Ernie Johnson out of TBS’ MLB postseason coverage due to health issues
Longtime Turner Sports broadcaster Ernie Johnson announced in an emotional message posted to Instagram on Monday morning that he will be unable to take part in the network’s MLB postseason coverage because of complicating health issues.
Johnson, 62, was slated to do play-by-play for the Cleveland Indians-Houston Astros’ ALDS showdown, but issues with blood clots in both his legs will prevent him from air travel.
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“It’s a great time of year, and unfortunately I am not going to be a part of it at TBS,” Johnson said in the video, via the New York Post. “I went to the doctor the other day and had a physical, and they discovered blood clots in both my legs. They advised me against flying and put me on blood thinners. … The best course of action is to just stay grounded at this point, not fly.
“When you are doing the playoffs, there’s a lot of flights in a compressed time, and blood clots are nothing to be messed with. As tough as it is for me to miss baseball’s postseason, it’s the thing for me to do.”
It has been announced that Johnson will be replaced by Boston Red Sox Red Sox play-by-play announcer Don Orsillo for the Indians-Astros series.
Johnson has played a significant role in TBS’ postseason coverage since the network acquired broadcast rights in 2007. The longtime broadcaster will continue anchoring Turner Sports’ wildly popular “Inside the NBA” studio show on TNT amid his health issues.
It goes without saying Johnson is among the most respected sports media personalities in the business. There is no doubt his colleagues — not to mention his many fans and admirers — are pulling for him to have a complete and total recovery.