Throughout much of his illustrious career in the broadcast booth, Joe Buck has called many crucial playoff games. Buck has become the go-to play-by-play announcer for the MLB when it comes to postseason action. However, the longtime broadcaster won’t be making the call for Game 7 of the NLCS between the LA Dodgers and Atlanta Braves.
Dodgers force a Game 7 against the Braves
The Dodgers fell into a 3-1 hole through the first four games of the National League Championship Series against the Braves.
However, things have turned around in their favor over the last two contests as LA has forced an all-or-nothing Game 7. The Dodgers’ bats came to life in Game 5 behind scoring 11 runs in the first inning, which was the most any team has scored in a single inning in playoff history.
Following that dominating performance, LA moved to a 3-1 victory in Game 6 behind their stellar pitching. That was guided by six shutout innings from ace Walker Buehler that set the table for the bullpen to move to a win behind their three first-inning runs.
Shortstop Corey Seager has been incredibly huge in the NLCS as he has five home runs with 11 RBIs in the first six games played. Seager is the first player at his position with at least four home runs in a single playoff series. All that has forced a Game 7 between the two teams, which longtime broadcaster Joe Buck won’t be in the booth to call.
Why Joe Buck Won’t call Game 7 between Dodgers and Braves
Over the years, legendary broadcaster Joe Buck has operated the broadcast booth to call many MLB games.
Much of which has seen him cover a plethora of meaningful playoff action. However, that won’t be the case on Sunday night as Buck won’t be giving the call for Game 7 of the NLCS. He is scheduled to take the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers matchup with his usual broadcaster partner Hall of Famer Troy Aikman.
As Art Stapleton of the USA TODAY Sports pointed out, Buck is in for a hectic week as he will broadcast games each day. He will cover the first four games of the 2020 World Series on four different days while also having the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs matchup on Monday night and the Thursday night contest between the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles.
Buck has received criticism over his career, but time and time again, he has proven to be one of the best in the business. He has worked his way into garnering his significant role because of the work he puts forth. With Buck out of the mix for Game 7 of the NLCS, another familiar face will take his spot.
Joe Davis will take the call in his place for Game 7
With Joe Buck unavailable for Game 7 of the National League Championship Series between the Dodgers and Braves, it has opened the door for another recognizable voice to step in.
It’s quite a familiar one for LA as it’s their play-by-play Spectrum SportsNet LA announcer Joe Davis, who will fill that spot. Since taking over for legendary broadcaster Vin Scully, Davis has been well-received by the fan base due to his strong work in the booth.
Before taking that role, Davis spent a few years with Fox Sports and FS1 calling college football and basketball and the MLB and NFL. That included him taking the reins for MLB playoff division series matchups. He also covered Game 4 of the 2019 American National Championship Series when Buck was unavailable due to Thursday Night Football on that same day.