9:45 am: Everett, who currently hosts a FOX Sports Radio Saturday morning show, will join Howie Rose and Josh Lewin, who will return as the on-air broadcast team during games.
Eddie Coleman will continue in his role as WFAN's Mets beat reporter, filing on air reports and updates and doing fill-in hosting throughout the year.
SNY recently announced that Gary Apple will replace Chris Carlin as host of their pre- and post-game show. Bob Ojeda will return as the show's studio analyst. Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling will again be in the booth. Carlin will continue hosting SNY's Loud Mouths and will host GEICO SportsNite.
This is the final year of Kevin Burkhardt's current contract with SNY. FOX recently announced he will host a new pre- and post-game studio show, based in Los Angeles, for their National baseball programming. Steve Gelbs will start the season as Burkhardt’s fill-in.
This is a good choice by WOR. I have known Seth for years. He's underrated, very smart, he loves baseball and he'll make a nice addition to the team. He's been very critical of the team's ownership during the last few years, so I'm interested to see how he injects his direct style in to these broadcasts. He speaks clearly and doesn't mince words. It's a trait I admire and something I look forward to being around again. I first met him years ago when I interned at MLB Radio, often working for him and Darryl Hamilton. I miss that show, actually. They were fun together.
For what it's worth, WOR interviewed and strongly considered some very close friends of mine for this position, talking right down to the final decision. You've seen these people do good work here on MetsBlog and SNY.tv. They're all equally qualified and passionate. I hope they continue hustling to find the job of their dreams. They've all earned it and will get there sooner than later, I'm sure... Don't give up, guys!
Speaking of talent, we are so fortunate as Mets fans. In addition to an incredible cast of on air talent, all of whom make these games far more entertaining than they often are, the city is also home to an incredible corps of beat reporters and columnists. I often take issue with their abundance of meaningless information, but that actually speaks to their hustle and commitment to the job. These men and women produce almost as much material as the rest of the National League beats combined and, though they are easy targets when snippy with fans, they do great work that is often taken for granted.
In other words, the media surrounding the Mets is amazing, especially when you consider how weak the team has been over the last few years. The radio guys, TV crew, producers, directors, talent, engineers, writers, columnists, reporters, editors, the dozens and dozens of bloggers, "new media" people, podcasters, fans on Twitter, Facebook and comment sections, they combine to be an an incredible -- and often unbelievable -- number of talented and entertaining people focusing on a single team's every move. This is not common. It's special. And we probably should appreciate it more than we do...