Darling, Martinez join TBS team

Darling, Martinez join TBS team

ATLANTA -- As Major League teams shore up their Opening Day rosters, so, too, did TBS, announcing on Thursday that Ron Darling and Buck Martinez will serve as rotating color analysts who will work along side play-by-play man Chip Caray on Sunday MLB on TBS broadcasts.

Both bring more than than a decade of baseball experience as players, and deliver their own unique styles that TBS believes will blend nicely with Caray, himself a 19-year veteran behind the microphone.

"Ron Darling has established himself as one of the most eloquent and opinionated voices in the game, and we are looking forward to showcasing his personality to our TBS audience," said Jeff Behnke, senior vice president and executive producer for Turner Sports. "Buck Martinez is simply regarded as one of the best analysts in baseball and his experience as a player, manager and behind the microphone will elevate our telecasts throughout the year and during our postseason coverage."

Darling, a 13-year Major League pitcher who last season provided analysis on TBS' League Division Series coverage both in the studio and on-site, currently calls games on SportsNet New York (SNY), for whom he won a New York Emmy Award in 2006 for his analysis on New York Mets broadcasts. He will debut on Sunday MLB on TBS on April 20, when Atlanta hosts the Los Angeles Dodgers in Andruw Jones' return. Darling also is slated to join Caray during TBS' exclusive coverage of the LDS and it's inaugural foray into the American League Championship Series.

Martinez, who played in the Majors for 17 years and managed Toronto for two more before taking the reins as manager of the U.S. team in the inaugural World Baseball Classic, boasts more than 22 years of broadcasting experience on radio and television. He will be in his sixth year broadcasting for the Baltimore Orioles.

Turner Sports veteran Craig Sager will serve as on-field reporter for select games during the season, debuting in the season opener in Toronto.

Ernie Johnson will host selected games, including the April 6 game, as well as for the MLB All-Star Selection Show, slated for July 6. Marc Fein will handle the duties on a more regular basis.

Jon Cooper is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.