No decisions have been made but White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson said Friday he’s thinking about a reduction in his workload for next season.
A broadcaster since 1975, including 24 straight seasons as the White Sox play-by-play man, Harrelson told WSCR-670 AM he’s considering the change because he hopes to spend more time with his family. Harrelson, 72, commutes two hours each way to U.S. Cellular Field from his home in Granger, Ind to call the team’s home games. He also calls roughly 75 road games per season and some spring training contests as well.
Though Harrelson declined further comment to reporters on Friday night, a White Sox spokesperson issued a statement.
“Similar to past seasons, after the 2014 season ends, Hawk will talk with his family and members of the White Sox front office and a collective decision will be made in terms of his 2015 schedule, which could be no change or altering his schedule,” the team said.
In all, Harrelson has spent 30 seasons in the White Sox broadcast booth. The iconic announcer’s first stint ended in 1985 when he became the team’s general manager. Harrelson played nine seasons in the majors from 1963-71 and was an All-Star with the Boston Red Sox in 1968.
“I have a 10-year-old and 7-year-old playing ball in South Bend, and I am missing a lot of it,” Harrelson told The Score. “If I told you I was not thinking about (cutting back), I would be lying. I am thinking about it. I have not made a decision, but it will be one that my family will help me with. I really don’t want to miss my grandkids growing up. They are old enough now to know I am known by a lot of people and they really kind of like that.”