In my media column for our baseball preview section, I talked to Sean McDonough about his return to calling Red Sox games for the first significant stretch since he left after the 2004 season. (He has called several Sox games for ESPN through the years.)
In that piece, I laid out the gist of his schedule, which is expected to include 32 games as part of WEEI’s rotating cast alongside Joe Castiglione on its Red Sox radio broadcasts.
Here is how the rest of the broadcaster groupings are shaping up for the first month of the season:
March 28-April 7: Castiglione and former Mets and Padres voice Josh Lewin will call all 11 of these games, all on the road — including four games at Seattle to open the season — four more at Oakland, and three at Arizona before the Red Sox finally return to Fenway for their home opener.
April 9: After an off day, Castiglione and Lou Merloni will call the home opener against Toronto. That is followed by another off day.
April 11-17: Castiglione will be joined by McDonough for a seven-game stretch (one vs. Toronto, four vs. Baltimore, and two in the Bronx against the Yankees). Merloni will be the third voice in the booth on the 11th, 12th, and 15th.
April 19-30: After an off day on the 18th, former Tigers play-by-play voice Mario Impemba will team up with Castiglione for 10 games in an 11-game stretch — three at Tampa, four at Fenway vs. the Tigers, and two of three games at home against The Rays.
Castiglione, who will take some time off in-season and expects to miss around 18 games this year, is off for the middle game of the Tampa series on Saturday the 27th. Impemba will call that game with a to-be-determined partner, probably Merloni or Dale Arnold. Merloni will join the booth on Wednesday the 24th.
Will Flemming is the pregame and postgame for all of the aforementioned games other than April 13 and 14, when Ken Laird will handle that role.