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Joe Davis: ‘Joe Buck Is The Best Of His Generation’

“Joe Davis prefers to say that he followed Vin Scully as the voice of the Dodgers and now he is going to follow Joe Buck as the voice of the World Series.”

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Now that Joe Buck is on his way to ESPN, the job of calling play-by-play for the World Series belongs to someone else. That someone, FOX revealed this week, is Joe Davis. Davis says it is a situation he is uniquely prepared for.

After Vin Scully’s retirement in 2016, Davis became the full-time television voice of the Dodgers. The press box at Dodger Stadium is named for Scully. Certainly Joe Davis is no stranger to following a legendary voice of baseball.

“I think replacing somebody like that or replacing somebody like Joe, you’re not going to do it,” Davis told Richard Deitsch of The Athletic. “Vin is the greatest ever to do this job. Joe, to me, is the greatest of this generation. You’re not going to replace those guys. If you’re trying to replace them, you’re probably going to try to be somebody that you’re not.”

Joe Davis prefers to say that he followed Vin Scully as the voice of the Dodgers and now he is going to follow Joe Buck as the voice of the World Series.

Buck has already reached out to Davis to offer his advice and congratulations. That is not something that surprised Davis at all.

“His favorite thing about this is that I get this opportunity, which just shows you what kind of guy he is.”

Being named the new voice of the World Series on FOX is a true honor for Joe Davis. For him, it isn’t just about the job itself. It is just as special for him to take up the mantle from one of his heroes in the business.

“It’s just been a really special thing to go from him being the guy that I held up on this pedestal thinking I could one day be a little bit like him to learning so much from him and now getting to be the person that follows him in one of the great chairs in this business. It’s all really mind-blowing to me, and I don’t know that I’ll ever completely wrap my mind around it.”

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Al Michaels: Condensed Prep Time For Thursday Night Football ‘A Downside’

“It’s not that they don’t want to be with us, but they’re condensed too, so there’s less time to give to us.”

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There were bound to be unexpected hiccups and unintended consequences as Al Michaels moved to Thursday Night Football with Amazon Prime Video.

He told The Boston Globe Thursday that one of the downsides of the week’s schedule is less prep time with the teams playing in the game.

“When we go to see the teams, it’s not that they don’t want to be with us, but they’re condensed too, so there’s less time to give to us,” Michaels said. “And all the time I’ve been doing this, I’ve built some great relationships with coaches and players and GMs and owners and you name it, and I don’t get that much time to spend with them anymore. That’s a downside part of it for me. Some of the best stories you get come from those relationships.”

Michaels has raised eyebrows this season while not being shy about his disdain for some poor matchups early in the schedule. However, he now understands that there are quality games as the season approaches its close.

“The schedule was a little leaky with the Carolina-Atlanta game and a couple of other games that we’ve had, but now we’re positioned for a nice run down the stretch,” said Michaels.

The 78-year-old was also asked how he remains energetic and passionate for the job he’s held for so long.

The games are exciting. I love sports. You don’t know what’s going to happen. There’s no script. And unscripted television is the greatest.”

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Jimmy Pitaro: Reaching Younger Audience A Priority for ESPN

“The thing that keeps me up at night is how do we reach the younger audience. As an industry in general, we need to figure out how to be more relevant to younger people.”

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Many in the media industry have voice concern that millennials and Gen Z aren’t consuming traditional media outlets like previous generations. ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro said it’s a priority for the network.

“The thing that keeps me up at night is how do we reach the younger audience,” Pitaro said, quoted by Morning Consult sports business reporter Mark J. Burns. “As an industry in general, we need to figure out how to be more relevant to younger people.”

Pitaro made the comments at Sports Business Journal’s Media Innovators conference Wednesday. It is a continuation of comments he has made in recent years.

In 2018, Pitaro said at ESPN’s upfront “I think we are doing a fantastic job serving the sports fanatic,” said Pitaro. “What about the casual sports customer? Are we doing all we can to serve him or her?”.

In 2019, Pitaro said it was “all hands on deck” to reach a younger audience and women. “We have to be open and go to where our customers are,” he said in regards to reaching younger viewers on social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok.

Earlier this year, Pitaro added that ESPN won’t be leaving linear television anytime soon.

“What I will tell you is that as I sit here right now, that business is still incredible,” Pitaro said. “We serve the sports fan anyway and at any time. I know there are a lot of people that still want ESPN in that traditional ecosystem.”

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Don Mattingly Joining Blue Jays Staff After YES Network Courtship

The former Dodgers and Marlins manager had been mentioned as a someone YES Network was interested in potentially hiring to be an analyst.

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The New York Yankees regional sports network can take Don Mattingly off its talent wish list. Mattingly was announced Wednesday as a bench coach for the Toronto Blue Jays starting in 2023.

The former Dodgers and Marlins manager had been mentioned as a someone YES Network was interested in potentially hiring to be an analyst.

But Mattingly told Andrew Marchand of The New York Post this week that he had another opportunity in the works but wouldn’t elaborate.

YES also has been considering luring Yankees legend and Hall of Famer Derek Jeter into broadcasting. But no formal talks have taken place.

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