Feb 27, 2023; North Port, Florida, USA; a general view of the stadium before the start of a game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Atlanta Braves during spring training at CoolToday Park. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves broadcasts in Bally Sports South in 2023 were already going to sound different, but the changes are more extensive than expected.

On Monday, Bally Sports announced the team’s broadcasters for the 2023 season. In addition to new play by play broadcaster Brandon Gaudin, Tom Glavine returns as an analyst after stepping away in 2022, and Jeff Francoeur continues as the lead game analyst.

Two notable omissions from the analyst lineup were Paul Byrd and Brian Jordan. Justin Toscano of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Byrd “is stepping away for personal reasons,” while Jordan “chose not to return” this season.

Byrd’s departure is surprising and seems sudden. Just a week ago, Bally Sports South mentioned that he’d be hosting a Braves season preview show, which premiered last Thursday.

UPDATE: Byrd announced that he is taking the season off to help his wife recover from a medical issue, and that he hopes to return in 2024.

Kelly Crull also returns as a game reporter on Braves broadcasts, and will be joined by Lauren Jbara, known for her work with the Hawks on Bally Sports South.

As for shoulder programming. Treavor Scales returns as the main host for Braves LIVE, with Crull, Jbara, and Ashley ShahAhmadi (known for her work with the Hornets on Bally Sports South) filling in. Analysts include Gordon Beckham, Nick Green (who will also serve as a game analyst and reporter), Peter Moylan, and newcomer Kris Medlen.

[Bally Sports]

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