Various media outlets are reporting that former sideline reporter Debra Taylor has been promoted to the broadcast booth for the National's 2012 season. In announcing the news, Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos told reporters that he's exited to see Taylor bring her intellectual style and insight to the Nat's MASN broadcasts. "When she asked Rick Ankiel the other night if he was looking for a certain pitch before hitting two homers in the same game and he had to dig deep and show our viewers a different side of him by telling that he was looking for a pitch to drive, I knew that we had found our new Carpenter. Asking later if he thought winning game one could set the tone for a series was just the icing on top"
Not much is yet known about Bob Carpenter's departure but rumors have been heard that he spoke with the MASN production team before a recent game against the Mets about his contract status. "All I wanted was a conversation about having my option for next year picked up," Carpenter said when reached for comment. "Later before the game I told them that I'm too old to be treated like this and I wanted a conversation." A source says after the laughter died down, Carpenter was informed that he was being optioned to the minors. Carpenter continued "At first I thought it would be fun to do some radio work for Auburn, then I was informed I would be joining an officiating crew for the New York-Penn League. No biggie, if you've listened to me for five minutes, you know I can call balls and strikes better than most. They have pitch track up there, right?"
Taylor's new duties will involve feeding FP weenies such as "How good of a hitter is Ryan Zimmerman?" or "Do you think Reyes will be bunting with the bases loaded and two outs?" as well as rythmically "mmhmm"ing to his baseball related statements. Unconfirmed reports have MASN producers in talks with former National's firstbaseman Nick Johnson as a potential replacement for Taylor, possibly stemming from his extensive sideline experience.