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Longtime Mets broadcast director Webb dies

TV veteran had cancer; he also worked ASG, postseason for FOX
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Bill Webb, the longtime television director for Mets games, died Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He was 70.

Webb, who was renowned for his work in the sports broadcasting industry, directed baseball telecasts for FOX Sports since 1996, and Mets games for SportsNet New York since its launch in 2006. His work has had a lasting influence on the style of modern broadcasts with its use of fast cuts, crowd shots and extreme close-ups of players' faces.

Bill Webb, the longtime television director for Mets games, died Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He was 70.

Webb, who was renowned for his work in the sports broadcasting industry, directed baseball telecasts for FOX Sports since 1996, and Mets games for SportsNet New York since its launch in 2006. His work has had a lasting influence on the style of modern broadcasts with its use of fast cuts, crowd shots and extreme close-ups of players' faces.

Over his career, Webb worked 17 World Series, 20 League Championship Series and 18 All-Star Games. He was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2016.

Video: Mets broadcasters recall Webb's impact on game

Prior to joining FOX Sports, Webb directed Mets games at WOR-TV and served as lead director for ABC Sports.

Tweet from @kevinburkhardt: 2nite Im having a vodka soda no fruit, to honor my friend Bill Webb. The greatest baseball director of all time. I'll miss you Webbie. RIP pic.twitter.com/EBu79aewX2 

Tweet from @AnthonyDiComo: Condolences to SNY, FOX families on the passing of iconic director Bill Webb. If GKR are the heart of Mets broadcasts, "Webby" was the soul.

Tweet from @ChrisRose: So sad to hear of passing of MLB on Fox/NY Mets director Bill Webb. Best in biz & made me laugh. Thanks for all the good times Webby.

Video: BOS@NYM: Mets broadcast pays tribute to Bill Webb

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com.

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