Casey Stern said to get Mets radio gig

Casey Stern on the Artie Lange Show. (via youtube)
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Multiple sources have confirmed to Capital that Casey Stern, of MLB Network and Sirius/XM Radio, is expected to be the new pregame and postgame host for New York Mets radio broadcasts on WOR-AM this season.

The news comes as a welcome addition to the report earlier Tuesday evening that the Mets had settled on Howie Rose and Josh Lewin, the popular two-man booth who'd called Mets games for the past two years.

This comes despite the fact that, as reported here, Mets COO Jeff Wilpon actively considered shaking up the broadcast team, having visited WOR no fewer than four times in a one-month span.

The three men have a good bit in common, not least of which is a lifelong affinity for the New York Mets.

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Wilpon strongly believed in adding a former player to the radio booth, with Cliff Floyd and especially former Mets reliever John Franco considered for the position. In each case, however, convincing the player to sign on, full-time, for months of travel at a salary far less than what they ever made as players wasn't sufficiently enticing.

The news comes relatively late in the offseason, with the Mets just a few weeks away from opening their spring schedule on February 28. Mets listeners are already dealing with one change, as they follow the team from 660 WFAN up the dial.