It was supposed to be a milestone for Dan McLaughlin, his silver jubilee season behind the microphone doing the Cardinals televised play-by-play.
But 2023 won’t be his 25th year in that role, as it would be his 26th season working on Cards telecasts, which is now Bally Sports Midwest.
McLaughlin, who was arrested on Dec. 4 for a third DUI count that is considered a “persistent” offense, is leaving by mutual decision, McLaughlin, BSM and Cardinals officials said Thursday.
“Dan McLaughlin will not be returning as the Cardinals televsion play-by-play announcer for Bally Sports Midwest,” the team and broadcaster said in a joint statement. “Dan has been the voice of memorable Cardinals moments for 24 years. We thank him for his service to Cardinals baseball, Cardinals fans and his many charitable endeavors.”
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McLaughlin worked at the ball club under a separate deal from his Bally Sports Midwest arrangement.
He made his own statement regarding the created situation.
“I’ve spent the last few days thinking about my health and the steps I’m taking for the well-being of myself and my family,” he said. “I have come to the conclusion that my only focus should be on my recovery, which I have begun, and my wife and (four) children.
“As a result, I am stepping down from my duties at Bally Sports Midwest,” he added. “Thank you to all the people of Bali for their support over the years and I wish them all the best. I ask for your patience and privacy while I move on. Thank you. God bless”:
He said he would not have any additional comments.
He was previously suspended from St. Louis University men’s basketball broadcasts on BSM until December. It has now been decided that he will not return to that role either. Scott Warman, who filled in last week, will have the remainder of that schedule.
McLaughlin barely kept his job after his second arrest in 2011, 13 months after the first. He knew he was lucky to be alive and said he realized he couldn’t make another big mistake.
“This is the last chance as it gets, absolutely,” he said at the time.
Jack Donovan, general manager of Bally Sports Midwest, was also McLaughlin’s boss when he was previously arrested. Donovan was instrumental in the host’s comeback both times, and after the second one said, “Obviously, it’s a very serious issue.”
Donovan was unavailable for comment Thursday.
Last week, when the latest incident came to light, McLaughlin said he was “deeply remorseful” for his actions.
“No excuses,” McLaughlin told the Post-Dispatch. “I’m dealing with this and I’m looking for the treatment I need.”
His next court appearance on his latest charge, stemming from his Dec. 4 arrest in Creve Kerr, is set for Feb. 7 at the St. Louis County Justice Center.
McLaughlin, 48, rose quickly in the sports broadcasting business, going from an intern at KMOX (1120 AM) in the 1990s to working on the “Cards” pregame TV show for one season before moving to the booth on a limited basis in 1999. becoming the club’s only television play-by-play broadcaster seven years ago.
It’s possible McLaughlin could be back with BSM or the ball club in some capacity. However, a spokeswoman for Bally Sports Midwest said a nationwide search will be conducted to find a replacement in the booth.
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