Although the Los Angeles Dodgers didn’t participate in the 2022 World Series, they were represented by the voice of their team, Joe Davis.
The Dodgers play-by-play man was slated to call the World Series this past offseason when took over for Joe Buck as the lead MLB voice at Fox Sports. It was the first time in more than two decades that the Fall Classic was not called by Buck, who is now working for ESPN.
Davis made his debut as the new voice of the World Series alongside first-ballot Hall of Famer John Smoltz as the Houston Astros hosted the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 1 at Minute Made Park.
The Astros ended up defeating the Phillies in six games with Davis on the call for every one of them. After its completion, Davis expressed his gratitude on Instagram for the opportunity to fulfill his dream of calling the World Series.
Davis called games throughout the postseason and received praise for his work, most notably for his call during Bryce Harper’s home run in the National League Championship Series that sent the Phillies to the World Series.
While Davis had the challenge of replacing the late Hall of Famer Vin Scully with the Dodgers, he passed the test with flying colors. However, the World Series presents a different challenge as the most watched games of the season that get remembered forever.
But Davis has proven himself worthy of the opportunity, and before the World Series began, Buck expressed his confidence in Davis while offering words of encouragement and support.
It has been a quick rise for the 34-year-old Michigan native who began his baseball broadcast career after graduating college by calling games for the Montgomery Biscuits, the Double-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, and he should continue to thrive as the voice of baseball for years to come.
Joe Davis had concern of being perceived as biased if Dodgers played in World Series
If the Dodgers advanced to the NLCS, Davis would have announced games for the team he spent the last six months with, but L.A. was upset by San Diego and sent into the offseason earlier than anticipated.
While Davis has called Dodgers playoff games for Fox in the past, he was especially concerned over the possibility of L.A. advancing to the World Series and being accused of favoritism.
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