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Jon Sciambi ‘Blown Away’ At Many Calls He Made For ‘MLB The Show’
“Low-leverage, medium-leverage, high-leverage. They wanted me coming out of my shoes. I gotta call a home run in a World Series game and a 10-1 game.”
The 2022 edition of MLB The Show has a new voice doing play-by-play with Jon “Boog” Sciambi taking over for Matt Vasgersian.
This year’s game should have a familiar sound for baseball fans as Sciambi is paired Chris Singleton, his Sunday Night Baseball broadcast partner on ESPN Radio. And for those who don’t usually listen to the duo, commentary should still be comfortable and smooth.
Sciambi appeared on 670 The Score’s Parkins & Spiegel to talk about the new gig, which has been two-and-a-half years in the making, thanks to the pandemic. The broadcaster said that he recorded over 200 hours of audio to get in all the player names, types of plays, and other sorts of commentary that might typically be in a game broadcast.
Parkins noted all of that sounds tedious. While Sciambi said he enjoyed the people he worked with, he eventually agreed that recording all sorts of calls, which can vary based on the score or the situation, did require many reps.
“I was blown away by how many permutations of a call that I had to do, and how many versions,” said Sciambi. “You know, low-leverage, medium-leverage, high-leverage. They wanted me coming out of my shoes. I gotta call a home run in a World Series game and a 10-1 game. And a 10-7 game, and a 10-9 game.
“Most of it was done with a script or with my ability to change the script… We did 200 hours and they clipped some of our broadcasts. Some of it is from Chris Singleton and Jon Sciambi calling games together. Most of it is 200 hours that is generally scripted, but if I said I wouldn’t say that, they said ‘Don’t say it.'”
Sciambi also demonstrated the many different ways that he would have to say a player’s name. For instance, saying a name during a basic play versus telling a story. Or in an exclamation on a major play.
Being the voice of a sports video game is a prestigious gig. A whole contingent of fans and gamers who might not follow Major League Baseball closely, but enjoy playing MLB The Show will identify Sciambi’s voice with the sport. Possibly for years to come. But there’s certainly a whole lot of work that goes into it that fans and gamers might not fully appreciate.
Ian Casselberry is a sports media columnist for BSM. He has previously written and edited for Awful Announcing, The Comeback, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, MLive, Bleacher Report, and SB Nation. You can find him on Twitter @iancass or reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Neil Everett Exits ESPN After 23 Years
“ESPN changed my life, but now it’s time for me to change my life.”
Neil Everett’s SportsCenter days are over. Front Office Sports reports that the anchor has chosen to say goodbye to ESPN after 23 years at the network.
“ESPN changed my life, but now it’s time for me to change my life,” Everett said. “Time to write a new chapter.”
The network reportedly offered Everett a new deal. Had he agreed to it, the anchor would have taken a salary reduction.
This is a significant moment for SportsCenter. Everett moving on means one of the show’s longest-tenured partnership comes to an end. He had worked with Stan Verrett since 2009.
Everett’s exit comes in the same week that it was revealed Chris Chelios would not return to the network’s NHL coverage next season. The Walt Disney Company is currently in the middle of trying to cut 7000 jobs to save $5.5 billion.
As for the future, Everett says he will seek to increase his TV role with the Portland Trail Blazers. He has been part of the team’s broadcast crew on NBC Sports Northwest for the last two years.
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Chris ‘The Bear’ Fallica To Make FOX TV Debut on Belmont Coverage
“Everyone I’ve worked and interacted with at the company has been so helpful and open to someone who has spent his entire professional life elsewhere.”
As the college football season was winding down, fans found out one of the foundational members of the College Gameday staff would be leaving ESPN. Chris “The Bear” Fallica left the network and has been working for FOX since the new year. This weekend during the network’s coverage of The Belmont Stakes, he will finally make his TV debut for his employers.
“It’s been great. This will be my first TV appearance, so I’m excited,” Fallica said in an interview with FOXSports.com. “But we’ve been cranking out content on the digital side since January, and I’m very happy with how the USFL picks have been going (4-0 last week for those of you counting at home). Everyone I’ve worked and interacted with at the company has been so helpful and open to someone who has spent his entire professional life elsewhere.”
Fallica, who worked for ESPN for nearly three decades, is going to be a major presence in FOX’s gambling content both on air and online. Making picks is nothing new. He had been doing it on College GameDay for years prior to his exit.
In addition to making football picks, horse racing is going to be a major part of what The Bear does for FOX. While this will be his TV debut on FOX, Fallica put the spotlight on one of his colleagues.
“It was a great decision to bring Tom [Durkin] back for this call. His voice is synonymous with the sport for a generation of racing fans, so it will be a treat to hear him call a race again.”
Durbin is coming out of retirement to call the race. This is the first year that the Belmont is airing on FOX as part of a rights deal with the New York Racing Association.
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FOX Reportedly Considering Replacing Reggie Bush on Big Noon Kickoff
“Marchand writes that the favorite to replace the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner is the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner. Mark Ingram II is expected to retire from the NFL and join FOX.”
It looks like changes are coming to FOX’s college football coverage. Andrew Marchand reports that the network is considering replacing Reggie Bush on Big Noon Kickoff.
Bush and the network reportedly argued over money before the 2022 season. FOX kicked the tires on multiple options, including Desmond Howard and Robert Griffin III of ESPN. Eventually, it decided to bring Bush back on a one year deal. With that deal set to expire and the two sides again at an impasse, FOX is eyeing other options.
Marchand writes that the favorite to replace the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner is the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner. Mark Ingram II is expected to retire from the NFL and join FOX.
If Ingram does join the show, he would be the first analyst from outside of the conferences FOX carries. Ingram played his college football at Alabama. He has since amassed more than 8000 yards over 13 seasons in the NFL.
FOX declined to comment on the report. Marchand reports that with no deal finalized, there is an outside shot that Ingram returns to the NFL, Bush returns to FOX and there is no change at all. That, however, is considered a long shot.