Ryan Howard will call Phillies-Mets tonight for ESPN


Former Phillies star Ryan Howard is making his return to Citizens Bank Park Monday, only this time he’ll be in the broadcast booth.

It’ll be the former slugger’s first shot calling a game from the booth after making appearances across a host of ESPN shows in recent months, including Baseball Tonight, SportsCenter, and Golic and Wingo on ESPN Radio.

Howard grew up in St. Louis as a fan of sports broadcasting, listening to Cardinals games called by Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Buck (the late father of Fox Sports’ Joe Buck). But once Howard joined the Phillies, he quickly grew fond of the voice of the team’s legendary announcer, the late Harry Kalas.

Howard will be honored by the Phillies on July 14 ahead of the Phillies’ game against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies are also honoring two of Howard’s 2008 teammates this season — Jimmy Rollins (May 4) and Chase Utley (June 21).

John Boruk out at NBC Sports Philadelphia

NBC Sports Philadelphia anchor and Flyers insider John Boruk announced Friday, a week after the end of the Flyers’ season, that he was leaving the network after 13 years.

“All good things must eventually come to an end including my time at NBC Sports Philadelphia,” Boruk wrote in a statement. “To be connected with the Flyers was something I deeply cherished as well… I’m beyond excited for the next stage of my life and my career moving forward.”

“We appreciate John’s contributions to our network, and wish him the best in his next chapter,” NBC Sports Philadelphia said in a statement. Boruk was not available for comment.

“Another one bites the dust. Still hate to see it. It was great being desk neighbors with you for all those years,” wrote Rachel Micali, who spent eight years as a booking producer before her position was eliminated in May 2018. Several other NBC Sports Philadelphia personalities weighed in on Boruk’s departure, including Michael Barkann and Derrick Gunn.

• Despite an early start due to the weather, CBS drew big overnight ratings Sunday for the final round of The Masters, thanks to Tiger Woods’ first win in a major PGA tournament since the 2008 U.S. Open. CBS announced it drew a 7.7 household rating (down from last year due to the 9 a.m. start time) and a 21 share (up 17 percent from last year), meaning more than one-fifth of all households with television sets tuned in to watch Woods’ improbable comeback.

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