The losses continue to pile up for the White Sox in 2023.
Announced this morning by the Detroit Tigers, the club has inked a multi-year contract with Jason Benetti to become the team’s latest play-by-play announcer.
The White Sox and Brooks Boyer released the following statement this morning:
“We want to thank Jason Benetti for all he has done for the Chicago White Sox throughout his tenure and for all he means to White Sox fans. Not only is Jason one of the very best broadcasters across multiple sports, he is a born-and-raised White Sox fan who shared his passion for the team on air night in and night out. He represented the club in the community and engaged with fans, all while delivering one of the very best local broadcasts in Major League Baseball.”
“As we have in the past when career-changing opportunities were made available for Jason’s consideration while under contract witht he White Sox, including ESPN Sunday Night Baseball Statcasts, the Olympics, Peacock Sunday MLB Games, and most recently, becoming one of FOX’s top play-by-play talents for national broadcasts, we agreed to allow Jason to explore the opportunity with the Detroit Tigers, which he has accepted. We are proud to see Jason continue to live out his dream to bring the games he loves into the homes of fans in his unique style. We will miss Jason calling White Sox games and wish him the very best on his next chapter of his storied broadcasting career.”
“With Len Kasper fully committed to radio, our next step is to find the best person to pair with Steve Stone to continue to provide White Sox fans with smart, entertaining, and informative broadcasts in 2024. The search will begin immediately.”
Benetti has been the White Sox’s play-by-play announcer since Hawk Harrelson’s retirement eight seasons ago. As mentioned, Benetti has always been a national personality as well as a regional one. On the national level, he calls games for FOX in several sports, including Major League Baseball, college football, and college basketball games. He’s also one of the radio voices for March Madness on Westwood One and has led the booth for MLB Sunday Leadoff on Peacock.
Given that they were the White Sox’s immediate stand-ins for Benetti throughout the 2023 season, both Connor McKnight and Gordon Beckham will be the names most discussed to replace him. However, no true candidates are known at this time, especially with the team stating that Len Kasper is committed to radio.
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