Braves choose former Georgia Tech voice Brandon Gaudin to follow Chip Caray

AP photo by Hakim Wright Sr. / The Atlanta Braves will have a new play-by-play voice in the broadcast booth this season. Bally Sports announced Thursday that Brandon Gaudin will succeed Chip Caray, who left last month to take over play-by-play duties with the St. Louis Cardinals.

ATLANTA — Brandon Gaudin, the former voice of Georgia Tech broadcasts, was selected as the new play-by-play announcer for the Atlanta Braves on Bally Sports South and Bally Sports Southeast.

Gaudin replaces Chip Caray, who on Jan. 30 was named the television play-by-play voice of the St. Louis Cardinals, following the path set by his grandfather, National Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Caray. Chip is the son of the late Skip Caray, who called Braves games for parts of four decades.

Gaudin has called MLB, NFL, college football and college basketball games for Fox Sports and the Big Ten Network for the past seven years. He has remained an Atlanta resident since calling football, men's basketball and baseball games at Georgia Tech from 2013-16.

A native of Evansville, Indiana, he also serves as the play-by-play voice of the "Madden NFL" video game series for EA Sports, having done so for the past seven editions.

In a Bally Sports release announcing the move Thursday, Gaudin said moving to the broadcast booth with the Braves "is the realization of a childhood dream."

"I get to be behind the mic for the team I grew up idolizing," Gaudin said. "And the team who fostered my love for both sports and broadcasting. I'm grateful to both the Braves and Bally Sports for this incredible opportunity. I cannot wait to work alongside this team and talented broadcast crew."

Jeff Genthner, senior vice president and general manager of Bally Sports South and Bally Sports Southeast, described Gaudin as "the perfect fit for what we were looking for as the new voice of the Atlanta Braves" on the regional networks.

Derek Schiller, the CEO and team president of the Braves, said the franchise has had "a legendary lineup of broadcasters throughout our history and we are excited to find someone who is familiar with our past from growing up a Braves fan and respecting those who came before him."

On Wednesday, Diamond Sports, the parent company of 19 Bally Sports regional networks, skipped about $140 million in interest payments. The missed payments started a 30-day grace period that could be the prelude to a bankruptcy filing.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said Major League Baseball is prepared for whatever happens to the financially troubled company, including taking over production of the broadcasts.

The Braves are currently in spring training in North Port, Florida. Their Grapefruit League schedule will begin Feb. 25 with a game against the Boston Red Sox. The first game on Bally Sports South is a road exhibition against the Tampa Bay Rays on March 10.