Brian Anderson to become full-time Rays TV analyst
Brian Anderson will be the full-time analyst for Rays games on Sun Sports in 2011. That means Kevin Kennedy, who served as the Rays chief analyst for the past two seasons, will not return. Anderson will join play-by-play announcer Dewayne Staats, who will return his 14th season.
When Joe Magrane left as Rays TV analyst following the 2008 season, Kennedy and Anderson split the duties, with Kennedy getting the bulk of the games. Kennedy called approximately 100 games each of the past two seasons, while Anderson called about 50.
Rays fans never seemed to embrace Kennedy, the former big-league manager and analyst for Fox. Some didn't like that he took time off during the season, while others felt he spent too much time talking about balls and strikes and didn't have the same offbeat humor as fan-favorite Magrane. Anderson, meantime, does bring more of a sense of humor and seemed to mesh well with Staats. The good news for Rays fans is Anderson will bring consistency by working most, if not all, televised Rays games on Sun Sports.
Anderson pitched 13 seasons in the majors with the Angels, Indians, Diamondbacks and Royals. Before joining the Sun Sports last season, Anderson occasionally was a part of the Cleveland Indians' broadcasts.
"We welcome Dewayne back for another season of Rays baseball on Sun Sports and are looking forward to having Brian as a full-time analyst, a role he has excelled in over the past two years on numerous games,'' Ned Tate, executive producer for Sun Sports, said. "We wish Kevin nothing but the best and thank him for his contributions over the past two seasons.''