Ed Sherman of the Chicago Tribune on Hawk Harrelson cutting back on games:
The White Sox announcer told Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM 670 that he is considering cutting back on doing road games next year. During the season, Harrelson, who will be 73 next week, does a four-hour commute from Granger, Ind. for home games.
Harrelson has already been missing games here and there for the last few years, so this move is a natural progression. The more important question is, who will fill in? The last couple of years Steve Stone has moved into the play-by-play role with either Tom Paciorek or Mike Huff. The question is whether or not the White Sox would try to use this time to groom the next guy. Stone is 67, and maybe he plans to do this for 10 more years. If so, then it makes sense to give him the gig and let him run with it. It’s been nice having Paciorek back in the sidekick role, and he has been great there. Paciorek is also 67, and probably not the play by play guy the Sox would want to bring in at this point.
Huff is certainly an option. He is only 51, and his experience with the team already gives him a nice leg up. Dan Plesac, former Major League pitcher is from Gary, IN and has long show an interest in being a part of the White Sox. He is currently an analyst for MLB Network. A.J. Pierzynski has made some appearances as a studio analyst, and the odds are good that he is done playing baseball. He seems more fit for the broadcasting booth than the manager’s seat. Frank Thomas has also been doing studio work, and certainly seems to much more involved with the club again over the last few years.
No matter what, this is a good thing. Hawk is falling out of favor with many, and is not well liked by other teams/fans around the league. He is out of touch with today’s game, and completely against any sort of new age statistics. It’s time to move on. So making that move slowly is a perfectly sane idea.