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White Sox add Jason Benetti to play-by-play team

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox kept it local with their new play-by-play man, announcing Wednesday that Chicago-area native Jason Benetti will take over television duties for home games under a multiyear contract.

Regular play-by-play man Ken "Hawk" Harrelson already had announced that he will dial back his schedule for the upcoming season and only work road games as the play-by-play man, in addition to the home opener and home games in the crosstown series against the Chicago Cubs in July.

The White Sox also announced that color commentator Steve Stone has agreed to a multiyear extension. Stone will work with both Benetti and Harrelson on White Sox television broadcasts.

Benetti, who is a graduate of Homewood-Flossmoor High School south of Chicago, will also continue his duties with ESPN, where he has called college baseball, basketball, football and lacrosse over the past five years.

He also has built his strong broadcasting résumé despite having been born with a mild form of cerebral palsy. Benetti has worked tirelessly for charities that assist with varying disabilities.

"The way I look or walk is such a small part of who I am as a person," Benetti said of his cerebral palsy. "I like to joke that fortunately, I chose a profession where all I needed was my voice, not my legs. I have always felt that if I can help one other person, or if I can help change one person's attitude about how they perceive others, then I have made a positive difference."

Benetti is a graduate of Syracuse and is a former play-by-plan man for the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs. He holds bachelor's degrees in broadcast journalism, economics and psychology from Syracuse, as well as a law degree from Wake Forest.

His first regular-season game as the White Sox's play-by-play announcer will be an April 9 broadcast of a game against the Cleveland Indians.

"Joining the White Sox television team of Ken Harrelson and Steve Stone -- with the chance to work with Steve on home games -- is truly a dream come true for a kid who grew up in the south suburbs watching Sox games during the 1990s," Benetti said. "This is beyond exciting for me."