Babitt to Provide Commentary and Analysis for 20 Telecasts Beginning with Monday, May 5th Seattle Mariners Game
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (February 24, 2014) – Comcast SportsNet California (@CSNAuthentic), the home of “Authentic Bay Area Sports,” today announced that former Oakland Athletics second baseman Shooty Babitt has joined the broadcast team as a color analyst and will be featured in 20 telecasts this season. Babitt will make his debut on Monday, May 5 as the A’s host A.L. West Division rival Seattle Mariners. He will continue to serve as an analyst for Comcast SportsNet California’s A’s Pregame Live and A’s Postgame Live.
Babitt was selected by the A’s in the 25th round of the 1977 draft. He made his Major League debut with Oakland in 1981 and batted .256 in 54 games, including 44 starts at second base. He was also a .272 career hitter in seven minor league seasons in the Oakland and Montreal organizations. In 2008, Babitt joined Comcast SportsNet as a pre- and post-game show analyst for its A’s telecasts. In addition to his role as a broadcaster, Babitt also serves as a scout for the New York Mets. He previously scouted for the Arizona Diamondbacks. A native of Oakland, Calif., Babitt resides in Richmond, Calif. His son, Zach, was a 10th round pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2012 draft.
“Shooty has done a tremendous job on our pre and post game shows over the past six years,” said Ken Pries, Vice President of Broadcasting and Communications for the A’s. “We’re happy to add this fan favorite to our game telecasts.”
“Shooty’s lifelong experience as a player and scout and his perspective as an Oakland native have made him an outstanding contributor to our coverage of A’s baseball,” stated David Koppett, Senior Executive Producer of Live Events for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and Comcast SportsNet California. “We’re excited to add his insight to our game telecasts as a complement to that of our primary analyst, Ray Fosse.
Ray Fosse, a 29-year broadcasting veteran and multiple Emmy Award winner who won a World Championship as a catcher with the A’s in 1973, remains Comcast SportsNet California’s primary A’s analyst, working 126 games in the booth this season.
Babitt’s telecast schedule is as follows:
Monday May 5 vs. Seattle Mariners – 7 p.m.
Tuesday May 6 vs. Seattle Mariners – 7 p.m.
Monday May 26 vs. Detroit Tigers – 1 p.m.
Tuesday May 27 vs. Detroit Tigers – 7 p.m.
Wednesday May 28 vs. Detroit Tigers – 7 p.m.
Thursday July 3 vs. Toronto Blue Jays – 6 p.m.
Friday July 4 vs. Toronto Blue Jays – 1 p.m.
Saturday July 5 vs. Toronto Blue Jays – 7 p.m.
Sunday July 6 vs. Toronto Blue Jays – 1 p.m.
Friday August 1 vs. Kansas City Royals – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday August 2 vs. Kansas City Royals – 1 p.m.
Sunday August 3 vs. Kansas City Royals – 1 p.m.
Monday August 4 vs. Tampa Bay Rays – 7 p.m.
Tuesday August 5 vs. Tampa Bay Rays – 7 p.m.
Friday August 22 vs. Los Angeles Angels – 7 p.m.
Saturday August 23 vs. Los Angeles Angels – 6 p.m.
Sunday August 24 vs. Los Angeles Angels – 1 p.m.
Friday September 5 vs. Houston Astros – 7 p.m.
Saturday September 6 vs. Houston Astros – 1 p.m.
Sunday September 7 vs. Houston Astros – 1 p.m.
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Jay dela Cruz