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Sutton set to return to the booth

POSTED: January 27, 2009 7:20 p.m.

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves will have a familiar name and voice back in their radio booth this season.

Don Sutton is returning to the Braves' radio broadcast team after spending the last two seasons working on Washington Nationals' television broadcasts.

Sutton, a Hall of Fame pitcher, worked for 18 seasons as a member of the Braves' broadcast crew with Ernie Johnson, Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray, Joe Simpson and others.

Caray died in August and Van Wieren retired after the season.

Sutton will be paired with Jim Powell, who spent the last 13 seasons on the Milwaukee Brewers' broadcast team.

Sutton won 324 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston, Milwaukee and California. He retired after the 1987 season and was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1998.

"I have always loved the Braves, the city of Atlanta and the fans," Sutton said. "It feels like returning home for me and my family. Radio is such a big part of the Braves history, that I approach this with great respect and admiration. Every time I sit behind the microphone I will be reminded of how much I will always owe Ernie, Skip and Pete."

Braves executive director of sales and marketing Derek Schiller said Sutton and Powell "can continue the great broadcasting tradition here at the Braves."

Powell is a Roswell native and University of Georgia alumnus.



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