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The MLB Local TV Announcer Rankings
Awful Announcing ^ | April 28, 2014 | Joe Lucia

Posted on 04/28/2014 3:37:56 PM PDT by EveningStar

Over the last two weeks, we polled the Awful Announcing readers on their opinions of each local broadcast team around the majors. The polls were broken down division by division to gain the perspective of both fans and rivals for each broadcast team.

The votes are in, and we weighted your grades on a four point scale for each broadcast crew and sorted them to determine who your favorite and least favorite broadcast teams were. Each “A” vote received 4 points, 3 points for a “B” vote, down to 0 points for an “F” vote. The total points scored were divided by the total number of votes to calculate what amounts to a GPA for each broadcast booth.

(Excerpt) Read more at awfulannouncing.com ...


TOPICS: Sports; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: announcers; baseball; mlb
1. San Francisco Giants
2. Los Angeles Dodgers
30. (last place) Chicago White Sox

Full vote breakdown

1 posted on 04/28/2014 3:37:56 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

If you watch a Rangers game on TV, definitely turn down the TV sound, and turn on Eric Nadel’s radio broadcast.


2 posted on 04/28/2014 3:39:53 PM PDT by dfwgator
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3 posted on 04/28/2014 3:43:05 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

Palmer's still got it!

4 posted on 04/28/2014 3:46:13 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: rabidralph

nice panties, jim!


5 posted on 04/28/2014 3:47:44 PM PDT by Levy78
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To: dfwgator

“If you watch a Rangers game on TV, definitely turn down the TV sound, and turn on Eric Nadel’s radio broadcast.”

Steve Busby and Tom Grieve (TAG) suffer in comparison to Eric Nadel because Eric Nadel is so good. Busby and TAG are really pretty good compared to many others. In fact I think they are as good as most national broadcast teams. They are not overt homers like many local broadcasters. Busby has a nice understated style that works well with TAG’s goofiness.

That is provided TAG can refrain from talking about cookies.


6 posted on 04/28/2014 3:51:50 PM PDT by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: EveningStar
One of these polls is needed for the NFL, although it probably would not change anything.

Phil Simms is one of the worst color men on TV...sometimes I think he knows nothing about he game. He's great at telling the audience what they have just seen for themselves. And if I hear "We talked about" one more time I'll flip my lid.

7 posted on 04/28/2014 4:01:19 PM PDT by Banjoguy
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To: EveningStar
The Mets have the best announcers both TV and Radio

Even though the Mets stank these last few years, they have made the games entertaining

Like Keith Hernandez admiring a female fan's hot dog & more

However, the Yankee Broadcasters are the worst ever. Especially, radio team. that woman is so annoying.

8 posted on 04/28/2014 4:01:50 PM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: dfwgator
Back in the day...when the "Show-Time" Lakers were around...every time the Lakers were on the big networks...

I'd turn the T.V. sound off...and tune into Chick Hearn on the radio!!

He was class..and classic!

9 posted on 04/28/2014 4:05:34 PM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: EveningStar

Da Pale Ho’s in last place?

What else can you say but, “He gone!”


10 posted on 04/28/2014 4:10:37 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The Acronym explains the science.)
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To: EveningStar

I like Mario and Rod in Detroit. There will never be anyone to hold a candle to Ernie Harwell but Mario and Rod are OK.

The absolute worst are the ESPN national announcers. It doesn’t matter who is playing, they’ll spend most of the game talking about the Yankees and Red Sox.

A couple years ago during a game in Detroit covered by ESPN the camera showed a view of the Ambassador bridge and one of those morons said it was the golden gate bridge.


11 posted on 04/28/2014 4:12:34 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: EveningStar

No doubt about last place! White Sox announcer Ken Harrelson makes me want to start cutting myself again. Anyone who says some other announcer is worse has never been forced to listen to the jacka... er, I mean, Hawk!


12 posted on 04/28/2014 4:13:55 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: EveningStar
Great list.

All I can say is the Baltimore Orioles games are a pleasure to watch and the Nationals are painful.

13 posted on 04/28/2014 4:18:22 PM PDT by Vision (Living in beauty)
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To: Banjoguy

I loved Madden don’t watch much anymore after the super bowl shuffle kinda lost interest


14 posted on 04/28/2014 4:18:41 PM PDT by al baby (Hi MomÂ… I was refereeing to Obama)
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To: EveningStar

The king in my opinion.

Ernie Harwell calls Detroit Tigers 1987 Clincher

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO2BpXuZcYg#t=46


15 posted on 04/28/2014 4:20:10 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: EveningStar

“Color” commentator are for soccer moms.

Is there anything worse than watching a game and constantly having your mind dragged down into those depths?

Answer: no, there is not.


16 posted on 04/28/2014 4:25:39 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: EveningStar

Jerry Remy makes me cringe. Always has, always will.


17 posted on 04/28/2014 4:31:10 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (This is known as "bad luck". - Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: cripplecreek
For, lo, the winter is past,

The rain is over and gone

The flowers appear on the Earth

The time of the singing of birds is come

And the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gr0wonW9u1A

18 posted on 04/28/2014 4:38:49 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Jerry Remy makes me cringe. Always has, always will.

His son makes me tremble.

19 posted on 04/28/2014 4:39:59 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: EveningStar
There was a guy with the Red Sox some years ago named Ned Martin who was the best,IMO.IIRC he went national (NBC?) toward the end of his career.
20 posted on 04/28/2014 4:41:35 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: EveningStar

Ernie was a true poet and an unabashed Christian. Even when he spoke of his impending death he called it God’s next great adventure.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vGEcx4RSZU


21 posted on 04/28/2014 4:43:13 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Evening star and I are lucky we had Vin Scully doing Dodger games


22 posted on 04/28/2014 4:58:37 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: EveningStar
1) San Francisco Giants – 3.46

-Duane Kuiper (play by play)

-Jon Miller (play by play)

-Dave Flemming (play by play)

-Mike Krukow (analyst)

These guys are a pleasure to listen to!

23 posted on 04/28/2014 4:59:56 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: Fai Mao

Mark Holtz (RIP), was real good too. He coined the phrase “Hello Win Column” and it was his signature phrase.


24 posted on 04/28/2014 5:02:39 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SevenofNine

Scully and Harwell were artists who painted pictures of baseball in the days when most games were only broadcast on radio.


25 posted on 04/28/2014 5:02:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
"Jerry Remy makes me cringe."

He's decent alongside Orsillo, who is great.
Dennis Eckersley, though, is just awesome - even has his own vocabulary. And is a barrel of laughs, to boot.

26 posted on 04/28/2014 5:04:18 PM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: EveningStar
1. San Francisco Giants
I grew up in NYC 50s and 60s, rooted for Yankees and Giants and listened to the best ... Red Barber, Mel Allen and even Vin Scully.
I'm still a Yankees and Giants fan and watching the Giants (via MLB) I consider Krukow and Kuiper the best in the game
27 posted on 04/28/2014 5:33:31 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: EveningStar

With Scully aging, my vote for the best is Gary Thorne of the Orioles. The worst is that Met radio guy with a lisp.


28 posted on 04/28/2014 5:42:56 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: jjotto; EveningStar

Hawk Harrelson is gawdawful. The only purpose he serves is to remind me why I don’t like the White Sux.

Marty Brennaman and Jeff Brantley do a very good job for the Reds.


29 posted on 04/28/2014 6:10:29 PM PDT by henkster
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To: Luke21

Jon Miller and Gary Thorne are both really, really good. Thorne and Palmer are excellent listening. I actually like Bob Carpenter and FP Santangelo for the Nats.

Freegards


30 posted on 04/28/2014 6:16:00 PM PDT by Ransomed
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To: cripplecreek

Since I am subscriber to Verzion FIOS I cant Dodger games every day I try listen to AM 570 on radio

That only “saving grace” Vin Scully broadcasting


31 posted on 04/28/2014 6:39:29 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: oh8eleven

“Kruk and Kuip” are former Giant teammates and have been doing games together for about 20 years and play well off of each other.

They are deservedly number 1 and refreshingly, they are not “homers” like many broadcast teams.

Jon Miller on the radio side along with Dave Flemming aren’t too bad either.


32 posted on 04/28/2014 10:17:00 PM PDT by Rodney Dangerfield (Has any President in history sunk to such a level of self-flattery & validation-seeking?)
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To: Rodney Dangerfield

The Giants announcing team is very good. Miller is like nice, soothing music, and Krukow and Kuiper do a good job of breaking things down while not talking too much. The PA announcer, on the other hand, is awful...


33 posted on 04/28/2014 10:20:03 PM PDT by drew
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To: henkster

Old time radio guys are usually better. They understand radio doesn’t have a picture to watch and want you to ‘see’ the action.

Younger guys are dreaming of TV jobs, or angling for syndicated sports talk shows. They want to be stars, so the game becomes secondary.

Then there are the jack-donkeys like Hawk...


34 posted on 04/29/2014 4:27:24 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: henkster
Hawk Harrelson is gawdawful.
He's different and I like that, even though his "shtick" can get tiresome.
Too many announcers sound like they've been lobotomized eg, Colorado Rockies.
35 posted on 04/29/2014 4:51:39 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: jjotto
Old time radio guys are usually better. They understand radio doesn’t have a picture to watch and want you to ‘see’ the action.

That's a perfect illustration of why those of us who grew up sneaking our transistor radios to school with us have such a fondness for the announcers of our youth as they were our eyes on the game, even if they were terrible.

That said and drifting out of the baseball park but staying on topic...the late Gene Hart, long-time, legendary Flyers voice was THE BEST play-by-play announcer of any sport at any time.

36 posted on 04/29/2014 5:40:18 AM PDT by Prov1322 (Enjoy my wife's incredible artwork at www.watercolorARTwork.com! (This space no longer for rent))
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To: rabidralph

He’s awful. Actually the entire Orioles broadcasting teams are terrible. In my mind the worst of the worst.


37 posted on 04/29/2014 2:24:48 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid" ~ Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: nutmeg

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38 posted on 04/29/2014 4:03:37 PM PDT by nutmeg (ObamaCare: Yet another disaster brought to you by the democRATic party)
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