- The Washington Times - Monday, January 15, 2007

Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton will be the new color analyst for Washington Nationals telecasts this season, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network and the team announced yesterday.

Sutton, who worked on broadcasts for the Atlanta Braves and TBS until last year, will replace Tom Paciorek, who was not retained by the Nationals after last season.

Sutton will join play-by-play announcer Bob Carpenter, and the pair will broadcast the first regular season game April 2 and select spring training games in March.

“Don’s Hall of Fame credentials, coupled with a special ability to communicate the inner workings of the game in an easygoing manner, will greatly enhance the viewing experience for our MASN audience,” said Nationals president Stan Kasten, who worked with Sutton during his time as president of the Braves. “His presence will also benefit our players, coaching staff and front office as we build and develop our future around young pitching.”

Sutton won 324 games and struck out 3,574 batters in his 22-year major league career, mostly as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Nationals officials had been eyeing Sutton since the fall after determining they wanted more pitching-focused analysis.

The addition of Sutton gives MASN a high-profile name as it begins broadcasting both Nationals and Orioles games for the first time this year and as it battles Comcast SportsNet for supremacy of the television sports landscape in the District.

“Coming to Washington was an easy choice for me,” Sutton said. “This is the beginning of what is going to be an exciting era in Washington baseball history, and MASN puts on a first-class broadcast.”

Sutton is the only new member of the Nationals’ broadcast crew this year. In addition to Carpenter, radio broadcasters Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler are under contract and expected back.

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