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October 22, 1962 |
|Residence||Coral Springs, Florida|
|Education||University of California, Davis, 1986
Los Medanos College
baseball, basketball, & football
|Employer||Miami Marlins, Fox Sports|
Rich Waltz (born October 22, 1962 in Martinez, California) is the current television play-by-play commentator for Miami Marlins baseball and College football & basketball for CBS Sports Network, CBS Sports, and FS1. He currently works with Preston Wilson, Eduardo Perez, and Al Leiter on Marlins telecasts on Fox Sports Florida (Waltz worked previously with Tommy Hutton).
The 2017 season will be Waltz's 13th year as the television play-by-play Voice of the Marlins on FOX Sports Florida/Sun Sports and his 24th consecutive year covering Major League Baseball. The past three 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 four 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. He has also called Carlos Delgado's four homerun game.
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. Waltz has also called both ATP and WTA events on Tennis Channel-including 2015 events from Dubai, Doha, and Buenos Aires.
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.
In 2006, Waltz helped create and organize the FSN Fantasy Auction, which in eleven years has raised more than $980,000 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 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.