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Don Sutton Out as Braves Announcer

Don Sutton has been dropped from the TBS announcing team.

Don Sutton, a Hall of Fame pitcher who has been in Turner Sports’ Braves broadcast booth for 17 years, won’t be back there next season.

Turner Sports spokesman Jeff Pomeroy confirmed Thursday that Sutton will not be calling Braves games on TBS or radio next year. Pomeroy said Sutton is “mulling an opportunity” to serve as an analyst on the division series playoff games that will air on TBS beginning next year.

Truly a shame. The die was probably cast when they brought in Chip Carey, Skip’s son, at the beginning of the season. Five men in a four man rotation is hard to justify economically, especially when TBS is doing an ever-shrinking portion of Braves games.

Still, Sutton was always a favorite and the combination of his personality and experience was a real asset to the broadcast. He and Skip are my favorites among the crew, although all of them are quite good. Indeed, it’s always a letdown watching a Braves game with someone other than the local crew doing the announcing, as they just aren’t the same.

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Maybe Don can make some guest appearances on Milwaukee Brewers games with his son Darren.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth | October 6, 2006 | 05:29 am | Permalink

Don should join Tommy Hutton on the Marlins TV broadcasts. Sutton and Hutton would make a great team.

Posted by jon bertolucci | November 5, 2006 | 07:13 am | Permalink

Don Sutton’s departure from the Braves broadcast booth is disappointing. While each member of the crew is important and fills a valid role, there is one role Sutton played that no other can. That role is “inside the lines”. As a former player and current Hall of Famer, Sutton provided insight that only someone who has been there can communicate. I wish him best with Washington.

Posted by bobby Powell | December 19, 2006 | 10:19 pm | Permalink

I miss hearing Don Sutton. It’s a shame that a way couldn’t be found to keep him. I also enjoy hearing Skip & Chip together. After 17 yrs? Shame on somebody. I don’t like hearing the guys from channels other than TBS. ANd I hate it being on Fox. I don’t miss a game if I can help it. Via TV.
As far as I’m concerned the changes haven’t been for the better. I liked it better when SS was Turner South. This is my south!

Posted by Dixie Lee | June 30, 2007 | 01:39 am | Permalink

Don Sutton is by far the best announcer in baseball. He knows so much about the game and while with Atlanta he always found a way to relate topics to baseball instead of making silly jokes like Skip Carey. The people at TBS got it wrong thinking that everybody loves Skip because nobody I knows really enjoys listening to him. I wish Skip would retire and we could have Pete and Don call the games again. Go Braves and go away Skip!

Posted by Cameron Hostetter | August 2, 2007 | 06:50 pm | Permalink

There has no been a finer gentleman than Don Sutton associated with the Atlant Braves. It is just another reason they are losing market share. Ernie’s knowledgable, Pete’s okay, Skip’s rude and arrogant, and I can’t speak to the kid, ’cause I haven’t followed them since Don left. He will be truly missed. Fair winds and following Seas -Don

Posted by Ray Banduchi | August 10, 2007 | 07:52 pm | Permalink

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