Josh Lewin

Does Josh Lewin have a role with WOR?

Capital New York says Jeff Wilpon and the Mets prefer to have an ex-player join Howie Rose – instead of Josh Lewin — in the WOR radio booth this season, according to people familiar with the process.

Lewin, who joined Rose in 2012, said on WFAN in early January that he expects to eventually work things out with WOR.

It was reported last week that the team’s new radio home will soon speak with Cliff Floyd and Darryl Hamilton about joining the broadcast (Puma, Jan. 20).

WOR has yet to announce their Mets broadcast team for 2014, despite being a few weeks away from the start of Spring Training.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Think what you want, but I plan to wait and see how this plays out before judging. Maybe Lewin will be back, but in a different role? Maybe he does more pre- and post-game, essentially replacing Ed Coleman, who is rumored to be staying with WFAN? Or, because of how much time Lewin and Rose miss due to NFL and NHL work, maybe the booth will rotate and require less of a commitment from each personality?

I like Lewin. I hope he’s back. I think he and Howie are good together, they’re authentic and bring a common, every-day fan feel to the broadcast that the TV guys do not. It’s two different types of broadcasts. If I want to learn and listen to top-notch analysis, I go to Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez. If I want to capture what it’s like to watch the game with other Mets fans, I go to Lewin and Rose. I hope the Mets see it the same way…


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46 comments
Orlando Fernandez
Orlando Fernandez

I like the chemistry between Lewin & Ross. I'm a fan of your team's radio team not taking themselves too seriously, having a sense of humor. It's a long season. My favorite radio team growing up was Murph and Gary Thorn. No one, including Cohen, had the connection Thorn had with Murph. 


That said, if Josh stays, I'd like to see him improve his play by play. He does not give the score or relay the situation often enough during his innings.His attention to detail -- e.g., relaying outfield alignment in key situations -- is lacking. Probably a result of his work on TV. I think that's important when you're doing radio, and he misses the boat on that.  

sheamezz23
sheamezz23

I'm not happy with the station choice but understand it. But Jeff's meddling in the radio side after repeatedly butchering the player side is sad...probably a nice guy but has foot in mouth disease. He wouldn't know a good radio guy if he fell on him/her, just like his judgment in players...Sad. Maybe we SHOULD all stay away till they sell the team???

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

I really don't care WHO the Mets have on their new crappy Political Right Wing Talk- WOR  radio station. WOR does not broadcast on FM or HD radio. . .How low can you go. . as far as broadcast is concerned WOR is a step in the wrong direction.

90ormore
90ormore

Maybe WOR is looking for a little diversity in their broadcast team. When is the last time the Mets had a full-time nonwhite announcer on either radio or TV?

joebloe
joebloe

Cerrone you continue to baffle the world of rational thinkers...who cares if Josh Lewin is back, he has broadcast Mets games for all of two crappy years, and never played the game, seriously. No one cares if he's back or not. Just be happy we don;t have any of the Yankees broadcasters.

SomeHighSchoolKid
SomeHighSchoolKid

Forget ex-players. Get someone who knows how to broadcast a game!

Chris Biehl
Chris Biehl

Vital part of mets culture??? Put down the crack pipe

Joseph Lewis
Joseph Lewis

To replace Lewin with an untested, inexperienced voice would be a real shame. Now, if they wanted Cliff Floyd, who I really like the idea of coming into the radio booth, to join Howie AND Josh, then I think it would be an interesting and fun listen.

Rob Lane
Rob Lane

Josh Lewin is a tremendous baseball announcer and a vital part of the culture of the NY Mets. I'll be very angry if he doesn't come back...

Greg Nicholls
Greg Nicholls

I really like Josh and you could tell he really likes calling games for the Mets. He is very prepared and I like the level of excitement he reaches on big plays.

I didn't mind Hagin...but Josh is so much better...and meshes well with Howie.

What r they doing?

Söze, Keyser
Söze, Keyser

With Jeff Wilpon involved, don't be surprised if Matt Millen is the next Mets radio guy.

With Jeffy, just remember, its always darkest just before it goes pitch black.

oddmanrush
oddmanrush

If Lewin doesn't get the job, I doubt he would stay to work a pregame or postgame. Like him or not, he's above that. He would most likely find another team.

Mickey Jennifer Wind
Mickey Jennifer Wind

don't care.  the radio team has no impact on winning and losing.  I think that having a former player in the booth would be cool though.

Dennis Sweeney
Dennis Sweeney

If anyone wants to hear bad radio, just listen to John and Susan on the Yankee games. It makes Howie and Josh hall of fame announcers...

Mud Flap
Mud Flap

When I first heard Josh, I was shocked that he had such an obvious speech issue (his lisp). I mean, I am a radio announcer, my wife is a speech therapist, so it's the first thing I noticed the first time I heard him. Within a couple innings, however, I was totally past that, very much engrossed in the content he was delivering. I quickly became a fan, and would hate to lose him from the radio broadcasts, which is how I generally keep up with my Mets down here in South Carolina. 


Come on - have any of you heard Colin Cowherd? THAT guy has a speech issue. And, love him or hate him, he's obviously very successful. I hope Josh stays for a very long time.

mets2891
mets2891

I wouldn't mind Cliff Floyd.  As long as they keep Howie.

Mike
Mike

If the Mets brought in Bobby Bonilla to the broadcast booth, would they have to pay him?

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

He has an awful lisp, I'm sure that's a primary reason why they're considering either letting him go or limiting his role.  Aside from that he's a quality announcer.  Of course he could play first base, can't be any worse than Ike.

chez1er
chez1er

Howie used to be a great radio announcer before he did TV and forgot how to properly describe the action.  Too often he speaks as if you can see what he sees.  Lewin and Howie both do this constantly: FASTBALL!...and after 3 more seconds we get to find out what the result of that fastball is.  And I can deal with it...but the Lewin and Howie comedy hour, complete with dated op culture references is really hard to take.  Sometimes they are so amused with each other they forget to announce the game.  Lewin has made Howie much worse.  Get him back in with a nuts and bolts guy who isn't constantly trying to prove he is a Mets historian and lets talk about the game at hand.

bigdirty
bigdirty

As long as howie is on the radio an dteh sny booth stays teh same, I am not too worried. I liked Lewin but I have heard hamilton and floyd on tv and they are pretty good. 

11gilkey
11gilkey

I rarely if ever listen to the radio broadcast, but I find it funny that Jeff is trying to fix something that apparently is not broken.  But the team, which has been broken for years, he does nothing about.  So Mets. 

shinjoooo
shinjoooo

Maybe they should try him out in the OF.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

Lewin is decent enough but the guy was there what a couple years now and is overall pretty bland. Keep him, lose him, blah. Who cares? Cliff Floyd is intriguing.

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

if Lewin was bad that would be somthing else but he and Howie worked well together . I like to see either Hammy or Cliff as announcers but that is if Lewin did not want to come back but i think its wrong for them to dismiss him on what basis?

Gary Martinez
Gary Martinez

Invite him to spring training. He can easily be our shortstop

fedupfan13
fedupfan13

Out of all the capital New York articles to reference Cerrone picks this one? How about the countless ones explaining why the Mets can't afford a big league roster?

Snake Doctor
Snake Doctor

The Howie Rose - Josh Lewin team is as close to perfect. I don't get why they are ruining a well regarded team. If the Mets are losing 12-0, I'd tune the game just to hear these two go wild with the fun pop culture references that are still relevant to the sport (or the bad game being played).  

Mike Dupp
Mike Dupp

And why didn't they rehire Eddie Coleman. Poor old guy does his job for years and tossed like yesterday's paper.

Mike Dupp
Mike Dupp

Josh is great, at least he'd closer to the younger generation of mets fans under 30. This organization is so out of touch its a joke.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Josh and Howie made a great team. Is there any law about a third person in the booth?  And while we're on the subject, anybody know whatever happened to Steve Zabriske?

mets1962
mets1962

Fully agree about bring back Lewin. both he and Howie give plenty of analysis. No need for a player in the booth.

Will DeBoer
Will DeBoer

Gotta have the duel play-by-play men. Howie's the current Voice of the Mets, Josh is the next generation. Get him the practice and grooming now so when Howie retires it'll be a seamless transition!

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@Dennis Sweeney John Sterling is the worst announcer in the history of baseball, there's really no arguing that fact.  If he can't find the ball, he just makes the play up.  


Suzyn Waldman's voice makes nails on a blackboard sound like tantric relaxation music.  I often wonder what she sounds like in the heat of passion.  They could use a recording of her screams to torture prisoners at rendition camps.  

strato
strato

Lighten up, man. Listening to the game broadcast by these two guys is fun, like watching a game with two somewhat goofy friends. Screw the nuts and bolts of the game-spoiler alert- the Mets are going to lose.

fatherflot
fatherflot

@Snake Doctor Yep, they are THE TWO GOOFIEST DADS AT THE BAR MITZVAH.  In extra innings or blowouts they sound like they've finished the Manischewitz.  This was the only thing, for me, that made these last two seasons bearable.

Mike Dupp
Mike Dupp

Yep so hilarious hearing those two try to be hip lol

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

@Mike Dupp He works for WFAN, not the Mets.  He'll still be the Mets beat reporter on WFAN, he just won't host he pregame show anymore.

11gilkey
11gilkey

@Kenneth Meltsner I always wonder that myself.  I grew up with Zabriske calling games in the 80s.  Great voice!