A new broadcaster could be handling the Atlanta Braves games in 2010, after Turner Sports decided to fire Chip Caray, according to the AJC.
In kind terms, Turner Sports said the decision was mutual, but AJC makes reference to the numerous mistakes and media criticism Caray received during the playoffs.
Caray was just the Braves announcer until the network decided to spread him across games and throw him into the playoffs. Well, they found out rather quick that he did not have the talents of his father, Skip, or his grandfather, the great Cubs announcer Harry.
Caray told the AJC that he prefers to cover just one team.
“The business model that TBS chose didn’t present opportunity to do Braves baseball every day anymore,” Caray said. “Obviously they don’t have the inventory [of baseball games] and I’m better when I work more. That’s really what I wanted to do. At the end of the day, I’m happiest when I’m working and covering a team ever day. …
Caray could still be considered for the Atlanta Braves broadcasting position at Fox Sports South/SportsSouth because Jon Sciambi. What was not mentioned in the article is that TBS still had strong ratings for the playoff series.
Some of the mistake AJC pointed out in an October article were:
- In the 10th inning of the Twins-Tigers tiebreaker before the playoffs, Caray called Nick Punto’s liner to left this way: “Line drive. Base hit. Caught out there. The runner tags. Throw to the plate. On target. And in time! A double play.”
- During the Twins-Yankees series, he said Minnesota’s Orlando Cabrera “has played in the Division Series with Anaheim, the Yankees, Boston, Tampa Bay.” Cabrera never played for the Yankees or Rays, and Caray later corrected himself.
- Caray mistakenly said Tigers catcher Gerald Laird had the American League’s best success rate throwing out basestealers and that Yankees catcher Jorge Posada had allowed eight passed balls when it was nine, prompting Sandomir to wonder if Caray was getting bad information or conducting “rogue research.”