Braves broadcasters will join fans in the stands for a game next week

Play-by-play announcer Chip Caray (left) was joined by Tom Glavine (middle) and Jeff Francoeur for a 2019 telecast from the outfield stands at Truist Park (then named SunTrust Park). Caray and Francoeur again will broadcast from that spot for the Braves' May 26 game against the Phillies. (Bally Sports photo).

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Play-by-play announcer Chip Caray (left) was joined by Tom Glavine (middle) and Jeff Francoeur for a 2019 telecast from the outfield stands at Truist Park (then named SunTrust Park). Caray and Francoeur again will broadcast from that spot for the Braves' May 26 game against the Phillies. (Bally Sports photo).

Make room in the bleachers for Braves broadcasters Chip Caray and Jeff Francoeur.

They are scheduled to call a game next week from the right-field stands at Truist Park, rather than from their customary perch in the TV booth behind home plate.

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“It’ll be a fun way to call a game – out there among the fans, interacting with them,” Caray said. “It’s certainly a different perspective for us, just watching the ball fly. It breaks the monotony of going to the same office every day, and that’s not to knock the office.”

Play-by-play announcer Caray and analyst Francoeur will work Thursday night’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies, the finale of a four-game series, on Bally Sports Southeast from a temporary broadcast space that will be set up amid the seats in front of the Chop House.

It’ll be the third time that Caray and Francoeur broadcast a game from the Truist Park stands. They did so twice during the 2019 season and remember the experience fondly.

“We had Nick Markakis (then the Braves’ right fielder) throwing balls to fans in the stands and playing catch with Jeff between innings,” Caray said.

Caray recalled that his grandfather, the late great baseball broadcaster Harry Caray, used to occasionally call games from the bleachers in Chicago. Chip Caray also called a game from the left-field stands at Wrigley Field when he was the Cubs’ play-by-play announcer.

“It’s a different way of getting the job done, a different way to look at the game,” Caray said. “What’s so cool about it is seeing the fans get into it.”

Bally Sports Southeast plans to schedule special guests to join Caray and Francoeur for parts of Thursday’s telecast, which the network is dubbing “Baseball from the Bleachers.” During their two 2019 telecasts from the stands, Caray and Francoeur were joined by Tom Glavine for one game and Chipper Jones for the other.

Before returning to Truist Park for a four-game series against the Phillies beginning Monday, the Braves will play a three-game series at Miami this weekend. All three games against the Marlins will be televised on Bally Sports Southeast, with Caray, Francoeur and Brian Jordan in the booth.