Brian Anderson, who calls Milwaukee Brewers games on TV as well as having had network assignments in numerous sports, will do the television play-by-play of the Cardinals-Nationals matchup in the National League Championship Series on TBS.
Anderson should be no stranger to Redbirds fans. He just called the Cards-Braves division series matchup and has broadcast numerous other Redbirds postseason games over the years.
He has a smooth, conversational style and has been evenhanded in his broadcasts, but there will be no escaping the wrath of some Cardinals fans because his primary job is covering one of the team’s rivals. KMOX (1120 AM) “Overnight America” host Ryan Wrecker jokingly fueled some of those flames Wednesday night.
It’s the same situation Fox’s Joe Buck has faced for years, when the St. Louisan broadcasts Cardinals games and fans of the other team accuse him of bias.
Anderson has addressed the issue before.
“If there is a fan base that would be a little more understanding, it would be the Cardinals’ fan base,” he has said. “I think they understand what I’m doing.”
Anderson will be working with analysts Ron Darling and Jeff Francoeur. Lauren Shehadi serves as the reporter.
Ernie Johnson, best known as host of the raucous “Inside the NBA” show on TBS sister station TNT, had called the league championship series for TBS in recent years. But he pulled out two years ago because of illness, then last year the NBA moved up the start of its season, overlapping with the baseball playoffs. It also has an early start this season, with TNT having an opening-night doubleheader on Oct. 22. That’s just three days after a Game 7 of the NLCS would be played. So he again gives way to Anderson.
TBS’ NLCS studio shows will be hosted by Casey Stern, with commentary from former players Curtis Granderson, Pedro Martinez, Gary Sheffield and Jimmy Rollins.
FS1 has the American League Championship Series, with Buck on play-by-play and John Smoltz the analyst. Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci are the reporters. Kevin Burkhardt anchors the studio coverage and will be joined by former players Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz, Frank Thomas. Dontrelle Willis will be a pitching analyst for some games.