Joe Davis named Fox’s principal baseball voice after Joe Buck

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“I’m going to have a lot of pinchers this year and in the years to come.”

In this December 15, 2019, file photo, then Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck is shown before an NFL football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. Michael Ainsworth/AP Photo

Joe Davis is no stranger to succeeding great baseball voices.

In 2017, he took over from Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully on the Los Angeles Dodgers telecast. He has since emerged as one of the top broadcasters in the sport.

Davis will be tasked with replacing another big name. On Friday, Davis was named Fox Sports’ premier baseball play-by-play announcer.

Davis took over for Joe Buck, who left Fox for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football”. Buck was Fox’s chief baseball announcer since the network began playing in 1996, calling 24 World Series and 22 All-Star Games.

When it comes to his new position with Fox, Davis said he’ll take the same approach he did with the Dodgers — he’s following Buck instead of replacing him.

“I’m going to try to be myself,” Davis said. “I think who’s the greatest of this generation. He’s the guy I grew up listening to. I think when Fox got to see the World Series in 1996, I was eight or nine years old, And I already knew what I wanted to do. And who was doing the thing that I dreamed of doing one day. So you know, that’s the main thing for me.

“Because of the person who was in the chair in front of me, that’s part of what makes the job so special. That’s part of what makes it such a huge responsibility.”

Davis’ debut as Fox’s top voice will take place on May 28. He is already accustomed to working with analysts John Smoltz and journalists Tom Verducci and Ken Rosenthal after Buck cut short regular-season games after doing a few games with him last season. Davis also called off the final game of the 2020 National League Championship Series with Smoltz.

Davis, 34, joined Fox Sports in 2014 in what he calls baseball, college football and college basketball. He previously worked at ESPN for two years. He called the 2013 Poinsettia Bowl, becoming the youngest person to announce a bowl game for ESPN at age 25.

Brad Zagar, president of production/operations and executive producer of Fox Sports, certainly wasn’t expecting a new baseball announcer to be named two months ago, but the unprecedented movement among top announcers gave Davis the chance to move into the lead role. Is.

“We felt extremely confident in a very short time, when the reality set in Joe Buck that we had the right man in the house who was going to be groomed for a while,” said Zagar. “Joe Davis has had opportunities to fill big events over the years, and he’s capitalized on it. He’s proved to Dodger fans on a daily basis just how good of a baseball broadcaster he is. We know he’s ready.” “

Davis said he tried not to get bogged down in all the rumors about Buck’s departure until early March, when it became a reality. Jagger told Davis during the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament that he would become only the second leading voice in Fox baseball history.

In addition to his duties at Fox, Davis will continue to do Dodgers games on Sportsnet LA. This year’s All-Star Game will take place on July 19 at Dodger Stadium.

“The World Series is obviously this dream come true. But then you start thinking about other things like the All-Star Game and the Field of Dreams game. I’m pinching myself about those things too. I do,” Davis said. “I dream a little bit about the All-Star Game and introductions and people lining up with the baselines and introducing them. I’m going to have a lot of quips this year and in the years to come. ,

As for Buck and Troy Ackman, the other initials he created at Fox, Zagger said discussions about a new lead NFL team are ongoing. Kevin Burkhart is expected to play a play-by-play role.

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