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OC Register: Matt Vasgersian to become lead voice of Angels’ TV broadcasts

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TEMPE, Ariz. — In all of his years working as a national broadcaster, Matt Vasgersian missed having “my skin in the game.”

That’s what interested Vasgersian in the opportunity to again work for a single team, leading him to become the Angels’ new lead television play-by-play man.

Fox Sports West announced on Thursday that Vasgersian will replace Victor Rojas, who left last year to become president of the Triple-A Frisco Roughriders.

Vasgersian will work alongside Mark Gubicza and Jose Mota, who has been promoted from the pre- and post-game shows to form a three-man booth.

Vasgersian will continue in his role with ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball and with MLB Network, with Daron Sutton filling in with the Angels when Vasgersian is away.

Although his two other jobs will keep him busy, Vasgersian was eager to add a third. It had been 13 years since he worked for a team, in 2008 finishing a seven-year stint with the Padres that followed a five-year run with the Milwaukee Brewers.

“I missed being with a team, rooting a little bit, when you’re working for a club instead of a national rights holder,” Vasgersian said. “The hope is that you appeal to the fan base and you become kind of a friendly voice. You really don’t have that luxury so much doing national games. In fact, sometimes it’s the opposite where you’re an interloper, and you’re kind of intervening on the local discourse.”

Vasgersian, who grew up in Northern California as an Oakland A’s fan in the 1970s, said it will be no problem switching his allegiances.

“When you work for the Angels or the Padres or the Brewers, that’s the brand you’re working for,” he said. “In my mind, it’s always the rabid fan you’re representing. … You’re supposed to root a little bit. That’s a personal philosophy. For me it’ll happen sooner rather than later because I like so many people that are in uniform with the Angels, starting with Joe (Maddon) in the dugout.”

Vasgersian said he’s not sure how many Angels games he’ll be able to do around the schedules with ESPN and MLB Network. He conceded that it’s possible that Sutton might even do more games.

“It’s going to be a jigsaw puzzle with the schedule,” he said.

Vasgersian added that the joggling will be somewhat easier because, at least at the start of the season, he will be broadcasting many of the games from a studio, which became commonplace last year because of the pandemic.

“I don’t shy away from the fact that the studio animal isn’t the same, but it’s still good,” Vasgersian said. “It’s absolutely possible to do a really good broadcast from there.”

Besides his play-by-play work with the Brewers, Padres and ESPN, Vasgersian has been on MLB Network since it debuted in 2009. He has also been the voice of the popular video game, MLB The Show, since its debut in 2006.

When Vasgersian isn’t available, Sutton will be broadcasting the Angels, returning to a team for which he did games on the radio in 2000 and 2001.

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