Boog will call his last Braves game on Sunday
Jon Sciambi’s three-year run as a Braves broadcaster will conclude on Sunday afternoon, when he calls his last game for Fox Sports South.
Sciambi, who is widely known as Boog, has accepted the opportunity for an enhanced role with ESPN. Over the course of the past five years, the veteran broadcaster has called Major League Baseball and college basketball games for the cable network.
Along with continuing to do some television work, Sciambi will now be the lead play-by-play announcer for Major League Baseball games carried on ESPN Radio.
“I’m excited,” Sciambi said. “It’s a cool opportunity to be with ESPN and to do big games. It was a really hard decision, because I really loved my time here and everybody welcomed me from the start. The fans are awesome. It’s funny, the Braves organization has a reputation for being one of the classiest in the game and it lived up to every word that you hear.”
When Sciambi arrived before the start of the 2007 season, Skip Caray and Pete Van Wieren, the club’s legendary broadcasters, both took an immediate liking to the big redhead, whose studious approach and knowledge of the game drew respect throughout the game of baseball.
In addition, Joe Simpson, another long-time Braves announcer gained what seemed to be an immediate bond with Sciamb. These two shared the television broadcast booth together for the past three years.
“It was as good of an experience as I’ve had professionally,” Sciambi said. “I think I can honestly say that I hope I get to do this for a long, long time, but I don’t think that I’ll ever have the chemistry that I had with him. I looked forward to seeing him every day, looked forward to working with him every day and we had fun everyday.”
There has been no indication about who may replace Sciambi in the broadcast booth next year.
“We have truly enjoyed Jon being our Braves’ play-by-play broadcaster during the past three seasons,” Fox Sports South senior vice president and general manager Jeff Genthner said. “As a broadcast team, Boog and Joe were embraced by the fans. We wish him continued success in his new career, and we look forward to beginning the process of finding our next Braves’ play-by-play broadcaster after the season ends.”