In a somewhat surprising turn of events, the Pittsburgh Pirates find themselves in a joint ownership situation with the Penguins on Pittsburgh SportsNet, marking a new chapter in the team's broadcasting history. However, amidst this transition, the Pirates community is grappling with the departure of an iconic figure, Robby Incmikoski. While it is surprising in a way, this is also not completely random. The Penguins moved on from broadcasters Bob Errey and Josh Mears.
For the past 11 seasons, Incmikoski has been the face of Pirates broadcasts on AT&T SportsNet and Root Sports. His in-game interviews and contributions to pre- and post-game shows have made him a beloved figure among Pirates fans. His commitment and passion for the job were palpable, evident in every moment he spent covering the team at PNC Park. Robby brought a smiling face to every game regardless of how the team was performing.
Before gracing Pittsburgh and PNC Park with his presence, Incmikoski showcased worked as a reporter and host for Fox Sports North, covering Minnesota Twins baseball, the Timberwolves, the Wild, and University of Minnesota hockey. His versatility was further demonstrated during his stint at Fox Sports Arizona, where he covered the Diamondbacks, Coyotes, and Suns. Additionally, he spent two seasons as the play-by-play announcer for the Arizona Sundogs in the former Central Hockey League.
Incmikoski's journey into the world of sports broadcasting began in 2005 as the radio pre- and post-game host for the Phoenix Coyotes. His introduction to television came as a production assistant for the "NFL on Fox" for five seasons from 2002 to 2006.
Of course, he spent the last 11 years with the Pittsburgh Pirates and their broadcasting staff.
As the Pittsburgh Pirates bid farewell to this broadcasting stalwart, fans can't help but reminisce about the countless memorable moments he brought to the screen. Though change is inevitable, Robby Incmikoski's legacy as a Pirates icon will undoubtedly be remembered fondly by fans who had the pleasure of experiencing the game through his lens.