10/03/2004 8:23 PM ET
A new Caray joins broadcast team
Braves welcome Chip, son of broadcaster Skip
CHICAGO -- Skip Caray won't be the only member of the legendary Caray family in the Braves' broadcasting booth next season.
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
Chip Caray, the son of Braves Hall of Fame broadcaster Skip Caray and the grandson of Harry Caray, will be announced as the newest member of the Braves broadcast team on Monday afternoon.
"This is a very wonderful day for me," said Chip, who has been a part of the Cubs' broadcasting team for the past seven years. "I'm very excited about getting to work with my father again. I think he's excited. But he doesn't let his emotions out."
The elder Caray, Pete Van Wieren and Joe Simpson will return to broadcast Braves games next season. Don Sutton's future in Atlanta remains in doubt as he continues to negotiate a contract for next year.
"We expect all four of our current announcers to return next year," said Braves senior vice president of public relations Greg Hughes.
While Chip isn't sure exactly what his duties will be, he's excited about the opportunity to reunite with his father. He learned the trade from him and even spent some time working close to him, while broadcasting Braves games on Sports South from 1991-92.
"I'm going to be able to get to know my dad again and learn from my dad," Skip said. "I'm very grateful to Turner Sports for giving me this opportunity."
With his contract set to expire at the end of this season, the Braves approached Skip about this possibility. The fact that he can be reunited with his father and mother in Atlanta along with the fact that the Braves train in his hometown of Orlando, made the decision an easy one for him.
"I look at it like I'm coming home again," Chip said. "That's something you don't often get the opportunity to do in this business."
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.