The 2010 Major League Baseball season marks Jim Powell’s second year in the Atlanta Braves radio booth working alongside Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton. Powell spent the past 13 seasons as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers broadcast team, teaming with another Hall of Famer, Bob Uecker.
Powell joined the Brewers in 1996 and was named the 1998 Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year. In addition to his radio duties, he spent time as a member of the Brewers television team during the 1999 and 2000 seasons.
Powell began his Major League broadcasting career with the Minnesota Twins in a reserve role in 1993 and 1994. Prior to this, he accumulated extensive experience at the minor-league level, serving as play-by-play announcer for the Charlotte Knights (1990-91, 1995) and the Columbia Mets (1987-89, 1993-94).
Powell has also worked at the collegiate level, taking on play-by-play duties for the University of South Carolina baseball program in 1989 and 1994, as well as the University of Georgia baseball team in 1985 and 1986.
Before going into baseball full-time, Powell had received national exposure through play-by-play for CBS Radio for several college football games, including the 1997 Sun Bowl. He has also worked on Host Communications telecasts, calling University of South Carolina football action in 2000. He served as the color analyst for the South Carolina football and basketball programs from 1993-95 and hosted the coaches’ shows for those two sports on television. Powell also did play-by-play for Davidson College basketball in 1990.
An internship in the newsroom and sports office at WGST-AM while Powell was in high school started his broadcasting career. He then worked at WRFC in Athens while attended the University of Georgia, followed by a job after graduation with at WVOC radio in Columbia, South Carolina. In 1991, Powell was hired by WSB-AM to work weekends, where he covered the Braves, Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Falcons for two years.
Powell and his wife Emmy have been active members of their community, serving on the Board of Directors for the Child Abuse Prevention Fund for several years. He spends his winters coaching youth basketball and is also an avid tennis player.
A native of Roswell, Ga., Powell attended the University of Georgia as a National Merit Scholar. He and his wife, also a Georgia native, have three daughters, Allie, Sabrina and Julia.
Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton returned to the Braves broadcast team in 2009 after a two-year stint with the Washington Nationals television broadcast team. Sutton previously spent 18 years, beginning in 1989, broadcasting Braves games. He joined Turner Sports as an analyst for Braves telecasts on TBS after a stellar playing career that spanned 23 seasons.
He has also served as a course reporter on TBS’s professional golf coverage, working the Hawaiian Open, PGA Championship and PGA Grand Slam of Golf, as well as TNT’s coverage of the Sarazen World Open Championship.
Sutton’s network broadcasting experience included pre- and post-game analysis for NBC’s 1987 League Championship series coverage.
His Major League Baseball pitching career was highlighted by 324 wins with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers and California Angels. Sutton spent 15 seasons with the Dodgers, beginning in 1966. He joined the Astros as a free agent in 1981. Sutton was traded to Milwaukee in August 1982, where he pitched three seasons before being traded to Oakland in December 1984. He was traded to California in September 1985 and retired in January 1988.
One of the most durable pitchers of the modern era, appearing in more than 750 games and completing nearly 180 during his career, Sutton’s personal bests included 21 wins (1976), 293 innings pitched (1969), 41 games (1969), 2.21 ERA (1980 – led NL), 40 starts (1974), 217 strikeouts (1969) and 18 complete games (1972), all with the Dodgers.
Sutton ranks seventh on baseball’s all-time strikeout list with 3,574. He was 4-1 with a 2.02 ERA in seven League Championship Series games, and 2-3 with a 5.26 ERA in eight World Series games. In the 1974 postseason, he was 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA and 25 strikeouts in four games. He also posted a 1-0 record in four All-Star appearances without allowing a run.
Sutton was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998. He was named National League Rookie-of-the-Year by Sporting News in 1966, and was named the Texas League Player-of-the-Year in 1965 at Albuquerque.
Born in Clio, Ala., Don, his wife Mary and their daughter, Jacqueline, reside in Sandy Springs. Don has two other adult children, Daron and Staci.
Chip Caray is in his first season as the play-by-play announcer for Braves games on Fox Sports South and SportSouth. He previously spent five seasons (2005-09) as the play-by-play voice of TBS’s Major League Baseball coverage and Braves’ broadcasts on Peachtree TV.
Caray served as the play-by-play announcer for seven seasons (1998-2004) for Chicago Cubs games on WGN. The 2004 Illinois Sportscaster of the Year, Caray’s baseball resume also includes one season as the radio play-by-play announcer for Minnesota’s Orlando (AA) affiliate in 1990, two years (1991-92) broadcasting the Atlanta Braves and three campaigns (1993-95) with the Seattle Mariners.
Caray spent five years (1996-2000) as a member of the Fox Network’s Saturday baseball coverage, including three years as a studio host.
He is the third generation of Carays to serve as a play-by-play announcer, after his father Skip and grandfather Harry, who was the play-by-play voice of the Cubs from 1982 to 1997. A member of the Hall of Fame, Harry spent 53 seasons as a major league broadcaster. On May 13, 1991, the three generations of Carays worked together on a Chicago Cubs/Atlanta Braves game.
Chip’s broadcast career also includes nine seasons as the television play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic and stints calling both University of Florida and Florida State University football and basketball games for the Sunshine Network.
Caray graduated from the University of Georgia in 1987 and began his career with weekend TV sports anchor stints in Panama City, Fla., and Greensboro, NC. He and his wife Susan have four children: Summerlyn, Christopher, Stefan and Tristan.
Joe Simpson is in his 19th season as an Atlanta Braves broadcaster. This year marks his fourth season calling games on Fox Sports South and SportSouth. Simpson also calls games on Peachtree TV broadcasts.
Simpson played professionally for 11 seasons, beginning in 1973 when he was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third round. He joined the Seattle Mariners in 1979 before being traded to the Kansas City Royals in 1983. An outfielder and first baseman throughout his professional career, he retired from the California Angels organization following the 1984 season. He had his best season in 1979, when he hit .283 in 120 games for the Mariners. Simpson worked as an analyst on Seattle Mariners telecasts for five years before joining Turner Sports in 1992. Simpson was named “Georgia Sports Broadcaster of the Year” in 1995.
An All-American outfielder and first baseman at the University of Oklahoma, Simpson was born in Purcell, Oklahoma. Joe and his wife Kathy live in Marietta, Ga. They have two children, Meg and Gabe.
Former pitching great Tom Glavine opened a new chapter in his baseball career this season, as he was named special assistant to Braves president John Schuerholz on February 11, 2010. In his new role, Glavine assists with various baseball and business projects and occasionally works on special assignments for executive vice president and general manager Frank Wren and manager Bobby Cox.
In addition to his baseball operations duties, Glavine serves as an occasional guest for the Braves Radio Network Pre-Game Show, and as a guest analyst for selected games on the Braves Radio Network. He also joins broadcasters Chip Caray and Joe Simpson as a guest analyst for Sunday home games televised by Fox Sports South.
Glavine is a two-time National League Cy Young Award winner (1991 & 1998) and a 10-time N.L. All-Star. Glavine, who owns a 305-203 career record and 3.54 ERA in 682 games, compiled 244 of his victories in a Braves uniform and helped Atlanta to five World Series appearances in the 1990s. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1995 World Series, when the Braves defeated the Cleveland Indians.
Selected by the Braves in the second round of the 1984 draft, Glavine made his big-league debut in 1987. A five-time 20-game winner, Glavine joined the 300-win club with a 8-3 victory over the Cubs on August 5, 2007, at Wrigley Field. Glavine and his wife Christine reside in Alpharetta, Ga.,with their daughter, Amber Nicole, and four sons, Jonathan, Peyton Thomas, Mason Riley and Kienan Patrick.
ERNIE JOHNSON JR.
2010 will mark the return of Ernie Johnson to the Braves broadcasting booth where he will serve as a play-by-play announcer for the Atlanta Braves on Peachtree TV in Atlanta. Johnson will be joined by analysts John Smoltz and Joe Simpson. Johnson will also serve as a play-by-play announcer for select MLB games on TBS.
He has served as TBS’ studio host for the network’s exclusive coverage of the MLB Division Series and alternating League Championship Series since 2007. He is also the studio host of TBS’ exclusive coverage of the 2009 MLB All-Star Selection Show.
Johnson called Atlanta Braves games on Turner-owned SportSouth from 1993-96 with his dad (Ernie Johnson. Sr.), as well as occasionally providing play-by-play for Atlanta Braves telecasts on TBS in recent years.
He is in his 20th year as the studio host for Turner Sports’ NBA telecasts. He hosts TNT’s Emmy® award-winning Inside the NBA with analysts Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley.
From 1999-2005 and 2007-08 Johnson served as host and play-by-play announcer for TNT’s coverage of professional golf, including the PGA Championship, British Open, President’s Cup and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. From 2001-2005 Johnson hosted TBS Saturday Night College Football studio coverage. He was also the studio host for TNT’s NFL coverage from 1990-1994 and an on-site game host for the 1995 and 1996 season. Johnson hosted TNT’s coverage of the Wimbledon Championships for the three consecutive years.
Johnson worked in various roles for the 2001 Goodwill Games from Brisbane, Australia; the 1998 Goodwill Games from New York; the 1994 Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg, Russia; the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France; and the 1994 Games in Lillehammer, Norway.
He came to Turner Sports from WSB-TV in Atlanta, where he served as weekend sports anchor and reporter from 1983-89.
Johnson began his career while attending the University of Georgia as news and sports director for WAGQ-FM, Athens, GA (1977-78). Following graduation, Johnson joined WMAZ-TV, Macon, GA, as news anchor (1979-81). In 1981, he served as news reporter for WSPA-TV, Spartanburg, S.C.
In 2007 Johnson was presented with the first ever honorary “John Wooden Keys to Life Award,” presented by Athletes in Action. The honor is awarded to individuals who exemplify Wooden’s Seven Keys to Life including character, integrity, faith, etc.
A winner of numerous awards, Johnson was the recipient of an Emmy® for Best Studio Host/Personality in 2006 and 2001. He was also awarded the 1989 Georgia-area Emmy® for Outstanding Achievement-Television News Excellence/Sports Reporting. Johnson received a prestigious Georgia Associated Press Award for sports reporting in 1988. In 1984, he received a United Press International Award for Sportscasting.
A graduate of Henry Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia, he was named Outstanding Young Alumnus in 1986.
2010 will mark the start of a different career for John Smoltz as he will serve as an analyst for Atlanta Braves games on Peachtree TV, alongside play-by-play announcer Ernie Johnson, Jr. and fellow analyst Joe Simpson. He will also serve as a TBS MLB analyst for the regular season and during the network’s coverage of the MLB Postseason.
Smoltz was previously with the network as a game analyst for TBS’ exclusive coverage of the 2008 MLB Division Series and a guest studio analyst during the 2007 MLB Postseason. He also covered select games on Peachtree TV while rehabbing an injury during the 2008 MLB season.
A right-handed pitcher, Smoltz is a 21-year MLB veteran and spent 20 years with the Atlanta Braves. In 2009, Smoltz signed with the Boston Red Sox, and in August of 2009, signed with the St. Louis Cardinals where he finished the season.
Smoltz excelled as both a starting and a relief pitcher in his career and is the only player to compile 200 wins and 150 saves. In 2002, Smoltz became only the second pitcher in history, along with Dennis Eckersley, to have had both a 20-win season (1996) and a 50-save season.
Smoltz became the 16th member of the 3,000 strikeout club on April 22, 2008 when he fanned Felipe Lopez of the Washington Nationals in Atlanta. He has appeared in 40 postseason games and won the World Series with the Braves in 1995 when they defeated the Cleveland Indians in six games.
An eight-time All-Star, Smoltz was the starting pitcher for the NL in the 1996 contest the same year he earned the Cy Young Award. Smoltz was voted Most Valuable Player of the 1992 National League Championship Series while with the Braves.
Originally drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 1985, Smoltz was traded to the Braves in August 1987 in exchange for pitcher Doyle Alexander.
Smoltz is active in the community including hosting an annual golf tournament (John Smoltz Celebrity Pro-AM) to benefit the Children’s Healthcare hospitals in Atlanta. In 2005, Smoltz was a recipient of the prestigious MLB Roberto Clemente Award for community service and in 2007, he was named recipient of the Branch Rickey Award for community service. He was chosen by his peers as the MLBPA’s Marvin Miller Man of the Year in 2002 and 2003.
Prior to joining the Atlanta Braves broadcast team on Le Mejor 1600 AM, Raul worked two seasons as the Spanish play-by-play voice of the Milwaukee Brewers. Prior to that, he worked for the Houston Astros as the team’s Spanish television color analyst. Saenz has also provided Spanish play-by-play for the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and Milwaukee Bucks, the Washington Redskins of the NFL, and the Texas Longhorns, Wisconsin Badgers and Marquette Golden Eagles of the NCAA. A sportscasting veteran of 17 years, working radio and television for Univision and Telemundo stations in Texas and ESPN Deportes radio stations in Wisconsin, Saenz grew up following the Braves and his childhood idol, Dale Murphy.
The 2011 season marks Fernando Palacios’ eighth season as an Atlanta Braves color analyst and play- by play announcer. Prior to joining the Atlanta Braves broadcast team on Le Mejor 1600 AM in 2011, Palacio has also provided color and play by play for Viva 105.7 and TBS Sports Spanish, CNN en Español, and the MLB Postseason broadcast teams.
Palacios’ additional Spanish Sports Broadcast experience includes NBA TNT basketball games analyst and play- by – play duties. In his homeland , Puerto Rico, Palacios played for the Caguas Criollos and Arecibo Wolves , members of the Puerto Rican Baseball League. Palacios is also a former minor league catcher in the Boston Red Sox Farm System.
He and his wife Norma have 5 children: Fernando Karlo, Alexandra, Verónica, Rafael and Daniel. Also, 6 grandchildren: Hildamari, Antonio, Karolina, Edmar, Andres and Helena.