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Chip Carey/Calling Baseball In Atlanta  
User currently offlineTiger119 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1919 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1480 times:

I know we are months into the MLB season and I must have been living under a rock of late, but, why did Chip Carey go to the Atlanta Braves to call baseball part time? I knew he left Chicago calling Cubs' games, but I have yet to hear why he left there. He was calling all the games in Chicago regardless of what network they were on and regardless of if the game was home or away. Now, he is calling only part of Braves' games. Did he get canned in Chicago or did he want to go to Atlanta where his dad, Skip Carey, has called games for Atlanta (and doing a good job) for years. I was always under the impression he loved working in Chicago working the same position his grandfather did for decades. Any one with information, welcome.

BTW, I really don't like the two guys that are calling games for The Cubs this year, and I am a life long Cubbies fan. I really liked Steve Stone and Chip Carey. They seemed to be happy together in the booth and they were a pretty darn good team, although admittedly they were "homers."


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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8892 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1479 times:

As for calling half the Braves games, I think the Braves have a strange set-up where the announcers do TV half the game, and then radio the other half. I think they switch pairs in about the 5th inning or so.

At least that's what it sounded like to me when I watched Braves games (I now have MLB.tv, so I'm watching Yankees games mostly now).

Jeff


User currently offlineTiger119 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1470 times:

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 1):
As for calling half the Braves games, I think the Braves have a strange set-up where the announcers do TV half the game, and then radio the other half. I think they switch pairs in about the 5th inning or so.

- The Braves have been doing this for years on TBS and Turner South Cable. For years when Harry Carey was still with us (broadcasting games for the Cubs), he would do innings 1, 2 and 3 on television and then go to radio while Tommy Brenneman (sp) (another excellent second generation baseball announcer) would move from radio to television for innings 4, 5 and 6. For the remaining innings, Harry and Tommy would go back to where they were originally. Actually, I like the idea of switching chairs, it makes the games more interesting.

[Edited 2005-07-05 04:24:48]


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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1466 times:

Chip was given the opportunity to call Braves games again (He was doing them before he went up to Chicago to do Cubs games), and his family played a role in the decision. Chip lives down in Orlando and ended up having to do a lot of living out of hotel rooms during the Cubs seasons since he didn't have a place in Chicago. Orlando is close enough to Atlanta that he can commute pretty easy and actually go home on off days.

User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11446 posts, RR: 76
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1464 times:
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Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 1):
As for calling half the Braves games, I think the Braves have a strange set-up where the announcers do TV half the game, and then radio the other half. I think they switch pairs in about the 5th inning or so.

That was the case because ATL has a plethora of popular announcers. When TBS/TimeWarner tried to cut costs by canning two of them there was a general revolt in town and the corporation backed off and rescinded the decision.

Skip Caray is an institution in town, as his famous father Harry was in Shytown. Some great moments occured when all three generations would be at the ballpark calling the games and work each others shows.



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User currently offlineChrisj From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 week 1 day ago) and read 1453 times:

i believe Chip and Steve resigned due to a few cubs players(and i think manager Dusty Baker) complaining that he and Steve were being too critical of their bad play during some broadcasts. the news eventually spread around baseball, so i guess instead of coming back this year and maybe dealing with it more..they just decided to move on.
i dont remember if thats all that happened but i do remember hearing about that story last year.


User currently offlineTiger119 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 1435 times:

Quoting Chrisj (Reply 5):
i believe Chip and Steve resigned due to a few cubs players(and i think manager Dusty Baker) complaining that he and Steve were being too critical of their bad play during some broadcasts. the news eventually spread around baseball, so i guess instead of coming back this year and maybe dealing with it more..they just decided to move on.

- Were Chip and Steve still under contract with The Cubs? Did they get fired or did they leave on their own? I'm glad Chip is with The Braves and Steve is with ESPN, but I still would rather have them with The Cubs. I always considered Chip "A Homer" but they did speak their minds when they were together. Did they like working together?
I believe Chip called a game last with Don Sutton, and they seemed fine, but it didn't seem as natural as when Chip was with Steve. I'm sure they (Chip and Don) will smooth out what rough edges there are and will be a great broadcast team.



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User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1418 times:

Quoting DL021 (Reply 4):
That was the case because ATL has a plethora of popular announcers.

Who wouldn't want ot listen to Don Sutton with hsi fresh curly mullet? Everytime that guy opens his piehole I want to slap the shit out of him.


User currently offlineF9Widebody From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1604 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1414 times:

Quoting Tiger119 (Thread starter):
I really liked Steve Stone and Chip Carey.

They were awesome. Class acts, and they actually made a relatively dulle game (imo) very interesting to watch.

I'll still take Harry Caray though.

Regards



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User currently offlineCactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1401 times:

Quoting Tiger119 (Reply 6):
- Were Chip and Steve still under contract with The Cubs? Did they get fired or did they leave on their own? I'm glad Chip is with The Braves and Steve is with ESPN, but I still would rather have them with The Cubs. I always considered Chip "A Homer" but they did speak their minds when they were together. Did they like working together?
I believe Chip called a game last with Don Sutton, and they seemed fine, but it didn't seem as natural as when Chip was with Steve. I'm sure they (Chip and Don) will smooth out what rough edges there are and will be a great broadcast team.

I believe Steve Stone was still under contract but Chip's contract had just expired after the 2004 season. He was given a lowball offer by the Tribune Company (who owns the Cubs as well as WGN and part of Comcast SportsNet Chicago) to come back to Chicago but decided to go to Atlanta to be with his dad. I guess family, the sour aftertaste left by the bunch of whiners on the Cubs and the lack of sincere interest by the Tribune Company led to his departure.

Dusty and his players' beef was mostly with Stone, since he had the audacity to call it like it is. Stone questioned game decisions made by players and Dusty and altough the criticisms were not in any way harsh and were indeed warranted, it ruffled some feathers in the clubhouse. After the season there were some meetings between Dusty, GM Jim Hendry, President Andy McPhail and Stone. Stone announced he wouldn't be coming back shortly afterward.

It's a damn shame really because I really liked those two. Carey was a pretty good broadcaster, although a bit of a homer, and Stone is one of the smartest color commentators in the game. The guys they have now (Len Kasper and Bob Brenly) are pretty brutal.


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