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Chris Young Joins MLB Tonight On MLB Network

Young played all across the majors in his 13-year career as a player.

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MLB Network is bringing another one of their own off the bench and into the broadcast booth. Former MLB player Chris Young is joining the network as an analyst on all levels of programming. Young is making his “MLB Tonight” debut on Monday, May 31, at 8 p.m. ET with host Greg Amsinger and analyst Sean Casey.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to join the squad to talk baseball, mix in a little trash talk, have some fun, and get my feet wet in the industry,” Young said. “Being fresh out of the game, I’ve followed it closely and am ready for this new challenge. I played for seven different teams in my career, and I can’t wait to get started with my eighth.”

A winner of various Emmy awards, “MLB Tonight” is the network’s flagship show. Young is getting a nice vote of confidence as the guy pegged to round out the trio of voices on set. Names like John Smoltz and Pedro Martinez have been frequent contributors to the program in the past. The network recently announced Yonder Alonso as a new analyst on the network alongside Young.

“Much like every club across Major League Baseball during the season, we’re always looking to improve our team, and adding Chris is a perfect fit,” said MLB Network President Rob McGlarry. “As we head towards the excitement of Memorial Day baseball, we’re thrilled that Chris will be on the ‘MLB Tonight’ desk to bring our viewers new and different insight.”

Young has plenty of expertise on the diamond. He spent 13 years in the big leagues with the Arizona Diamondbacks (2006-2012), before joining the Oakland Athletics (2013), New York Mets (2014), New York Yankees (2014-2015), Boston Red Sox (2016-2017) and Los Angeles Angels (2018). Young is the first rookie in MLB history to hit 30 home runs and steal 25 bases in an opening campaign.

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Joe Buck: ESPN Is Letting Us Set Tone For Monday Night Football

“It wasn’t well, you are at ESPN, you have to figure out how we do it.”

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While Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will be calling football games on Monday nights for ESPN instead of Sunday afternoons for FOX this year, fans shouldn’t expect the broadcasts to be that much different, if at all, than what they’ve been used to over the last 20 years. 

Buck was recently a guest on the Green Light with Chris Long podcast and said that ESPN knows that he and Aikman have to be comfortable in order for Monday Night Football to be a success.

“I know we are in the honeymoon phase. I’m not dumb. That stuff wears off after a while. They are like ‘however you guys have always done a game, that’s the way we want you to do a game whether it’s with regard to meetings vs. conference calls or when you guys show up, how you like the booth set up. However you want it, we are going to do it your way’ and that’s to their credit. It wasn’t well, you are at ESPN, you have to figure out how we do it.”

Buck and Aikman are obviously already very familiar with each other. Buck said that it will be important not to take that for granted or second guess what they already know.

“I think the one thing Troy and I have to avoid is trying to be different than we’ve been. They hired us based on what we’ve done and who we are and how we relate to each other and the way we see a game,” said Buck. 

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Mike Tirico, Tom Brady, Manningcast Win Sports Emmys

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The annual Sports Emmys were handed out on Tuesday night, and some usual names and new names ended up taking home hardware.

Among the usual names were NBC’s Mike Tirico, who won for Outstanding Personality/Studio Host, and soon-to-be Sunday Night Football broadcast colleague Cris Collinsworth, who was named Outstanding Personality/Sports Event Analyst.

But among the new names as Sports Emmy winners include Tom Brady and both Eli and Peyton Manning.

Brady’s Man in the Arena saga won Outstanding Documentary Series, while the Mannings were rewarded for their work on the Monday Night Football Manningcast, which won Outstanding Live Series.

Here’s a rundown of some of the key Sports Emmy winners:

Here is a full list of winners and nominees for the 2022 ceremony.

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Joe Buck Says He Won’t Miss World Series

“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game.”

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Among the bigger chain reactions set off by Joe Buck leaving FOX for ESPN was the sudden vacancy in FOX’s main MLB broadcast booth.

The 2022 World Series will mark the first time since 1995 that Buck will not be on the microphone.

Speaking to Chris Long on his podcast Green Light, Buck hopes to be in a more exotic location watching World Series games this fall.

“I would like to be in Cabo San Lucas with a margarita in my hand and a half-smoked cigar watching Game 7 of the World Series,” Buck said. “Cheering on Joe Davis and John Smoltz, and Ken Rosenthal, and Tom Verducci, and Pete Macheska and Matt Gangl and right on down the line.”

Buck added he’ll take pleasure in turning the broadcast off if it’s Game 7 and there’s an insurmountable lead. But the broadcasting legend said even on a bigger scale, not calling any baseball games at all this season, let alone the World Series, is a bit surreal after covering the sport for so long.

“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game,” he said. “And that’s really weird to me, but I walk away really proud of what I and we did.”

He added that he will not miss the opportunity, because he does not feel like he will “leave any unfinished business” in FOX’s MLB booth.

Buck further praised his FOX colleagues and said it was time for a change. He knows Joe Davis will thrive in the opportunity.

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