A Change for 2017, Joining the Texas Rangers Broadcast Team

rangers-logoStarting this season I am taking a position with the Texas Rangers to become an analyst on their television broadcasts on Fox Sports Southwest. I will be sharing color duties with the great Tom Grieve as well as occasionally serving on play-by-play. Dave Raymond will be on the play-by-play call full time and Emily Jones will continue on sideline.

Accepting this position means that I will have to adjust what I am currently doing at FS1. I will likely continue to call a dozen or so Saturday national games on Fox and FS1, like I have been doing for the past three years. However, I will have to give up most, if not all, of the regular season studio work I have been doing on shows like MLB WhipAround and the MLB on Fox Pregame Show.

Some of the many incredible people I have worked with at FS1 studios in Los Angeles the past three years. Apologies to anyone I missed.

The thought of giving up my studio work at FS1, especially Whip, was the most difficult part of this decision. I have put everything I have into that show since its inception and took a lot of pride in the product we have delivered in our three years. The people involved like stage crew, stats, producers, graphics, makeup, wardrobe, social media, security and our on-air talent are all like family to me. I could not have asked for a better work environment or better people to work with. Walking away from that was something I really wrestled over.

I am extremely grateful to the executives at FS1 for being open to making adjustments to my current contract so that I could pursue this position with the Rangers. They have been overwhelmingly supportive of me in my time there. I am also incredibly humbled that the Rangers see me as a guy that could help them continue to bring great baseball on television to the team’s fans. I now get the best of both worlds, local TV in a great market and national games on the network that knows how to best bring them to you the viewer.

I plan to continue my radio work with MLB Network Radio on Sirius/XM as well as Eye on Baseball on CBS Sports Radio on Saturday mornings during the baseball season. Currently I have no writing or digital obligations in 2017.

This is one of those times in life where I am as excited as I am nervous. I had a great gig in Los Angeles at FS1 with great people. This new opportunity in Texas though is one that rarely becomes available and I couldn’t let it pass by. I can’t wait to get started with the Rangers.

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9 Responses

  1. M Sweeney says:

    You are a pros pro CJ and well deserved! I am blessed to have had that opportunity to work along side of you and like everyone told me, you were a great teammate! I echo that same about the great people behind the scenes at FS1 on and off air. Continued success for you as I know the Rangers are lucky to have you

  2. Pat Sullivan says:

    Congrats CJ! You deserve it

  3. Michael Gordon says:

    Congrats, C.J.! Excited for you, happy for those lucky Rangers fans, but forgive me for hoping that my Astros ruin your day nineteen times next year!

  4. Steve Severino says:

    Congrats CJ and good luck man! Nice job and well earned.

  5. Courtney Hamilton says:

    CONGRATS CJ! I’ll be sure to come visit ya!

  6. Justin says:

    Welcome to the Texas family CJ…Get ready for Real Texas Baseball!

  7. Kevin Edelbrock says:

    It will be so great to have you back in Texas!

  8. Diana says:

    Welcome to the Rangers!!

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