With rumors floating that Steve Stone will be leaving the White Sox as their TV color analyst, I started to think who would be a good replacement to be Ken "Hawk" Harrelson's partner. After much deliberation, I came up with two candidates. Those candidates are current Pre/Post Game host Chris Rongey of WSCR 670 and former centerfielder/ 05 WS Champ Aaron Rowand.
Rongey has hinted before in interviews that he would love to get into the broadcast booth. During Spring Training, Rongey has done a mix of play by play and color on radio and online. Rongey's knowledge of the White Sox and has ability to relate to fans would make him a great choice. Hawk would also accept Rongey in the booth. Rongey would bring his own insight, while also adding some youth to the broadcast.
Aaron Rowand filled in for Darrin Jackson during the Yankees series as the color analyst on radio. In a short sample size, Rowand did a excellent job. Rowand is loved by White Sox fans and still has a big following her in Chicago. He loves Chicago and would bring that former players perspective to the broadcast. Rowand is a knowledgeable ball player and a good speaker. Ken Williams has said on numerous occasions, Rowand was the hardest player he ever traded away. Rowand was always known as a "grinder". He would a be a good fit for the Sox as they have a tradition of bringing former players back into the organization.
Whether it's Rongey or Rowand, I think Hawk would accept either of them. Hawk is a strong personality much like Steve Stone. With Stone, Hawk sometimes seemed threatened by his presence. Stone, ultimately, seemed tired of Hawk's perspective on the game. Hawk is the ultimate fan and takes things very hard. I think both Rowand or Rongey could handle Hawk. Either of these two candidates could gel well for a excellent broadcast.
As of right now, Steve Stone is still under contract. I highly doubt he returns though. The Sox would be wise to either add Chris Rongey or Aaron Rowand to the broadcast. It will be interesting to see what direction the Sox go, but these are my top two choices.
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