—You are seeing it more and more.
Major Networks, of which I consider NESN, are replacing their larger than life, personality-filled broadcasters, with company men. No offense to Dave O’Brien.
O’Brien: Knowledgeable baseball man, smooth, but he’s not going to say anything that will really excite you or surprise you.
Don Orsillo will surprise you. He entertained legions of Red Sox fans, and baseball fans for that matter, for the last 15 years as the voice of the Red Sox on television.
The Red Sox and NESN will not renew his contract after this season.
Essentially firing Orsillo.
Beginning next season, Orsillo is replaced by ESPN’s Dave O’Brien who has been doing radio for the club for the last nine years.
Really, really bad decision by the Sox to dump @DonOrsillo. Good, fun play-by-play guys like Don are hard to come by.
— Matt Engelhardt (@MattEngelhardt) August 26, 2015
Perhaps not in this case, as O’Brien is not a bad replacement, but in general it seems that networks now prefer the humorless robots to call the games. Gone are the Harry Carays, the Jack Bucks, the Harry Kalas’ of the world.
Say hello to the faceless ones and baseball is losing its boyhood charm.