There will be a number of changes on SNY Mets telecasts this spring.
Longtime in-game reporter Kevin Burkhardt left for greener pastures, literally and figuratively, by moving to Los Angeles, where he has quickly become one of the top play-by-play broadcasters for Fox Sports on both its NFL and Major League Baseball telecasts. Burkhardt is expected to be replaced by his understudy of the last two years, Rego Park native Steve Gelbs.
It was just learned that longtime pre- and post-game host Bob Ojeda, whose contract expired at the end of the 2014 season, will not be returning. SNY executives wanted Ojeda, a member of the 1986 World Series-winning Mets, back, but they couldn’t agree on compensation. Indications are that another former Mets pitcher, Brooklyn native and Brandeis University alum Nelson Figueroa, who has gotten some broadcast experience at the MLB Network, will be replacing Ojeda.
Figueroa will have big shoes to fill because Ojeda was popular with fans and the media because of his refreshing candor. He could never be accused of being a shill for the home team. Having gotten to know Nelson over the years, I am certain that he will be insightful and will never insult anyone’s intelligence. SNY executives are undoubtedly hoping that his matinee idol looks will draw more women to Mets telecasts.
Credit to Midweek.com who originally published this article