- The Washington Times - Monday, March 6, 2006

The Washington Nationals will be getting new faces in the booth. The team announced yesterday it hired former Cardinals broadcaster Bob Carpenter and Tom Paciorek, a former color commentator for the Atlanta Braves and Chicago White Sox, to handle the Nationals’ television broadcast duties.

The two will work 158 Nationals games this year, including four exhibition games, all of which air on Mid-Atlantic Sports Network or WDCA (Channel 20). Their first game will be March 18.

Financial terms of the contracts for the two men were not disclosed, though the two are only signed for the 2006 season. Carpenter will take on lead play-by-play duties, with Paciorek performing color commentary.

Last year’s MASN announcers, Mel Procter and Ron Darling, were not retained. Darling recently was hired by the New York Mets.

Carpenter joins MASN and the Nationals after 10 years on KPLR-TV and KMOX radio in St. Louis, where he gained some renown for broadcasting many of Mark McGwire’s record-setting home runs during the 1998 season.

Before joining the Cardinals, he broadcast for the New York Mets, Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins, and has also appeared on college basketball broadcasts on ESPN.

“He’s a solid pro,” Nationals radio broadcaster Charlie Slowes said. “He knows the game. He knows people in the game. It’s a good choice.”

Paciorek spent the last five years with the Braves and spent 13 seasons with the White Sox. He is currently broadcasting games in the World Baseball Classic for XM Radio. He also was a player, representing the Seattle Mariners in the All-Star Game in 1981.

Carpenter and Peciorek have never worked together in the booth, but Carpenter was a broadcaster for the Texas Rangers in the mid-1980s, when Paciorek was a player on the team.

“Tom Paciorek is a good friend, and I can’t wait to work with him,” Carpenter said. “He’s a great baseball man, funny, full of personality, and I think we’ll have a blast together. We were ‘teammates’ back in the late ‘80s in Texas and have kept in touch ever since. Nationals fans will really like him.”

Said Slowes: “They’ve worked together before, so that should really help.”

The announcement of the MASN team comes after the team revealed a new radio partnership for the 2006 season, with all games broadcast on the new WTWP (AM-1500). Slowes was retained as the play-by-play man, with Dave Jageler replacing Dave Shea as color commentator.

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