Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Berman out, Ravech in on ESPN's Home Run Derby Telecast

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Berman out, Ravech in on ESPN's Home Run Derby Telecast

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The Home Run Derby has been a sideshow to MLB's All-Star Game for 32 of the last 33 years (one was rained out), with Chris Berman having served as the carnival barker describing the action on ESPN's telecasts since 1994.

Berman has been best-known for hosting high-profile NFL studio shows at the network, but every summer he ventures into baseball for the Derby and his trademark "back, back, back!" calls on long blasts.

But his role has been reduced at ESPN this year. He has relinquished those NFL duties and the Derby job, though he still contributes occasionally to ESPN shows. He is being replaced for the Derby by Karl Ravech, who has been with the network for 24 years.

"Chris Berman set the bar so high for the Home Run Derby, my goal will be to keep it there and let the amazing athletes take it to new heights," he said in a statement. He'll be joined by analysts Jessica Mendoza and Mark Teixeira, with Buster Olney reporting on the event Monday, which is set for 7 p.m. St. Louis time in Miami.

Ravech, who recently re-signed with ESPN, fills many roles for the network. Among his duties is calling Monday night MLB games and serving as host of the "Baseball Tonight" show which has been dramatically reduced this season. In addition, he'll cover the All-Star Game plus the World Series, and leads the network's College World Series and Little League World Series telecasts. He also has multiple roles in ESPN's college basketball coverage.

And he is a logical candidate for ESPN's most high-profile baseball role next season: the play-by-play announcer on its "Sunday Night Baseball" package. Dan Shulman announced this week that he will relinquish that job after the season to spend more time with his family.

Shulman, who has had the Sunday night job since replacing Jon Miller in 2011, plans to remarry next year and wants to spend more time at home in Toronto, but he isn't leaving the network. …

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