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Mike Shannon Reveals Covid-19 Struggle, Hospitalization

“According to Hummel, it hasn’t been decided if the six-inning schedule for Shannon will continue during the regular season.”

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This season is set to be the 50th and final year in the broadcast booth for Cardinals radio voice Mike Shannon. But according to the 81-year-old, he almost didn’t make it after a severe bout with COVID-19 last fall. 

Speaking with Rick Hummel of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Shannon said he spent 15 days in the hospital from late October into November.

“I was going down,” Shannon said. “I was probably going to die.”

His wife Lori Shannon described driving to the hospital the day he became sick, and notably remembered how quickly he took a turn for the worse.  

“Within four hours he went from normal Mike Shannon to ‘I can’t breathe’ Mike Shannon to hanging his head out of the window as I’m driving 80 miles an hour down the highway,” she told The Post-Dispatch. “We got into the emergency room and it was pretty much like seven liters, 15 liters, 30 liters, boom, we’re out of oxygen. So they moved him into the Intensive Care Unit.

“Within the next hour, he was so agitated about the thing at that point that he was down for the count and they had to put him into a medical coma. The COVID had taken over so quickly.”

After about five days in the hospital, Lori was told her husband wasn’t going to make it. But then, according to Shannon, he was given “the stuff they gave the President and that turned the trick.” “The stuff” that Donald Trump received was a monoclonal antibody cocktail from Regeneron.

Nearly five months later, Shannon has returned to work after a miraculous turnaround, but he’s still in the process of recovering, receiving physical therapy three times a week while working a lighter six-innings per game. According to Hummel, it hasn’t been decided if the six-inning schedule for Shannon will continue during the regular season. 

Shannon’s career with the Cardinals began in 1958 when he was signed as a player. He made it to the big leagues in 1962 and enjoyed a nine-year career which included two World Series championships. After retiring from the field, Shannon joined the Cardinals front office, but quickly transitioned to the radio booth alongside Jack Buck in 1972. Nearly a half-century later, Shannon is set to begin his 50th season as a Cardinals radio announcer.

Last summer, during the modified MLB schedule because of COVID,-19, Shannon worked just 27 games for the Cardinals. The 81-year-old broadcaster is expected to call approximately 50 games without travel in what will likely be his final season in the booth.

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Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.

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Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”

Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.

“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”

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Jake Chapman Named Orlando Magic Radio Play-By-Play Voice

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Jake Chapman has been introduced as the new radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Chapman is beginning his 10th overall season with the franchise. He has previously served as the pre-game and post-game host for the team, as well as the radio producer. He joined the club as in intern in 2006 before becoming a producer in 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons Radio Network in 2014 to become its pre-game and post-game host as well as executive producer. He later joined 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network as a producer. He returned to the Magic in 2019.

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Kravitz will serve as co-host for pregame, halftime and postgame. The network pregame show, Magic Tonight, will hit the air 30 minutes prior to tip-off. Magic Tonight is scheduled to premiere on October 11.

96.9 The Game is the radio flagship of the Magic Radio Network.

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Angelo Cataldi Thinks Cris Collinsworth Is A ‘Bozo’

“He goes ‘I think Cris is usually smart in and his analysis is good but…” Hughes said before Cataldi interrupted by shouting “No he’s not! No he’s not!”, he reiterated. “He’s not smart!”

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Some analysis made by Sunday Night Football commentator Cris Collinsworth caught the attention of 94 WIP morning host Angelo Cataldi that sent him over the edge Monday morning.

“Joe Banner ripped Cris Collinsworth last night over something he said about Andy Reid in the game last night,” Rhea Hughes said as she detailed Banner’s criticism. “He goes ‘I worked for Andy Reid for 14 years. Cris Collinsworth just said if there’s anything Andy Reid loves to do it’s pound the football.”

“Oh that’s a total lie! Cris Collinsworth is a bozo!”, Cataldi shouted.

Reid faced heavy criticism at the end of his tenure as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles for his reluctance to run the football. The team routinely finished in the bottom half of the league in rushing yards per game during Reid’s 14 seasons at the helm of the franchise.

“He goes ‘I think Cris is usually smart in and his analysis is good but…” Hughes said before Cataldi interrupted by shouting “No he’s not! No he’s not!”, he reiterated. “He’s not smart!”

“NBC needs to learn he does no work anymore,” Hughes added of Collinsworth.

“Nothing! Stop it! Stop it all of you! Stop it now!”, Cataldi concluded.

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