Marlins play-by-play announcer Rich Waltz will be working with a new color commentator in 2016. Tommy Hutton, who spent 19 years covering the Marlins, did not have his contract renewed, according to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald.
Surprising and disturbing news: The Marlins and Fox Sports Florida have dropped Tommy Hutton, who was team's TV analyst past 19 years.— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) November 23, 2015
Hutton told Jackson he was not given any kind of explanation by the organization.
“All I got was we've made a decision to go in another direction,” he said. “They insisted it wasn't about budget. I was surprised and shocked the way it was handled given the fact it was two months into the offseason and a couple days before Thanksgiving.”
Hutton and Gary Carter are the only two color commentators in the Marlins' brief history. Neither the organization nor FOX opted to justify the decision.
Hutton and Waltz appeared to have a great chemistry and knew each other's styles well. Hutton was often known for his rants, but his passion for the game was evident through his calls and daily coverage of the Marlins.
A search for Hutton's replacement will begin soon, according to Jackson.