Bob Uecker to cut back on road trips | Disciples of Uecker

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Brewers fans have counted on hearing Bob Uecker on the radio every summer night since 1971, but starting this season, the Ford C. Frick award winner will start to cut back on his broadcast schedule. Uecker told Newsradio WTMJ 620 that he’ll reduce the number of road games he’ll call in 2014.

Considering Uecker turned 80 over the weekend, it’s not necessarily a surprising move, but still a disappointing one for most fans. Despite the schedule cutback, Uecker swears he’s not thinking about retiring until he has problems getting around.

Adam McCalvy says the Brewers would use a yet-to-be-named analyst in games that Uecker takes off, presumably with Joe Block calling play-by-play for all nine innings. The early favorite for the analyst/color role may be Craig Counsell, who already travels with the team as a member of the front office and did well filling in on Brewers Live and the TV broadcasts last season.

Uecker’s schedule could end up looking something like Vin Scully’s schedule in Los Angeles. The 86-year-old Scully calls every Dodgers home game and road games in California and Arizona (essentially every division game except for those in Colorado). Uecker said Scully was one of the people he talked to before making the decision, and suggested to WTMJ 620 that he would cut back on calling the Brewers’ West Coast road trips. He’s probably a good bet to call most, if not all, of the Brewers’ road games that are closer to Milwaukee.

Selfishly, it’ll stink to have less Uecker this summer. But after nearly 60 years in baseball, he’s earned the right to be more selective about his schedule.

You can listen to the full Uecker interview on WTMJ 620′s site.

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  1. Mr.Bialy says: January 30, 2014

    It’ll be an absolute tragedy if the Brewers do not win the World Series in his lifetime and he can make the call. I still go back to that Diamondbacks and listen to his call on that final play with Morgan knocking in Gomez. Gives me goosebumps every time. Uecker is the best and we as Brewers fans are unbelievably privileged to have him calling the games for us.

    • BrewersWorldSeries says: January 30, 2014

      Couldn’t agree more. Nothing would make me happier than to hear Uecker call a Brewers World Series win. That would be bliss. And much like you, I listen to that call (as well as Braun’s 8th inning homer on the last day of the season in 2008) about once a month. There will never be another like him.

  2. Chris says: January 30, 2014

    Selfishly this is, of course, and unmitgated disaster. Ueck is a part of the rhythm of my summer. Not to have him on all 162 games is terrible…for me. But he’s a real person who’s 80 years old. He’s earned a break. We have been most blessed to have him as our summer companion for all these years. Thanks, Bob — and enjoy the extra time off.

    • Nicholas Zettel says: January 30, 2014

      Agreed 100% — there is nothing quite like running an errand and turning on the car to find Ueck in the middle of a story; you’ll instantly know the game situation. When the game is tense, you’ll also know immediately — we’ll just have to know to cherish each game with the Ueck.

  3. Johnnie says: January 30, 2014

    Counsell did a great job in the TV broadcasts I saw him do, he’s got strong ties to Milwaukee, and he was always one of my favorite players. If anyone should be so honored as to follow in Uecker’s footsteps it’s him.

  4. Beep says: January 30, 2014

    What a bummer, but I guess this day had to come sooner or later. How about Uecker just calls the games from Milwaukee while watching a TV broadcast? No one will know there is a delay anyways because you can never sync the sound unless you have MLB.TV.

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