Saturday, October 6, 2012

Dierker, Ashby rumored to join broadcasting team

Larry Dierker, Alan Ashby, and Steve Sparks have been linked to the vacancies in the broadcasting booth for 2013, according to David Barron - who says the booth will have at least one player with major league experience.

Ashby works for the Blue Jays, and Steve Sparks has a full-time job in mortgages (take a second and let that sink in) in addition to work with the company formerly known as Fox Sports Houston.

Dierker, however, that's an interesting one. Take it away, David Barron:
Dierker, whose tenure with the ballclub dates to the Colt .45s as player, manager and broadcaster, could be a candidate if it works within the team's budget.

If it works within the team's budget. The team's. Budget. To take the wording of Barron's article quite literally, the team whose largest financial commitment for 2013 is $5m to the Pirates for Wandy Rodriguez might not have the financial flexibility to hire a color analyst.

We also find out in that article that Milo will be calling "a few games" each year.


John said...

Steve Sparks is horrible on the TV stuff. The thought of him taking over color duties on the radio makes me sad.

Anonymous said...

I'd rather Sparks be hired as a minor league pitching coach than as a radio announcer. Preferably as a special instructor that just teaches 1 or 2 guys the knuckleball.

Cockroach said...

I'm pissed that they let Brett & Dave go, but I was even more pissed when they let Ashby go a few years ago, so I'd be thrilled if they are in fact bringing him back.

I wonder, what about Morgan Ensberg? Admittedly I've never heard one of his broadcasts, so I don't know how good he is, but he's made no secret on Twitter of his desire to join the Astros broadcast team.