Baseball is back on Fox this weekend.
And what will be the beginning of the final chapter of Tim McCarver’s broadcasting career, doubles as the continuation of Erin Andrews’ first chapter with the network.
Andrews will be joining McCarver, Joe Buck and Fox’s regular A-team in-game reporter Ken Rosenthal in Detroit for a Tigers tilt with the New York Yankees on Saturday afternoon; it’s one of eight games Fox will be carrying this season that involves the Bronx Bombers (they’ll play the Boston Red Sox in half of these games).
After making her official Fox Sports debut at last year’s All-Star Game, a mere ten days after she joined the network, and working some games in the last postseason, this will be Andrews’ first regular season baseball assignment.
So now, not only will you have Andrews shadowing Pam Oliver on NFL games, she’ll be counterparting Ken Rosenthal on MLB broadcasts, too.
Is this a one-time deal for opening week? Should we expect Andrews to accompany Buck, McCarver and Rosenthal for the next few months, leading into the Saturday night games in the summer, at which point she’ll depart and concentrate on a new college football season? Or will she also be busy at marquee NASCAR races getting fondled by rappers?
The upcoming eighteenth season of baseball on Fox is also pivotal for the fact that many of its MLB broadcasts will soon be relocated to its new Fox Sports 1 network, launching in four months (many of Fox’s NASCAR races are headed there, as well).
On the one hand, MLB on Fox Sports 1 in September should guarantee Andrews’ college football pregame show on Fox isn’t pre-empted for extra innings.
On the other hand, you’re probably going to have more baseball viewers starting to miss the soon-to-be-retiring McCarver than have missed Andrews at that point.
We’ll find out next week if Andrews lands at Fenway Park next Saturday afternoon for what will likely be the next Buck/McCarver game (Rays/Red Sox). At the very least, she could resurface on Fox’s MLB broadcasts on Memorial Day Weekend, when the first of eight primetime games are scheduled, the 2013 All-Star Game just days after that slate of night games is completed.
I’m sure America’s favorite Erin Andrews critic will be watching with bated eyes.
UPDATE, 4.4.13: The magic number is five. That’s how many games Erin Andrews will work between now and the end of Fox’s primetime game run. That’s according to USA Today’s Michael Hiestand.