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Dodgers: Jessica Mendoza Says Fans Will Be ‘Really Excited’ to Hear Joe Davis Call the World Series

Dodgers play-by-play broadcaster Joe Davis is in his first postseason as the voice of baseball for FOX Sports, having replaced Joe Buck this year after Buck jumped to ESPN. A lot of baseball fans don’t really tune in until the postseason, so this is the first time many people are hearing Davis.

Jessica Mendoza has worked next to Davis in the broadcast booth, so she has firsthand experience with his excellent work. She recently joined Mackenzie Salmon on USA Today Sports to talk about what fans can expect from Davis in the booth as he replaces a legend.

“I worked side by side with Joe Davis this year on the Dodger games, and I am excited. I mean, Joe Buck is classic, obviously going back to even his dad, and you think about the Buck family in baseball. So you can’t compare who’s gonna be better.

“But let’s be real — Joe Davis replaced Vin Scully. You’re talking about the godfather of all announcers. In the history of baseball, Vin Scully is number one, and Joe Davis had to come into that and did it, I feel, with flying colors. He’s done a phenomenal job. So I think people are — a lot of people still don’t know who Joe Davis is, at least the ones who just tune in for the World Series, broader baseball fans — and I think they’re gonna be really excited to hear him on a broadcast.”

Fans of the teams involved are always going to think national broadcasters are biased against their team — as we discussed last week, even Vin Scully had those accusations levied against him — but Mendoza is exactly right that for open-minded fans, Davis is a delight to listen to.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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  1. Whenever Jessica Mendoza was on a broadcast this last season I would switch to the radio audio feed (I have because I’m out of market). She is not good and has no business doing color commentary in the MLB.

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