Video: Mike “Doc” Emrick joins the Pirates’ radio booth

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On Thursday, Hall of Fame hockey broadcaster Mike “Doc” Emrick joined the Pirates’ radio booth and called some of the spring training action. MLB.com has video:

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Emrick is a big Pirates fan. During the broadcast, he said, “You know, I gotta divorce myself from cheering.”

Having done neither, I would imagine it’s difficult to call one sport and then try to do the same with another because you get used to processing information at a certain speed. Hockey is very fast-paced, so you have to inform the listener quickly and accurately. Baseball is much more slow-paced and I’d imagine can be a bit uncomfortable to feel like you have to fill in all of the moments where nothing is happening. Emrick sounded like a natural, which isn’t surprising given his resume.

Emrick will also call a few innings on the Root Sports telecast on March 9 when the Pirates take on the Red Sox.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.