With Joe Buck moving to more lucrative pastures, Fox Sports is turning into a much smaller name in the one-on-one game of the World Championships.
Fox announced Friday that Los Angeles Dodgers host Joe Davis will replace Buck alongside John Smoltz in the World Championship booth. He will continue to work with the Dodgers team in his new capacity.
Who is Joe Davis?
This isn’t the first time Davis has replaced a senior name, as he was the dodger’s immediate replacement for Finn Scully after the legend retired in 2016. Along with color commentator Orel Hershiser, Davis ranked very high in the MLB broadcast booth rankings.
The 34-year-old previously worked for Fox in a variety of roles, including for the network’s minor broadcast baseball team. He’s also invited to NFL games, college football, and college basketball games.
Here is a sample of his work from his most important assignments: Game 7 of the 2020 National League Championship Series.
As you can imagine, Davis is very excited to be invited to the World Championships. From a Fox press release:
“If you asked me when I was 10 what I wanted to do when I grew up, I would have told you ‘Call the World Championship.’ So when I say this is a dream come true, I really mean it,” Davis said. “One of the best parts about this is the team I work with. Smoltzy is clearly… I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know John and building such a comfort together in the cabin in the past few years. He, Kenny and Tom along with our Producer Pete Machiska and Director Matt Jungle are all stars – the absolute best at what they do. They’ve welcomed me so much over the years that I’ve worked more and more with their group. It’s all about the people you do business with, and I’m really lucky in that regard.”
Obviously, this wouldn’t be the first time the Dodgers announcer had called up a world championship, as Scully had a fair amount of experience in that regard.
Joe Buck left Fox for ESPN
Fox Sports found itself in need of a new primary NFL and MLB anchor, not to mention a new primary color commentator in the NFL, after ESPN lured Buck and his football partner Troy Ekman to take over. “Monday Night Football” booth, which recently struggled to find a stable booth with name recognition.
Fox has already announced the elevation of Kevin Burkhardt, the former No. 2 announcer in the NFL, to the top of its broadcaster list.
Many baseball fans wouldn’t be sad to see Buck go, because his conservative (some might say bored) demeanor during the sport’s biggest moments often left viewers frustrated. While Davis has a similar voice to Buck’s, he brings a more interactive sound to his broadcasts, to say the least.