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#1 Posted on 4.3.05 1049.57
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Ok so we already talked about how to listen to games and I decided myself to get MLB Gameday Audio, but what I wanted to ask was about the play by play guys. I was wondering if anyone knows if the people who do play by play for spring training games are the same people who do it during the regular season games. So far I've listened to a Nationals, Astros, and A's game and they all seemed pretty awful.

I'll probably listen to Mets game mostly since that's my team. Anybody know if their announcers are any good?

Any other National League announcers that are particularly good who I should listen to rather than the Mets commentators?
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#2 Posted on 4.3.05 1148.40
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I'll be hated by Cub fans (maybe), but Ron Santo offers NOTHING to a broadcast, unless you want to here an out of touch fan in the booth. He was frequently "spoofed" on the Dan Patrick Show last year, with his inciteful calls of 'Noooooo', and 'Gosh', and the ever helpful 'Aw geez'.

I love Uecker with the Brewers, but you have to realize that he's telling a story in addition to doing the game. He calls a great game, but is at his best when he's vamping.
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#3 Posted on 4.3.05 1408.55
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The Met announcers are very good straight ball/strike baseball announcers, but aren't good storytellers.
On the other baseball team from New York: I thought Kay and Sterling were bad, until Sterling and Steiner became the announcers. Now that Waldman is going to be in the booth with Sterling, it might be the most insufferable broadcast booth in radio history. At least Sterling can be occassionally funny, even though he generally has no clue what is occurring on the field, or just doesn't want what is going on on the field to interfere with whatever inane point he is babbling about. However, Waldman might be the most annoying human being ever to be on a radio, and that was before she was on the Yankee payroll.
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#4 Posted on 4.3.05 1606.19
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Sterling does tend to belabor whatever point he is repeating, but then again he repeats himself so often he is just belaboring the point.

On the other hand, when he is calling a good, tight game, he does a great job with the emotion, tension, and excitement, without the boring repetitive stuff.

Redsoxnation, you are WAAAY off base with Waldman - I think she is among the best at calling plays, and never hesitates to blame whichever millionaire on the field just screwed up. If someone makes a bad throw, she'll call them on it no matter who they are, home or visitor.

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#5 Posted on 4.3.05 1648.51
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    Originally posted by Sec19Row53
    I'll be hated by Cub fans (maybe), but Ron Santo offers NOTHING to a broadcast, unless you want to here an out of touch fan in the booth. He was frequently "spoofed" on the Dan Patrick Show last year, with his inciteful calls of 'Noooooo', and 'Gosh', and the ever helpful 'Aw geez'.


On the flip side, his pxp partner Pat Hughes is GOD of RADIO. The voice...the descriptions...as a Cardinals fan, I find myself listening to more Cubs games just so I can hear his golden pipes.

I can tolerate Santo, mostly because Hughes gets to make a bit of fun of him time to time, and because there's no one a Cards fan loves better in the booth when the Redbirds win another one at Wrigley. I was at the July 20th game last year...the Pujols Game where the 8-3 Cubs lead became an 11-3 Cards win...and the only thing better than the crestfallen looks on the faces of the Cub fans around me was hearing Santo crying out in agony on Radio 720.

John Rooney and Ed Farmer of the White Sox/ESPN 1000 are pretty damn good, particularly Rooney.

Steer away from the Cards crew. Mike Shannon is an acquired taste (and even then, not a very good one) and Wayne Hagin is as dry and white as Elwood's toast.
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#6 Posted on 5.3.05 1251.47
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Lifetime Mariner announcer Dave Neihouse is probably the best announcer who never gets props, because he has been stuck with so many bad teams and he is the Northwest corner of the world. He does four and a half on radio and four and a half on t.v. which I think is the norm for most teams. He's not afraid to call out bad play by the M's, has a great HR call and tells some fine stories.

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#7 Posted on 7.3.05 0940.19
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    Originally posted by Quezzy
    I'll probably listen to Mets game mostly since that's my team. Anybody know if their announcers are any good?

    Any other National League announcers that are particularly good who I should listen to rather than the Mets commentators?
Though I am not a Mets fan, their two radio guys, Howie Rose and Gary Cohen, IMO, are top-notch.
    Originally posted by too-old-now
    Sterling does tend to belabor whatever point he is repeating, but then again he repeats himself so often he is just belaboring the point.

    On the other hand, when he is calling a good, tight game, he does a great job with the emotion, tension, and excitement, without the boring repetitive stuff.

    Redsoxnation, you are WAAAY off base with Waldman - I think she is among the best at calling plays, and never hesitates to blame whichever millionaire on the field just screwed up. If someone makes a bad throw, she'll call them on it no matter who they are, home or visitor.
Although Waldman does tend to have the "Voice Voted Most Likely To Make My Ears Bleed", I agree with too-old-now as she is not just a blind homer. IMO, John Sterling has made great Yankee moments better (Leyritz's HR in Game 2 vs Seattle in 95, the third out in the 9th in Game 6 vs Atlanta in 96). That said, I could totally do without the 7 minute "YANKEES WIN!" yammer in an August game against Cleveland that means nothing as well as the "IT IS HIGH! IT IS FAR! IT IIIIIISSSSS GOOOONNNNE!!! No wait, it was caught by Baldelli to end the inning" calls - he overdoes the theatrics way too often. Take the good with the bad, I guess.
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#8 Posted on 7.3.05 2016.28
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Do Kupier and Krukow still do Giants games? I liked them when I had the DirecTV baseball package.

I'm really curious to hear the Nats' guys, since the color man used to do hockey for teh Bruins.
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#9 Posted on 8.3.05 0234.37
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They sure do. And on non-ESPN days, Jon Miller steps into the TV booth to work games.
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#10 Posted on 8.3.05 0658.37
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    Originally posted by odessasteps
    I'm really curious to hear the Nats' guys, since the color man used to do hockey for teh Bruins.
Who is this color man?
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#11 Posted on 8.3.05 0902.26
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    Originally posted by pieman
      Originally posted by odessasteps
      I'm really curious to hear the Nats' guys, since the color man used to do hockey for teh Bruins.
    Who is this color man?





Dave Shea, who did the Bruins road game play-by-play on NESN, left his job selling cars (due to the NHL lockout) to take the Nationals color job.
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#12 Posted on 8.3.05 0921.30
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Excellent! Dave Shea has always been significantly underrated as a broadcaster. I enjoyed going way back to when he was teaming with Fred Cusick on Bruins games on Channel 38.
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