Since he joined the San Francisco Giants broadcast booth in 2004, Dave Flemming along with Jon Miller, Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow have formed one of the best local announcing teams in baseball. At age 38, he’s considered to be one of the best young announcers in the industry. And throughout his career with the Giants, he’s added various gigs to his resume including being the radio voice of Stanford football and basketball and calling football for the Pac-12 Networks.
In 2010, Flemming began working for ESPN calling Pac-12, Big 12 and West Coast Conference college basketball, college football and NBA on ESPN Radio. Just this weekend, Flemming was teamed with Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson on the Kansas-Oklahoma State game on ESPN.
According to Bay Area Sports Guy and confirmed by Flemming himself, he’ll be with the Giants for the foreseeable future having signed a new contract with the team that begins this season. And the kicker will be that it allows him to expand his role with ESPN. Flemming tells the website that it allows him to work more events for the Worldwide Leader while working fewer games for the Giants:
“The only way my Giants role is changing is I will be doing slightly fewer Giants games. ESPN wants me for a lot of stuff so all of us worked hard to find a good balance. I will probably end up doing around 130 Giants games give or take and I will continue to do some MLB, the Little League World Series, and college football and basketball for ESPN. So I will be very busy, but I’m happy with the way it has worked out, it isn’t easy to get two broadcast entities to work together and so I give the Giants and ESPN a lot of credit for figuring out how this can work. And I’m thrilled to be with the Giants.”
Flemming joined the Giants at age 26 after three seasons with the Triple A Pawtucket Red Sox (teamed at the time with current Tampa Bay Rays announcer Andy Freed) and has had a rather meteoric rise since then. He’s well-liked by Giants fans who have listened to him call some of the team’s biggest moments including Barry Bonds’ 755th home run, Matt Cain’s perfect game and the final out of the 2012 World Series.
The Giants have experience dealing with an announcer working for the team and ESPN simultaneously. Jon Miller was once the voice of Sunday Night Baseball from 1990 through 2010 and called 13 World Series on ESPN Radio.
It’s good to see Flemming get more national work and also continue his role with the Giants with Miller.