Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I don't know much about Rob Dibble in the broadcast booth. Followed his career with The Cincinnati Reds when he was part of "The Nasty Boys" bullpen, but don't recall having seen him much On-Air broadcasting baseball. I've never watched the Fox sports program he co-hosts. So, I really have no judgement to base his work on.
People tell me he is a 'tell it like it is" sort of analyst. And that Rob Dibble doesn't beat around the bush in giving his opinion.
Whether that's good or bad, I will find out soon enough. For as of today, Rob Dibble was named to replace Hall Of Famer Don Sutton in the broadcast both for MASN Nationals Television Games. Being a former Cincinnati Player, Dibble really made me chuckle upon hearing his name--figuring JimBo might well have had a hand in his signing here.
Meanwhile, Sohna and I will miss Don Sutton. We thought he provided an excellent level of baseball knowledge to each broadcast and was a really nice man too.
Good Luck Don--to you and your family--back in Atlanta.
Here is The MASN Press Release
MASN Names Rob Dibble As New Color Announcer for Nationals Baseball 2-Time All Star, World Series Champion, MVP of the NLCS, XM/Sirius Broadcaster
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) --- MASN has named Rob Dibble as the new color commentator for the Washington Nationals. He will join play-by-play man Bob Carpenter in the booth beginning with the 2009 season under a multi-year contract with MASN.
A 2-time All Star and MVP of the 1990 NLCS with the Cincinnati Reds, Dibble was part of the "Nasty Boys" bullpen which helped Cincinnati win the 1990 World Series. His broadcasting career includes stints at ESPN, Fox, and FoxSports.com.
"I'm excited to join MASN in covering one of the great new franchises in baseball, and I'm honored to be part of the MASN and Nationals' families. I will try to bring my experience as a pitcher, a ballplayer, and a broadcaster to the booth and bring fans a deeper understanding of what's happening on the field," said Dibble. "I've never been shy about sharing my opinion, so fans will know where I'm coming from."
"MASN has earned a national reputation for its commitment to the Nationals and to bringing fans inside the game, with features like Wired Wednesdays and pitch tracking. I'm looking forward to being part of the biggest baseball network in the country."
Dibble's arrival at Nationals Park will be a reunion in the broadcast booth, as he worked with Bob Carpenter at ESPN in the 1990s.
The Nationals' former color analyst, Don Sutton, who was halfway through a 4 year deal with MASN, had asked to be released from his contract for personal reasons.
"I have truly enjoyed the two years I had in Washington covering the Nationals and working for MASN. I will always be thankful that my wife Mary, my daughter Jackie and I had this experience. MASN is a first-class operation and deserves great credit for their pioneering success at presenting the Nationals games and effectively promoting the team. I appreciate that MASN has granted my request to be released for personal reasons, and I'm grateful for their understanding and cooperation," Sutton said. "I'm going to miss the class, the professionalism and the friendship of the folks who made sure we got good pictures on the air."
Dibble will make his high-energy debut in the MASN booth during Nationals spring training in March.