STO Slims to Two, Drops Sanders

As expected, SportsTime Ohio is slimming down in the broadcast booth.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians-run TV network is not renewing the contract of John Sanders, who’s been calling Tribe games on TV dating back to 1991… much of that time on FOX Sports Net Ohio and its predecessors.

Sanders, along with analysts Rick Manning and Mike Hegan, moved as a group to STO when the cable/satellite network started this season.

STO’s Jim Liberatore cited the move to a two-person TV booth for next year, saying that it “offers a more consistent, defined and viewer-friendly approach”.

The non-bylined PD item says Manning, the popular ex-Indians outfielder, is “likely” to remain, and could be paired in the two-person booth with either Hegan, or with Hegan’s fellow Indians radio analyst Matt Underwood…

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