Thursday, October 4, 2012

Whither @dbacksbooth? A new job for @byrnes22?

These aren't the broadcasters you're looking for...
Sad news everyone: the Diamondbacks have announced that neither Mark Grace nor Daron Sutton will return to their broadcast booth next year.  I'm super bummed about this because Sutton and Gracie are were the best broadcast team in baseball.  They had the best chemistry and they made every telecast entertaining, even if the Dbacks were mired in a 97 loss season.

I understand that Grace needs time to address his substance abuse issues.  That needs to be the first priority in his life.  But why not Sutton?  The Dbacks have not said why he was sacked, other than it is a "personnel" issue--not a "personal" issue.  There have been some rumblings that he fell out of favor because he kept insisting on wearing a suit during the broadcasts, but the Dbacks organization has never confirmed or denied that speculation.

The Tribune names White Sox announcer Steve Stone and former Dbacks manager Bob Brenly as possible replacements.  Those sound like good choices, but I think a better/more entertaining analyst would be Eric Byrnes.

Regardless, I have my doubts that any replacements will be half a great as Sutton and Gracie were.

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