/No shtick: Karl Ravech sticks to script at Home Run Derby

No shtick: Karl Ravech sticks to script at Home Run Derby


Kevin Santo, USA TODAY Sports

Published 12:04 a.m. ET July 11, 2017 | Updated 12:04 a.m. ET July 11, 2017

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At the 2017 Home Run Derby, for the first time since 1993, the homers from the major leagues’ best sluggers just weren’t going back, back, back anymore.

Instead, Chris Berman and his signature call was replaced by Karl Ravech – who has been with ESPN since 1993 and is a regular host of ‘Baseball Tonight’. Though Ravech was the main host, he was also joined by analysts Jessica Mendoza and Mark Teixeira, as well as reporter Buster Olney.

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And by the end of the night, Ravech didn’t give people much to complain about.

Granted, there were some down moments. Ravech asked Cody Bellinger how the Derby compared to the Little League World Series that the Dodgers rookie once played in, and at one point tried to impersonate Berman’s famous call only to field a mixed reaction.

Him doing back, back, back: 

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