Atlanta Braves new sideline reporter Kelly Crull replaces Kelsey Wingert for Fox Sports

Originally posted Thursday, February 20, 2020 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Fox Sports has hired Kelly Crull to replace Kelsey Wingert as an in-game correspondent for Atlanta Braves games.

Crull had a similar on-air role at NBC Sports Chicago, covering games for the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Blackhawks, and Chicago Bulls. She previously covered the San Diego Padres for Fox Sports San Diego and the Oklahoma City Thunder for Fox Sports Oklahoma.

Yesterday, The Athletic broke the news of Wingert's departure. And they noted that "the timing of the decision is unusual, given that spring training is already underway and Braves president and CEO Derek Schiller said last month that there would be no changes to the team's broadcast lineup."

Play-by-play announcer Chip Caray (season 17) along with in-game analysts Jeff Francouer (season four), Tom Glavine (ninth season) and Joe Simpson (29 seasons) are all slated to return. Glavine and Simpson won't be at every game.

Paul Byrd - along with Cruell - will also be an in-game reporter. The former MLB pitcher marks his eighth season in that role.

The Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southeast networks are set to air eight spring training games and 156 regular season games this year.

Wingert, an LSU grad, joined the Braves four years ago and has also been host for Braves Live pre-game and post-game shows.