The Chicago White Sox filled their booth opening Thursday by nominating John Schriffen as their new play-by-play broadcaster.
Schriffen, 39, will cover the games on NBC Sports Chicago with analyst Steve Stone. He received a multi-year deal.
Schriffen called Major League Baseball, NCAA basketball, football, softball and baseball games, the NBA G-League and Summer League for ESPN. He came to ESPN in 2020 to provide coverage for the Korean Baseball Organization.
“I grew up playing and loving baseball, so it is my ultimate dream to accept the role of being the play-by-play voice of the Chicago White Sox,” Schriffen said in a statement. “When you think of all the wonderful and talented broadcasters who have worked on White Sox games over the decades, it is truly humbling to be given this responsibility.
“My new partner, Steve Stone, is among those greats, and I look forward to the Sox games we will play together this season as I get to know the White Sox fans and they get to know me. I can’t wait to get started.”
He then takes over Jason Benetti became the voice of Detroit Tigers.
Prior to joining ESPN, Schriffen served as a studio host and host for the NFL Network, including NFL Total Access and NFL Gameday Live, and as a play-by-play broadcaster and sideline reporter for CBS Sports.
Schriffen, who is biracial, became the second black television announcer in MLB, joining Seattle’s Dave Sims, according to the Sox. The Dartmouth graduate pitched for the baseball team.
“John is an incredibly talented sports broadcaster who brings energy and national experience to the booth,” Brooks Boyer, White Sox chief revenue and marketing officer, said in a statement. “The White Sox have always been committed to setting the standard for local baseball telecasts, providing professional, engaging and entertaining broadcasts to all audiences.
“John and Steve Stone, along with our best-in-class production team at NBC Sports Chicago, will undoubtedly continue the legacy and tradition of great White Sox teams in the booth.”