Friday, October 15, 2021

Former SF Giants star Hunter Pence is debuting as TV color commentator on Sunday

Hunter Pence literally isn’t taking his “retirement.”

Pence has kept himself busy with various projects and adventures since hanging up his spikes last season, and on Sunday, the former Giants star announced his latest discovery.

Pence will serve as color commentator with play-by-play broadcaster Dave Fleming for the Giants’ series finale in St. Louis against the Cardinals.

The 38-year-old won two World Series in San Francisco and spent parts of eight seasons with the Giants where he became one of the most beloved players of the franchise’s greatest era. Pence is not new to broadcasting as he hosts a podcast with The Athletic, is active on Twitch as a streamer and as a TV analyst on the Giants pre and postgame shows on NBC Sports Bay Area earlier this season. appeared in, but his debut took place on Sunday. Booth for live games.

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The Giants have used several different former players as color commentators this season as Mike Crucco scaled back his schedule in recent years. Former legendary pitchers Javier Lopez and Shawn Estes have both appeared as color commentators, while outfielder Randy Winn and first baseman JT Snow also made play-by-play voice cameos in the booth with Fleming, John Miller, Duane Kuiper and Joe Ritzo. has done.

With Miller on leave and Kuiper recovering from chemotherapy, Ritzo is filling in KNBR’s radio broadcast for Sunday’s game and will call the game with Winn. Ritzo Lo-A is the primary play-by-play voice of the San Jose Giants and aired his first major league game during the 2019 season.

Ritzo also serves as the play-by-play voice for the Giants on the Spring Training webcast.

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