|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (February 2013)|
|Residence||Coral Springs, Florida|
|Education||University of California, Davis, 1986
Los Medanos College
baseball, basketball, & football
|Employer||Miami Marlins, Fox Sports|
Rich Waltz (originally from Martinez, California) is the current television play-by-play commentator for Miami Marlins baseball, Fox Saturday MLB, and College Basketball for CBS Sports Network, Fox Sports Net, and Pac-12 Networks. He currently works with Tommy Hutton on Marlins Telecasts on Fox Sports Florida.
The 2014 season will be Waltz' tenth year as the television Play-by-Play Voice of the Marlins on FOX Sports Florida/Sun Sports and his 20th consecutive year covering Major League Baseball. The past two seasons Waltz has called games on Fox's Saturday Baseball package, and in 2011 he filled in on MLB Network's Thursday Night Baseball coverage. Waltz has called two World Baseball Classics for MLB Network; in 2013 he partnered with Buck Martinez and called two rounds of the WBC in Japan. In 2009 with Jim Kaat, Waltz called two of international baseball's biggest upsets in the WBC as the Netherlands downed the Dominican Republic twice
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 three no-hitters including Aníbal Sánchez's no-hitter in September 2006 and 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 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.
From 1997-2002, Waltz called College Football play-by-play for ESPN, ESPN Radio and ABC in the Big Ten, SEC and ACC conferences; including many Bowl and Championship Games. 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.
In 2006, Waltz helped create and organize the FSN Fantasy Auction, which in eight years has raised more than $600,000 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 with his family in Issaquah, WA and Parkland, FL with his wife and two daughters.
- Honbo, Mark (Spring 2012). "Aggie broadcasters cultivate their talents on campus radio". UC Davis Magazine. Retrieved November 25, 2013.
- Waltz, Rich (March 13, 2012). "Broad Casting and Beyond". Stories of Success. Retrieved November 25, 2013.
- "1985 team". UC Davis Baseball Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 25, 2013.