Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Broadcaster Mark Patrick Still on XM Radio Payroll?

Baseball commentator Mark Patrick -- formerly co-host with Buck Martinez on XM Radio's "Baseball This Morning" daily talk show -- is believed by a former network insider to be equivalently collecting pay from the satellite network while he contemplates options to return to broadcasting.

Having abruptly departed from XM last November, the former Fox sports radio personality is being paid through the period when catchers and pitchers report to big league training camps in Florida and Arizona next month. The prearranged contractual agreement likely will have been discontinued by the time major league exhibition games begin in March, according to speculation.

Ironically, Patrick's departure from XM came at a time when he and Martinez -- a former manager and 17-year major league catcher -- had developed an outstanding chemistry and were gaining the attention of a small but devoted following. Martinez remains with the network and also broadcasts for ESPN.

Patrick -- a former batboy for the Triple A Indianapolis Indians -- could not be reached for comment.

Though he has often been assailed for his ego, Patrick remains among the most talented and buoyant voices in sports broadcasting, with a broad range of knowledge, experience, grace under pressure and other divergent gifts.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

I miss Mark Patrick on Baseball this Morning, and find I don't listen in nearly as often.

Anonymous said...

I don't listen to MLB Homeplate on XM at all anymore. The powers to be really messed things up.

Anonymous said...

They sure did.

hutchjohn33 said...

Yeah, I listened to the show pretty much since it started on XM. I'm going to miss the Powerlocks!

Anonymous said...

Do I hear the bus warming up ?

Anonymous said...

While Mark Patrick had some irritating habits (for example, Western Time), he and Buck were an outstanding team. The clowns on the show now would be better on Entertainment Tonight than on a baseball forum.

Anonymous said...

I was unable to use my XM radai for about 43 months and came back to find a very diluted and disappointing product -- what happened to Buck and the Big Chair?

Anonymous said...

That was 3- 4 months not 43 months -- my bad

Anonymous said...

I used to listen to Baseball This Morning every day. Now I only listen long enough to hear "Around the league in 90 seconds." And don't even get me started on that awful Hotstove program.
Mark did have an arrogance about him, but I grew to like him. If you emailed the show, he would send a personal response. How many hosts do that?

Anonymous said...

I don't listen nearly as often since Mark and Buck have left. I hate Billy Ripken, talk about big egos!!!

Anonymous said...

I agree with the crowd. The morning show now is no different from the trash you hear on ESPN radio or anywhere else.

I can hardly stand to listen to it anymore.

Anonymous said...

I fully agree with previous posts. I'll hold off on renewing my XM subscription until I hear Buck & the Big Chair back in the air.

Anonymous said...

I don't know what happened, but I have stopped listening to MLB....I will follow the games, but Buck and Mark were the best!!!!

Anonymous said...

I am not happy with xm. I miss mark and buck in the morning. Big mistake.

Anonymous said...

I'm as disappointed in the happenings regarding XM's Baseball This Morning as the rest of you, but I must admit a couple of the new guys - Joel Schurman and Casey Stern - are growing on me. Especially Schurman; he provides some thought-provoking material. Unlike some of the old-school jockeys they still employ (Kushner, Joyce).

Anonymous said...

Mark and Buck were the perfect blend for baseball fans to begin the morning. MLB on XM is now like every other bad local sports radio show with unknowlegable radio personalities.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, we need 'em back! The other guys are fine, but put them on later in the day. Mark and Buck get the morning going well.

Anonymous said...

I went from listening every morning to not even putting the channel on anymore, the bib chair and Buck were a great team.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe I am the first one that I will read to say this.......I can't tell you how many times I turned off XM because of Mark Patrick. The only reason I would listen is for Buck, he is a truly genuine individual and personally I can't believe he dealt with Mark Patrick for three years or however long they worked together. The only time Patrick was ever really tolerable on a day to day basis was when Larry Bowa was with the trio to keep him in check, which he did. Once Bowa left, it was just too much of his conceded condecending, sp???, attitude, it was intolerable!!

I don't however argue with some of your opinions regarding XM's new programming. Mr. Kushner and Mr. Castellano need to go be a sidekicks an interviewers. They flat out suck. Just give us the information, not your stupid opinions on every little story.


Ya'll have a good night.

Mike

Anonymous said...

I knew Mark Patrick years ago and whenever I happened to run into him he was ALWAYS friendly. He made my Mom feel like a VIP during a visit to WISH 8 with a tour group. What some may see as ego is just a knowledge and a love of sports.

Anonymous said...

Mark Patrick is broadcasting everyday from 3:00pm to 7:00PM on WNDE 1260 in Indianapolis