The Boston Red Sox and their partners at WEEI in Boston for radio announced that Tim Neverett would not return for the 2019 season. Neverett has spent the last three seasons as the partner to Joe Castiglione at WEEI. A native of Nashua, New Hampshire, Neverett, age 52, left his job for the Pirates to come home and call baseball for his favorite team. On December 11, that ended with Neverett choosing to end working and let his contract run out. On December 17, the Dodgers announced Neverett would be joining the Los Angeles Dodgers television and radio broadcasts part-time. This can only be good for the Dodgers.
Joe Davis has been a rising star in the baseball broadcasting world. Replacing the legendary Vin Scully on SportsNet Los Angeles, Davis now does national baseball games for FOX, including postseason games. He also works other sports, such as the National Football League and college football. He has experience for basketball, hockey and volleyball as well. At only age 31, Davis has a long career ahead of him and has made a lot out of a short time period. Davis recently turned down an opportunity to replace Mario Impemba in 2019 for the Tigers after his incident with Rod Allen that resulted in both men losing their jobs. However, Davis is happy in Los Angeles.
At the same time, at age 69, Charley Steiner wants to cut back on his schedule. The Dodgers agreed when giving him a three-year extension on his contract. The native of Malverne, New York has been working with the Dodgers since 2005 when he left the New York Yankees. He has mostly been working radio since Joe Davis was hired and Scully retired, with the exception of the national broadcast. Steiner wants to cut back at his age with the wear and tear of travel. When he was off, his partner, Dodger hero Rick Monday, did play by play. Now that is unnecessary.
Tim Neverett’s hiring has also marked the end of Kevin Kennedy as a broadcaster. The former catcher turned manager joined the Dodgers in 2014 to work with Rick Monday when Steiner was not present. He also helped on Dodger Talk, the post-game show on the radio. He also has a part-time role on SiriusXM MLB Network Radio, a position he has retained for seven years. Personally, Kennedy’s a smart man, with an excellent knowledge of baseball. However, his personality leaves a lot to be desired. Kennedy is good in small pieces, but not full time.
The big loser here is WEEI, which is rumored to be moving to a different format of radio play by play. Instead of a play by play format for people to be able to follow the game in their car that has worked for 90 years, it is now considering a new talk show format. This format does not appeal to the radio listener because now people will have no idea what is going on. For a medium that has to appease to a visual learner, this hurts. This writer does feel like if WEEI commits to this that Joe Castiglione will join Neverett in departing from the station. That would be a bigger loss and an unfortunate one.
Until then, the Dodgers have a veteran pro in Tim Neverett for the broadcasts. Neverett will commute from Boston for those games. This writer wishes he could return to Pittsburgh, because Neverett was at his best there and is miles better than Greg Brown. Alas, that is the business.
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