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.”
There's a new voice in the booth for this year's Fall Classic. MLB analyst Jessica Mendoza explains why Joe Davis is a perfect fit for Joe Buck's former gig. pic.twitter.com/Xe5KROqq32
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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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