With the Mets changing radio broadcasters next season, there would be a good chance that changes would be made on some level. One such change will be that a new person will be doing play-by-play for the Mets as Josh Lewin confirmed on Twitter that he will be announcing an “exciting new opportunity” and will not return to the Mets.
Hey guys, I understand there's a report out there about my leaving the Mets. Can't tell you details yet because my contract isn't signed yet, but i will indeed announce an exciting new opportunity for me and my family soon. It's all good, I promise. Thanks much
— Josh Lewin (@joshlewinstuff) November 17, 2018
Lewin was paired with Howie Rose for the past six seasons and the two had a highly respected partnership. News of Lewin not returning to the Mets booth made people unhappy as one of the better broadcast pairings won’t be back.
New York Daily News reporter Bob Raissman first reported that Lewin would be out. The Daily News also reported that WFAN’s Mark Chernoff, with approval from the Mets, came up with the decision to remove Lewin. The Mets were on WOR-AM for five years and will move to WCBS-AM in 2019. WCBS and WFAN are both owned by Entercom.
While it seems like the move was initiated by Chernoff and Entercom, Lewin was able to turn a suspected negative into a positive. According to New York Post’s Andrew Marchand, Lewin took himself out of consideration for the Mets and took a job that he claims is better for his family. In addition, Marchand reported that Chernoff, who hired Lewin in the job while the Mets were on WFAN in the first place, is believed to have helped Lewin obtain this unspecified new position.
“Earlier this week, I removed myself from consideration as part of the Mets’ radio team,” Lewin told The Post. “Instead I will be accepting an offer away from New York, with details coming as soon as the contracts get signed.”
A replacement is unknown at this time. Pre and postgame host Wayne Randazzo is a name floated around but depending on who you read, Randazzo may or may not be an option. The Daily News has Randazzo not stepping in for the job while the Post believes Randazzo is a “leading candidate.”