)
Joe Morgan (Game 4)
Steve Lyons (Game 5)
2003 Florida Marlins/San Francisco Giants ESPN (Games 1–2)
ESPN2 (Games 3–4)
Chris Berman (Games 1–3)
Dave O'Brien (Game 4)
Rick Sutcliffe and Tony Gwynn
Chicago Cubs/Atlanta Braves Fox (Games 1, 4–5[8])
ESPN (Games 2–3)
Thom Brennaman (Games 1, 4–5)
Jon Miller (Games 2–3)
Steve Lyons (Games 1, 4) and Tim McCarver (Game 5)
Joe Morgan (Games 2–3)
2002 San Francisco Giants/Atlanta Braves ABC Family (Game 1)
Fox (Games 2, 4)
FX (Game 3)
Dave O'Brien (Game 1)
Thom Brennaman (Games 2, 4) and Josh Lewin (Game 3) Joe Buck (Game 5)
Tony Gwynn (Game 1)
Steve Lyons (Games 2–4)
Tim McCarver (Game 5)
St. Louis Cardinals/Arizona Diamondbacks ABC Family Chris Berman (Games 1–2)
Jon Miller (Game 3)
Rick Sutcliffe (Games 1–2)
Joe Morgan (Game 3)
2001 Arizona Diamondbacks/St. Louis Cardinals Fox Family (Games 1–4)
Fox (Game 5)
Thom Brennaman (Games 1–2)
Joe Buck (Games 3–5)
Steve Lyons (Games 1-2)
Tim McCarver (Games 3–5)
Atlanta Braves/Houston Astros Fox Family (Games 1-2)
Fox (Game 3)
Kenny Albert (Games 1–2)
Mel Proctor (Game 3)
Rod Allen
2000 New York Mets/San Francisco Giants ESPN (Games 1, 4)
Fox (Games 2–3)
Jon Miller (Games 1, 4)
Thom Brennaman (Game 2)
Joe Buck (Game 3)
Joe Morgan (Games 1, 4)
Bob Brenly (Game 2)
Tim McCarver (Game 3)
St. Louis Cardinals/Atlanta Braves ESPN Jon Miller
Buck Martinez (Games 1, 3)
Joe Morgan (Game 2)

Notes[edit]

  • ABC Family's coverage of the 2002 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).
  • During the 2006 League Division Series on ESPN, Joe Morgan left Game 1 of the Dodgers-Mets series after six innings in order to call Game 2 of the Tigers-Yankees game that same night (October 4). However, the latter game was ultimately rained out.
  • 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 Atlanta Braves/Houston Astros ESPN Jon Miller Rick Sutcliffe (Games 1, 3–4) and Joe Morgan (Game 2)
New York Mets/Arizona Diamondbacks ESPN (Games 1[9]–2)
NBC (Game 3)
ESPN2 (Game 4)
Chris Berman (Games 1–2, 4)
Bob Costas (Game 3)
Ray Knight (Games 1–2, 4) and Buck Martinez (Games 1–2)
Joe Morgan (Game 3)
1998 San Diego Padres/Houston Astros ESPN (Games 1–3)
Fox (Game 4)
Jon Miller (Games 1–3)
Thom Brennaman (Game 4)
Joe Morgan (Games 1–2) and Joe Carter (Game 3)
Bob Brenly (Game 4)
Atlanta Braves/Chicago Cubs ESPN (Game 1)
Fox (Game 2)
NBC (Game 3)
Jon Miller (Game 1)
Thom Brennaman (Game 2)
Bob Costas (Game 3)
Joe Carter (Game 1)
Bob Brenly (Game 2)
Joe Morgan (Game 3)
1997 Florida Marlins/San Francisco Giants ESPN (Games 1-2)
NBC (Game 3)
Chris Berman (Games 1–2)
Bob Costas (Game 3)
Ray Knight (Games 1–2)
Bob Uecker and Joe Morgan (Game 3)
Atlanta Braves/Houston Astros ESPN Jon Miller Joe Morgan (Game 1) and Reggie Jackson (Games 2–3)
1996 St. Louis Cardinals/San Diego Padres ESPN (Games 1-2)
NBC (Game 3[10])
Chris Berman (Games 1–2)
Bob Costas (Game 3)
Buck Martinez (Games 1–2)
Bob Uecker and Joe Morgan (Game 3)
Atlanta Braves/Los Angeles Dodgers ESPN (Game 1)
Fox (Games 2–3)
Chris Berman (Game 1)
Joe Buck (Games 2–3)
Buck Martinez (Game 1)
Tim McCarver (Games 2–3) and Bob Brenly (Game 3)
1995 Atlanta Braves/Colorado Rockies NBC (Games 1[11]–2)
ABC (Games 3–4)
Pete Van Wieren (Games 1–3)
Al Michaels (Game 4)
Larry Dierker (Games 1–3)
Jim Palmer and Tim McCarver (Game 4)
Cincinnati Reds/Los Angeles Dodgers NBC (Games 1[12]-2)
ABC (Game 3)
Greg Gumbel (Games 1–2)
Al Michaels
Joe Morgan (Games 1–2)
Jim Palmer and Tim McCarver (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 Los Angeles Dodgers/Houston Astros[13] NBC Joe Garagiola Tony Kubek
Montreal Expos/Philadelphia Phillies NBC Dick Enberg Tom Seaver

Notes[edit]

Radio[edit]

2010s[edit]

Year Series Network Play-by-play Color commentators
2013 Atlanta Braves/Los Angeles Dodgers ESPN Dan Shulman Orel Hershiser
St. Louis Cardinals/Pittsburgh Pirates ESPN Dave Flemming Rick Sutcliffe
2012 Cincinnati Reds/San Francisco Giants ESPN Gary Cohen (Games 1–2)
Chris Berman (Games 3–5)
Rick Sutcliffe
Washington Nationals/St. Louis Cardinals ESPN Jon Sciambi Chris Singleton
2011[15] Milwaukee Brewers/Arizona Diamondbacks ESPN
Dave O'Brien (Games 1–2)
Chris Berman (Games 3–5)
Rick Sutcliffe (Games 1–4)
Buck Martinez (Game 5)
Philadelphia Phillies/St. Louis Cardinals ESPN
Jon Sciambi Chris Singleton
2010 Philadelphia Phillies/Cincinnati Reds ESPN
Jon Sciambi Dave Campbell
San Francisco Giants/Atlanta Braves ESPN
Chris Berman (Games 1–2)
Dave O'Brien (Game 3–4)
Rick Sutcliffe

2000s[edit]

Year Series Network Play-by-play Color commentators
2009 Los Angeles Dodgers/St. Louis Cardinals ESPN
Jon Sciambi Aaron Boone
Philadelphia Phillies/Colorado Rockies ESPN
Chris Berman (Games 1–2)
Gary Thorne (Games 3–4)
Rick Sutcliffe (Games 1–2)
Chris Singleton (Games 3–4)
2008 Chicago Cubs/Los Angeles Dodgers ESPN
Jon Miller Rick Sutcliffe (Games 1–2)
Robin Ventura (Game 3)
Milwaukee Brewers/Philadelphia Phillies ESPN
Michael Kay Steve Phillips
2007 Chicago Cubs/Arizona Diamondbacks ESPN
Jon Sciambi Buck Martinez
Philadelphia Phillies/Colorado Rockies ESPN
Gary Thorne Steve Phillips
2006 Los Angeles Dodgers/New York Mets ESPN
Dan Shulman Dave Campbell
St. Louis Cardinals/San Diego Padres ESPN
Wayne Hagin Luis Gonzalez
2005 St. Louis Cardinals/San Diego Padres ESPN
Gary Cohen Luis Gonzalez
Houston Astros/Atlanta Braves ESPN
Jim Durham John Franco
2004 St. Louis Cardinals/Los Angeles Dodgers ESPN
Gary Cohen Luis Gonzalez
Houston Astros/Atlanta Braves ESPN
Jim Durham Rich Aurilia
2003 Florida Marlins/San Francisco Giants ESPN
Jim Durham Joe Girardi
Chicago Cubs/Atlanta Braves ESPN
Gary Cohen Luis Gonzalez
2002 San Francisco Giants/Atlanta Braves ESPN
Gary Cohen Rob Dibble
St. Louis Cardinals/Arizona Diamondbacks ESPN
Jim Durham Buck Showalter
2001 Arizona Diamondbacks/St. Louis Cardinals ESPN
Charley Steiner Dave Campbell
Atlanta Braves/Houston Astros ESPN
Wayne Hagin Buck Showalter
2000 New York Mets/San Francisco Giants ESPN
Charley Steiner Dave Campbell
St. Louis Cardinals/Atlanta Braves ESPN
Wayne Hagin Mark Grace

1990s[edit]

Year Series Network Play-by-play Color commentators
1999 Atlanta Braves/Houston Astros ESPN Jim Durham Mark Grace
New York Mets/Arizona Diamondbacks ESPN Charley Steiner Dusty Baker[16]
1998 San Diego Padres/Houston Astros ESPN Charley Steiner Rick Sutcliffe
Atlanta Braves/Chicago Cubs ESPN Gary Cohen Kevin Kennedy
1997 Florida Marlins/San Francisco Giants CBS Jerry Coleman Hank Greenwald
Atlanta Braves/Houston Astros CBS Gene Elston Gary Cohen
1996 St. Louis Cardinals/San Diego Padres CBS Gene Elston Gary Cohen
Atlanta Braves/Los Angeles Dodgers CBS Jerry Coleman Jim Hunter
1995 Atlanta Braves/Colorado Rockies CBS Gene Elston Gary Cohen
Cincinnati Reds/Los Angeles Dodgers CBS Jerry Coleman Jim Hunter
1994 Canceled due to 1994 strike.

1981[edit]

Year Series Network Play-by-play Color commentators
1981 Los Angeles Dodgers/Houston Astros CBS Jerry Coleman Sparky Anderson
Montreal Expos/Philadelphia Phillies CBS Jack Buck Joe Torre

References[edit]

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