Jim Palmer, whose appearances on Orioles’ MASN telecasts in 2020 were limited to Zoom calls, will return to the air in 2021, the club announced on Monday. It will be Palmer’s 29th season on the broadcast team and 58th with the Orioles’ organization.
Kevin Brown and Scott Garceau, who appeared on telecasts in 2020, will again work on television play-by-play. Brown, who joined the broadcast team in 2019, will also be heard on the Orioles’ radio network.
Garceau, a longtime local broadcaster, appeared on Orioles games for the first time since 1992 last year.
Geoff Arnold, who joined the radio team last year, returns this year, and he’ll occasionally provide play-by-play.
Former Orioles pitcher Ben McDonald will return as an analyst on MASN broadcasts in 2021.
Brett Hollander and Melanie Newman, who joined the broadcasting team in 2021, will return and contribute radio play-by-play and make occasional appearances on MASN.
Rob Long, who anchored pregame and postgame shows in the last two years, will appear on both MASN and 105.7 The Fan Orioles programming.
Besides the reported departures of Gary Thorne, Jim Hunter, Tom Davis, Mike Bordick and Dave Johnson, the Orioles confirmed that Rick Dempsey will no longer appear on pregame and postgame programs but will serve as an Orioles community ambassador.
The club also announced that Brian Roberts, who had occasionally contributed to Orioles radio and television broadcasts in recent years, will not return and would join Dempsey, Brooks Robinson, Eddie Murray and Boog Powell as community ambassadors.
Streaming Orioles games: For years, local fans have complained that the Orioles didn’t stream their games. Now, MASN has announced plans to launch “its owned and operated dedicated sports media app.”
MASN will stream all of the Orioles and Nationals games it televises “by using the new MASN app and authenticating via TV provider log-in.”
This will be available throughout MASN’s seven-state broadcasters and will require viewers to subscribe to MASN on cable or satellite.
The app can also live stream via desktop, mobile (iOS and Android) and Roku. The app can be downloaded on iTunes and Google Play App Stores.