Mariner broadcaster Dave Niehaus is finally going to the Hall of Fame this year. He's been at it for 31 years, calling Mariner games since their first day and is one of the best I have ever heard call a game. He used to fly solo when he did the radio and could tell stories and call all the action without missing a beat.
His voice reminds me of growing up, good weather, and mostly bad baseball. The great thing about him is he's old school he loves the Mariners, but isn't afraid to call them out when their plays are poor or their decisions are lousy.
"Get Out The Mustard and The Rye Bread Grandma... It's Grand Salami TIME!"
I never had the pleasure of listening to Dave Niehaus call a game, but I definitely remember his voice from Ken Griffey Jr.'s Slugfest for the N64. I got a big kick out of "Grand Salami". Congrats to him and congrats to Seattle.
1. I have no idea what you mean when you say "in terms of an overall baseball player". Mauer had a monster hitting season in '09, but we have no idea if he can keep that up. I give A-Rod the edge in offensive production in previous years.