The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network announced Tuesday that broadcasters for the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles would begin traveling this week to call road games, a departure from the network’s early-season remote broadcasts.
The Washington Post reported last week on some of the problems with those broadcasts, from technical difficulties to commentary that lagged behind the video feed. MASN was an outlier; nearly all other regional sports networks covering baseball had returned their announcers to the road after mostly grounding them for the previous two seasons because of the pandemic.
MASN spokesman Todd Webster issued a statement to The Post last week that said technological advances made by necessity during the pandemic allowed productions to go remote and the network was continuing those protocols this season. On Tuesday, Webster said Orioles broadcasters will be in New York this week for a series against the Yankees and Nationals broadcasters will travel to San Francisco this weekend.
The news was cheered by Nationals play-by-play announcer Bob Carpenter, who will travel with color analyst Kevin Frandsen.
“Nats fans, it’s great that Kevin, and I are now traveling,” Carpenter tweeted. “I’m happier for you! You all deserve a first class telecast and that’s our goal.”