Popular White Sox announcer Jason Benetti heading to the Detroit Tigers originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Popular White Sox announcer Jason Benetti will leave Chicago for the Detroit Tigers, the team announced Thursday.
“One of the top voices in sports is coming to the 313!” The Tigers tweeted Thursday morning, adding that Benetti had “signed to a multi-year contract as our television play-by-play announcer.”
The team also released a statement from Benetti himself, saying he was “incredibly proud to join this historic and emerging franchise.”
“It’s special and I’m excited to bring this energy to Tigers fans around the world,” Benetti’s statement read.
Benetti first came to the White Sox booth in 2016, as the career of revered announcer Hawk Harrelson was coming to an end. When Harrelson retired in 2019, he became the White Sox’ full-time play-by-play man.
Benetti is considered a rising star in the broadcasting world and has broadcast games of various sports on the national stage in recent years.
“I love this job so much,” Benetti said earlier this year When it was announced he would continue his duties for the 2023 season. “I want to be here and I’ve always wanted to be here.”
Chicago White Sox chief revenue and marketing officer Brooks Boyer called Benetti “one of the best broadcasters in multiple sports.”
“We want to thank Jason Benetti for everything he has done for the Chicago White Sox throughout his tenure and for everything he means to White Sox fans. Not only is Jason one of the best broadcasters in various sports, he is also a natural human being.” “The tall White Sox fan shared his passion for the team night after night on air,” Boyer said in a statement. “He represented the club in the community and engaged with fans while providing one of the best local broadcasts in Major League Baseball.”
Boyer said the team allowed Benetti to “explore the opportunity with the Detroit Tigers” and was “proud to see Jason continue to live out his dream of bringing the games he loves into fans’ homes in his unique style.” .”
“We will miss Jason at White Sox games and wish him well in the next chapter of his storied broadcasting career,” Boyer said.
The Sox are looking for a successor to Benetti and a partner with Steve Stone for 2024, with Len Kasper remaining committed to radio.
“The search will begin immediately,” Boyer said.