The Chicago White Sox today announced that Steve Stone will take over color analyst duties for White Sox television broadcasts starting in 2009.Â The clubâ€™s agreement with Stone is a six-year deal, through 2014, with a club option for 2015.
Stone, the former Cy Young Award winner, White Sox pitcher, current White Sox radio color analyst and 2008 Ford C. Frick Award nominee, will team with legendary play-by-play announcer Ken â€śHawkâ€ť Harrelson.Â Harrelson, also a 2008 Frick Award nominee, is presently in his 19th consecutive season in the White Sox television booth.
The organization also announced today that it will not exercise the clubâ€™s 2009 option for current television color analyst Darrin Jackson.Â The White Sox have offered Jackson the analyst role on the teamâ€™s radio broadcasts in 2009 and are awaiting a decision from Jackson .
â€śSteve Stone is one of the very best analysts in the game,â€ť said Brooks Boyer, White Sox vice president and chief marketing officer.Â â€śWe are extremely pleased to match Steve and Hawk in the White Sox television booth in 2009 and do it in a manner that keeps Steve as a long-term member of the organization.Â We feel our fans and casual baseball fans across the country will appreciate what this team of Chicago broadcast icons will bring to the table each and every telecast.â€ť
â€śWhen I first came to Chicago in 1973, it was as a White Sox player.Â I truly believe that there is a great symmetry with the ability to stay a part of the White Sox family,â€ť said Stone.Â â€śThis has been a great season on the South Side and I cannot thank Jerry Reinsdorf enough for bringing me back to baseball broadcasting, along with Ed Farmer, my partner in the booth this season, for making me feel at home in what is one of the top organizations in Major League Baseball.â€ť
â€śIn 2007, Hawk and I worked together on six White Sox game telecasts,â€ť said Stone. â€śI felt a great deal of chemistry between us then, and it is with a great deal of excitement that I look forward to partnering with one of the great play-by-play men in the game.â€ť
Chicago White Sox games are televised locally on Comcast SportsNet, WGN-TV and WCIU-TV.
Source: Chicago White Sox