Carpenter remains at play-by-play spot

Carpenter remains at play-by-play spot

WASHINGTON -- The Mid Atlantic Sports Network and the Nationals have agreed to pick up the 2009 option of play-by-play announcer Bob Carpenter on Friday night. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Both companies had until Friday to let Carpenter know if he was going to be the play-by-play voice of the team. He was informed during the game between the Nationals and Reds that he would be for the next season.

Carpenter is currently in his third season with the Nationals and works with analyst Don Sutton and on-field reporter Debbie Taylor.

"I'm happy that I'm working with Don and Debbie," Carpenter said after the game.

Carpenter became a popular figure after the Nationals relieved him of his duties at the end of the 2007 season. But Nationals fans protested and Carpenter was later given one-year deal with an option.

While Carpenter and Sutton are under contract for next year, Taylor's deal expires after this season. The hardworking Taylor is known for her great interviews and feature stories on the club.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.