Ever since he was forced into retirement last week because of injuries, you knew that today was the day Gregg Zaun was looking forward to. He reached a deal with Rogers Sportsnet that will see him work as a studio analyst for Blue Jays games on Rogers Sportsnet. As he put it, he feels like he is coming home. Zaun played in Toronto for five seasons from 2004-2008 and he also got his start in broadcasting with Sportsnet. He has worked part-time as a playoff analyst for Sportsnet the past few seasons. We will mainly see Zaun on Sportsnet’s Blue Jays pregame show, Jays Connected, on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. He will work on that show alongside host Jamie Campbell and reporter/insider Shi Davidi. Zaun will also work 24 games as an analyst on The Fan 590’s Jays broadcasts.
Sportsnet made two very good hires to improve their studio show this offseason in Davidi and Zaun. Both should be an improvement on the rotation of analysts that were on it last year. It would be nice if Sportsnet continues the “hotstove” segment with various baseball writers though. Also, as much as I have criticized Campbell in the past, I think he is an extremely good studio host. He also had worked well with Zaun in the past and has sounded good calling alpine skiing for Sportsnet this winter. Sportsnet take note, Campbell is a very good studio analyst (hint, hint: there are 500 days to the London Olympics).
Quote from Rob Corte, vice president, production, Rogers Sportsnet
We are excited to have Gregg back on the team. His knowledge of the game and candid analysis makes him a must-watch for baseball fans. The pairing of Zaun and Jamie Campbell has drawn great reviews in the past, and we look to continue that success going forward
Quote from Gregg Zaun
Sportsnet is exactly where I saw myself landing after life in the major leagues. This network is where I always wanted to be and I couldn’t be more ecstatic. It’s like coming home.
Farber Takes Leave of Absence
Sports Illustrated senior hockey writer Michael Farber is taking a leave of absence from his work at Sports Illustrated and TSN due to medical issues. Farber is a regular contributor to Sports Illustrated as their main hockey writer, and he is also appears on TSN The Reporters on Sunday morning. I hope that nothing is too wrong with Michael and that he can get better and back to work soon. He is one of my favourite hockey writers.