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Chip Caray fisted out of TBS booth

Nov 30, 2009, 4:50 PM EDT

In a rather surprising development, TBS has opted to part ways with lead baseball voice Chip Caray, even though he had time remaining on his contract.
Caray received a great deal of criticism for his work in October. Most notable was his botched call in AL Central tiebreaker game between the Twins and Tigers, where a potentially decisive liner to left field was initially called a hit by the bumbling Caray.
The call, as repeated by the New York Times:
“Line drive. Base hit. Caught out there. The runner tags. Throw to the plate. On target. And in time! A double play!”
Caray’s lack of knowledge about the teams he was covering was also obvious. Though he’s been doing the Sunday game of the week for TBS the last two years, he wasn’t very familiar with the AL teams he was talking about. TBS should certainly be able to do better in regards to their postseason coverage. Caray, though, is also losing his Braves gig on Peachtree TV.
The Braves had already lost the late Skip Caray and the retired Pete Van Wieren in 2008 and Jon Sciambi to ESPN after last season. They’ll be on the lookout for some new talent now.

  1. Kevin - Nov 30, 2009 at 5:14 PM

    Now, let’s get rid of Tim McCarver on FOX……

  2. KimG - Nov 30, 2009 at 5:19 PM

    GOOD DEAL!!!

  3. Eat a Peach - Nov 30, 2009 at 5:23 PM

    Greatest headline ever.

  4. peteinfla - Nov 30, 2009 at 5:23 PM

    Adios! It is clear that in this case, the apple did fall quite far from the tree. Listening to him during the playoffs was painful to say the least. And I gotta agree with Kevin, can we please put McCarver into retirement? But really, I am not sure that the expression “Chip Caray fisted” is appropriate here. At least the visual popping into my head is incredibly ugly, but maybe it’s just my own warped mind at work.

  5. dlf - Nov 30, 2009 at 7:03 PM

    Jim Powell teamed up with Don Sutton to do most of the Braves games on radio. I enjoyed the pairing a lot and hope that they are on Peachtree / TBS / Sportssouth this coming season. Powell had a lot of the same pleasure at the game combined with rather biting humor Braves fans missed with the passing of Skip Caray.
    Boog Sciambi was knowledgeable and clearly enjoyed being at the park. I’m glad to see him get a bigger stage, but suspect that his approach works better if you can hear him 5 days a week rather than 10 times a year.
    I won’t miss Chip Caray a bit and hope that he takes Joe Simpson with him.

  6. Anon - Nov 30, 2009 at 8:20 PM

    Allow a moment of sentiment. I always liked Chip Carey as a Cubs announcer. Sure, he was only there because of his father and grandfather, and announcers are generally interchangable (and interchangably bad). But his years announcing with Steve Stone, once Stone returned from his Arizona retirement, were the best post-Harry Carry years the Cubs had.
    The Cubs then royally screwed Chip and Stone by firing them for having the guts to criticize the team during one of their many underachieving seasons. Dusty Baker pitched a fit and was dead wrong.
    I was disappointed with Carey during the postseason and I’m sure there are other, better options for TBS. But I hope he catches on somewhere. If nothing else, he loves the game, and that can’t be faked.

  7. Tony D - Dec 1, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    He was the Ted Baxter of sports casting, if his last name was not Cary he would have been lucky to be calling girls collage soft ball games on a 500 watt radio station in northern Maine.

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