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Cardinals annouce extensions for John Rooney and Mike Shannon

Cardinals play-by-play man John Rooney has signed a five-year contract extension and Mike Shannon has signed on for three more years in the broadcast booth.

“We are fortunate to have one the best broadcast teams in baseball” Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III said. “As we return to KMOX, we are particularly excited to have Mike and John behind the microphone for all the exciting Cardinals action for years to come.”

Shannon has been in the Cardinals booth for 40 years following 14 years in the organization as a player. Rooney filled the considerable shoes of legendary St. Louis broadcaster Jack Buck, joining the team in time for the 2006 World Series. Prior to that, he called games for the White Sox for 18 years.

In the upcoming season, the Redbirds will return to the powerful airwaves of KMOX after a five-year absence.

“The talented broadcast team of Shannon and Rooney add even more to the legacy relationship between the Cardinals and KMOX.” John Sheehan, Senior Vice President-Market Manager, of CBS Radio St. Louis said. “We are excited that fans will be able to hear expanded coverage throughout the season on America’s Sports Voice”

Because of the difference in length of the deals, I wonder if Shannon, 71, has his sights set on retirement.

Also inked to an extension is pre and post-game host Mike Claiborne who has been with the Cardinals broadcasting crew for four years.