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Search: Vin Scully, Jon Miller, Duane Kuiper, Mike Krukow

gygax! (gygax!), Tuesday, 17 August 2004 13:01 (seventeen years ago) link

Also search: Sean McDonough, Jerry Remy, Josh Lewin, the guy doing FSN / MSG Mets games that isn't Fran Healy or Keith Hernandez or Ralph Kiner

David R. (popshots75`), Tuesday, 17 August 2004 13:04 (seventeen years ago) link

Search: Al Leiter in October, Pat Hughes on WGN Radio

mattbot (mattbot), Tuesday, 17 August 2004 13:39 (seventeen years ago) link

s: tom cheek & jerry howarth

dyson (dyson), Tuesday, 17 August 2004 13:50 (seventeen years ago) link

Second generation S&D:
Destroy Skip AND Chip;
Search Joe Buck.

briania (briania), Tuesday, 17 August 2004 14:19 (seventeen years ago) link

Search: Bob Uecker & Jim Powell, Brewers radio
Destroy: the hacks that ruin the Brewers baseball games

Begs2Differ (Begs2Differ), Tuesday, 17 August 2004 14:36 (seventeen years ago) link

Destroy: Tom Grieve
Search: Eric Nadel and his partner, the Rangers radio guys from the late-80s/early-90s ('til one died)

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Tuesday, 17 August 2004 14:39 (seventeen years ago) link

Search: Jon Miller, Gary Cohen, Vin Scully, Tim McCarver (pre-1990), Bob Costas when he got to do games regularly

Destroy: Joe Buck, Joe Morgan, Steve Phillips (ah, let's say everybody on ESPN save Miller), Jim Kaat, Steve Lyons

Destroy with Extreme Prejudice: John Sterling, Charley Steiner, Michael Kay

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 17 August 2004 14:40 (seventeen years ago) link

i'm going to go ahead and agree w/ the doc's espn assessment. i would also say destroy the muthaeffing fuck out of joe buck.

search: jim palmer (if for nothing else, his arrogance is utterly charming)

jonathan quayle higgins (j.q. higgins), Tuesday, 17 August 2004 14:56 (seventeen years ago) link

i would neither search nor destroy joe buck, and i kind of like the braves' guys. everything else i agree with.

mookieproof (mookieproof), Tuesday, 17 August 2004 15:17 (seventeen years ago) link

Sterling and Kay do indeed gotta go. You'd think the largesse of the Boss could put a decent team in the booth.

briania (briania), Tuesday, 17 August 2004 15:22 (seventeen years ago) link

Do ya think the Boss wants anything from his announcers but vapid, triumphalist shilling? The last pros behind a Yankee mic were Bill White and Frank Messer ... tho on cable, Ken Singleton isn't bad. At least Rizzuto's breezy fogginess was genuinely entertaining.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 17 August 2004 15:31 (seventeen years ago) link

Chicago only:

Search John Rooney and Steve Stone
Blow to smithereens Chimp Caray and Ron "Ohnooooooooo" Santo

I am mostly indifferent to Darrin Jackson, and I like Hawk Harrelson most of the time, but his stories are getting really old. I wouldn't mind a new Sox TV team, that's for certain.

Baked Bean Teeth (Baked Bean Teeth), Tuesday, 17 August 2004 15:57 (seventeen years ago) link

I used to listen to John Sterling & Jay Johnstone Yankee play-by-play on the radio back in the early 90s (before they became THE YANKEES), and the games were quite listenable - I don't know if it's because Sterling hadn't developed his annoying tendencies yet (I swear he used to do a restrained version of "YANKEES WIN! THE YANKEES WIN!" once upon a time), or Jay Johnstone was a nice grounded complement to Sterling's azure flights of fancy, or I was too stupid to know rot from rule, but I enjoyed them. Especially when Oscar Azocar would drop fly balls. Good times.

David R. (popshots75`), Tuesday, 17 August 2004 16:30 (seventeen years ago) link

I go back and forth and Steve Stone. A lot of the time I find him unbearably smug and pedantic, but the thing is, he's usually right.

jaymc (jaymc), Tuesday, 17 August 2004 17:58 (seventeen years ago) link

that is the thing indeed. his voice doesn't help the smug factor, but contentwise i think he's great.

John (jdahlem), Tuesday, 17 August 2004 18:11 (seventeen years ago) link

Well, if we're going to compare smug and pedantic announcers, I think we'd all agree that Steve Stone > Tim McCarver (from a quality standpoint, not a smug/pedant standpoint).

Plus Stone can actually pronounce the word "him" as it should be, rather than as "eem." (I call that particular affliction "Phil Simms Disease.")

Baked Bean Teeth (Baked Bean Teeth), Tuesday, 17 August 2004 18:28 (seventeen years ago) link

I generally like Steve Stone. He can be pretty sarcastic and self-deprecating which I like ("People forget I was a 20 game winner for the Cubs... over three years"), but his constant pitch-calling can get tiresome, even if he's right. He doesn't have a whole lot of insight on batters, but he won't jizz his pants over players like McCarver does, either.

Plus wouldn't you want to search anyone who makes fun of Chip Caray's freakishly large head?

mattbot (mattbot), Tuesday, 17 August 2004 19:01 (seventeen years ago) link

i'm sure alot of it's just growing up in georgia and getting accustomed to his voice but i got a real soft spot in my heart for skip caray. his call-in show before games is beautiful, he clearly doesn't want to be there and there's always at least one yokel per show who calls in and asks him to explain the infield fly rule again. pretty much every other show you'll get to hear him get so exasperated (and the questions are pretty much 80% incredibly stupid - alot of 'how come they aren't playing galaragga at first?' type q's) and go off or whatever counts as going off for skip caray (like a carp swallowed a phone). luv ya skip!

cinniblount (James Blount), Tuesday, 17 August 2004 19:19 (seventeen years ago) link

Steve Lyons has the most punchable face of all.

Mr. Tony Plow (Leee), Tuesday, 17 August 2004 19:24 (seventeen years ago) link

Search: Jon Miller, Don Sutton/Pete Van Wieren
Eh: Joe Morgan, Joe Simpson
Take a 2 year vacation, please, and come back with some enthusiasm: Skip Caray
Destroy: Chip Caray
Quit Trying to Get into the Business, Please: Ron Gant (his fill-in appearance for Skip C. last week was embarrassing)
Irradiate, Incinerate and Shoot the Ashes into Space: Joe Buck/Tim McCarver

Rock Hardy (Rock Hardy), Tuesday, 17 August 2004 21:34 (seventeen years ago) link

"Jeter jeter jeter!"

gygax! (gygax!), Tuesday, 17 August 2004 21:42 (seventeen years ago) link

"Rolen rolen rolen!"

gygax! (gygax!), Tuesday, 17 August 2004 21:42 (seventeen years ago) link

I can't believe David R. namechecked Josh Lewin. Arrrrgghh! I HATE that guy. He's the worst of my personal three-headed bete noire of cookie-cutter announcers; Lewin along with the two lucky-sperm-club members, Caray and Buck. Destroy them and their milquetoast professionalism. They all have this stiff, overly studied quality to their play-by-play. But Lewin is the worst because of his nails-on-chalkboard voice; he tries so desparately to PROPERLY ENUNCIATE every word in ANNOUNCER VOICE, that he ends up adding these extra diphthongs to every vowel. It's incredibly irritating.

Obviously search Scully, and the dear departed Ernie Harwell.

I like Steiner and Sterling, and I hate the Yankees! Sterling's "THUH pitch..." is great.

Steve Stone is great, he cracks me up. He's a real card. Funniest thing he said all year: after an early season game against Atlanta in which the Braves came back to win, Alfonseca was credited with the win. Stoney said "so Alfonseca comes back to bite the hand that once very amply fed him." I mean, you have to imagine it in that dry Stoney voice, but it was priceless.

Monetizing Eyeballs (diamond), Wednesday, 18 August 2004 02:18 (seventeen years ago) link

I can't believe Broheeeeeems namechecked John Sterling! He sounds just like the sort of guy that'd drop the smooth tenor drawl once the mikes go dead & start ripping a new hole bigot-style into the intern that didn't put enough sugar in his half double-half venti Mochachino. Also, 90% of what he says is either floofery or misinformation. Lewin's voice might grate (I never noticed it, in the brief exposure I've had to him), but at least he sounds like he can hold a conversation about baseball that won't involve bronzing the nads of a fan favorite.

David R. (popshots75`), Wednesday, 18 August 2004 02:52 (seventeen years ago) link

"vin scully never plays the homer" - who said that?

gygax! (gygax!), Wednesday, 18 August 2004 02:55 (seventeen years ago) link

i have no problem with homers or nad-bronzing, in theory.

John (jdahlem), Wednesday, 18 August 2004 02:58 (seventeen years ago) link

I should've said "inappropriate or excessive bronzing". Like, 3 or 4 coats. (cf. "Jeter Jeter Jeter Rolen Rolen Rolen Jeter Rolen Yahtzee!")

David R. (popshots75`), Wednesday, 18 August 2004 03:00 (seventeen years ago) link

yeah, that can grate. or glare, or whatever. should NEVER be done on national broadcasts, but i don't think i mind it so much on local ones.

John (jdahlem), Wednesday, 18 August 2004 03:03 (seventeen years ago) link

hehehe ... well, to be fair, I don't hear Sterling that often. Perhaps he would begin to annoy me after more repeated exposure. I've just found myself really enjoying the games I've heard him broadcast. I don't really have a problem with homerism, though. I mean, you're talking to a Hawk Harrelson fan. But seriously, how can you deny "THUH pitch..."

I think I prefer my announcers to be older guys with slightly southern accents and a folksy manner. The grain of the voice is really what counts, especially when you're going to be spending close to 3 hours with the guy. Give me a distinctive voice and I'm hooked, I could hardly care what they say. Growing up with Harwell probably instilled that in me. This is the big reason I've never warmed to the young bucks. Or the young lewins. They just haven't accumulated enough stories, they always seem to be trying too hard, they always OOZE "broadcasting school". Compare Jack to Joe, or Harry and Skip to Chip. The younger guys just sound so fundamentally uncool. Give me colorful oldsters that I'd enjoy sharing a cocktail with, not young dweeb careerists. and get Buck the hell off my NFL games while you're at it.

Monetizing Eyeballs (diamond), Wednesday, 18 August 2004 04:29 (seventeen years ago) link

older guys with slightly southern accents and a folksy manner

By algebra, you'd enjoy Our Pres. in the booth.

Mr. Tony Plow (Leee), Wednesday, 18 August 2004 19:57 (seventeen years ago) link

oh god no. all politics aside, i can't even stand listening to him speak. and kerry's only marginally better.

mookieproof (mookieproof), Wednesday, 18 August 2004 20:07 (seventeen years ago) link

hmm, good catch, Leeee! And you know what? I might actually like our president if he had, say, gone into broadcasting instead of FUCKING UP THE WORLD.

Monetizing Eyeballs (diamond), Wednesday, 18 August 2004 20:15 (seventeen years ago) link

bill clinton doesn't seem to have anything else going on...

mookieproof (mookieproof), Wednesday, 18 August 2004 20:16 (seventeen years ago) link

xpost - well yeah, there'd just be one thread bitching about his poor play-by-play skills on ILX, as opposed to several on how he's doing said FUCKING UP THE WORLD.

hstencil (hstencil), Wednesday, 18 August 2004 20:16 (seventeen years ago) link

also, what's with the lack of Kalas mentions on this thread? That's just criminal (I'm pointing the finger at myself on that one.)

Monetizing Eyeballs (diamond), Wednesday, 18 August 2004 20:17 (seventeen years ago) link

What I'd like to know is how all you get to listen to announcers halfway 'round the country. Obv. guys like the Carays are gonna have nationwide coverage due to their superstation employers, but the others? Unless you lived somewhere else, I'm impressed. Most of 'em I'm only familiar with from their national appearances during Fox weekend games, the playoffs and such.

Baked Bean Teeth (Baked Bean Teeth), Wednesday, 18 August 2004 20:22 (seventeen years ago) link

A couple of years ago, when I was at the height of my fantasy baseball obsession (I mean, I'm still really into fantasy, but that year I was *obsessed*), I ponied up the $10 or whatever it was to get all games over internet radio from I'm not sure if they still have that deal; I bet they probably charge more now. That was the only year I did it. So yeah, I would basically listen to all the games involving my starting pitchers, so I got to hear most of the radio folks.

Monetizing Eyeballs (diamond), Wednesday, 18 August 2004 20:26 (seventeen years ago) link

They still offer it, it's $15 now. I'm using it right now to listen to Ron Santo aw jeez over the Cubs. Searched out a little Jon Miller last night, he's great (which I knew from ESPN, but still).

mattbot (mattbot), Thursday, 19 August 2004 02:34 (seventeen years ago) link

I used to like Al Michaels doing the games on ABC. Jon Miller is my favorite national guy now.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Thursday, 19 August 2004 04:14 (seventeen years ago) link

everyone OTM about Stone. I like him; he adds a lot to the game rather than just filling up airtime. He's greatly appreciated after I'm in the car and listening to Santo on WGN. Destroy that mofo. Pat Harris and Stoney would make a great team. (Chip is tolerable, though)

oops (Oops), Thursday, 19 August 2004 23:30 (seventeen years ago) link

Josh Lewin isn't so bad. But that might just be his pairing with Tom Grieve, who makes everyone look good in comparison.

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Friday, 20 August 2004 02:20 (seventeen years ago) link

What are you talking about, Santo is great!

Steve Stone filled in for Santo in the playoffs last year, when Ronnie was in surgery in Arizona -- and I just couldn't deal with it. Hughes would make a generalization, and Stone would come in and be like, "Well, that's not actually true, Pat." I just wasn't used to someone correcting Hughes, who's a pretty smart broadcaster himself.

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 20 August 2004 18:47 (seventeen years ago) link

Whatever you may say about Santo's foibles, you can tell that he and Hughes genuinely like each other, and that kind of good-natured camaraderie comes across in the broadcast and is appreciated.

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 20 August 2004 18:48 (seventeen years ago) link

...and if you like the sound of a professional broadcaster grunting, woofing and moaning as the fortunes of his teams change, sure, Santo is awesome. Right up there with the Dick Butkus/Mike Fencik radio broadcasting crew of the Bears a few years back...

Baked Bean Teeth (Baked Bean Teeth), Friday, 20 August 2004 19:33 (seventeen years ago) link

Santo doesn't even know what the hell is going on half the time. It's embarassing. But they continue to prop him up there because Cubs fans slurp up the routine.

Monetizing Eyeballs (diamond), Friday, 20 August 2004 19:54 (seventeen years ago) link

Santo is more of a mascot than a broadcaster, it's true. Which is really sort of a tradition in Cubs broadcasting, now that I think about it...

mattbot (mattbot), Friday, 20 August 2004 20:34 (seventeen years ago) link

I mean, I personally don't have a big problem with it, but let's call a spade a spade. That's all I'm saying. There are long stretches of just Hughes play-by-play (which is great; he's top-notch) accompanied by occasional "Aw, gee..."s and "Yeah!"s from the other side of the booth.

Then a couple times an inning Hughes will lead him: "Clement's looking good today, Ronnie..." That extra "Ronnie" punctuating the sentence as if to say "wake up over there, little buddy!"

Monetizing Eyeballs (diamond), Friday, 20 August 2004 20:44 (seventeen years ago) link

eleven months pass...
Mark Grace cursed on air last night?

What did he say?

gygax! (gygax!), Wednesday, 10 August 2005 21:19 (sixteen years ago) link

Apparently some F-bombs.

gygax! (gygax!), Wednesday, 10 August 2005 21:22 (sixteen years ago) link

That extra "Ronnie" punctuating the sentence as if to say "wake up over there, little buddy!"

Haha, true!

jaymc (jaymc), Wednesday, 10 August 2005 22:14 (sixteen years ago) link

i like jon miller. he's not afraid to give morgan some shit, he speaks the spanish, and supposedly wears shorts with his jacket and tie (although i haven't seen evidence of this in their booth shots).

fucking destroy the white sox on wgn (harrelson, yes?). jesus. i never had wgn until this year, and that's okay.

gotta say that i like the orioles' staff. the p-b-p guys are capable (it is odd that i know that fred manfra was qb at oj simpson's high school, though). jim palmer suffers occasionally from hall-of-famer syndrome, but honestly not too much, and often lightens it up with an anecdote about how earl weaver kicked his ass. buck martinez is also good, and neither of them are nightmarish homers.

nats are kind of weird. on the radio side they've got two old school guys who switch roles every few innings. it's fine apart from the incessant mentions of the "rhythmic applause". television color is ron darling, who is fine content-wise but has strange inflection--everything he says sounds vaguely like a question. (when i mentioned to a friend back in april that darling was doing color he asked "has he talked about the no-hitter he threw in college yet?" to which the answer was yes, but the p-b-p guy brought it up.)

i dislike gary thorne on principle, but i think he's a decent announcer. steve stone is kind of awesome. the tbs guys are all right--i appreciate they way skip says 'chipperjones...'

mookieproof (mookieproof), Wednesday, 10 August 2005 22:46 (sixteen years ago) link

I think I've mentioned them before, but the on-air Hawk/Deej fights are so awesome. I haven't been able to find them online.

oops (Oops), Wednesday, 10 August 2005 23:00 (sixteen years ago) link

I hate Chip Caray, getting kind of tired of Skip; I think Sutton is pretty good, verging on really good. Pete Van Wieren and (especially) Joe Simpson are up there with the best in baseball. Why Ron Gant is allowed on the air is beyond me.

Truckdrivin' Buddha (Rock Hardy), Thursday, 11 August 2005 00:09 (sixteen years ago) link

jeff brantley is awful!

mookieproof (mookieproof), Thursday, 11 August 2005 00:50 (sixteen years ago) link

(although i kind of felt for him when he intimated that his life pretty much collapsed when he retired from playing)

mookieproof (mookieproof), Thursday, 11 August 2005 00:51 (sixteen years ago) link

sutton's got great stories - during a st. louis game he was talking about how hot it would get on the old astroturf and how players would combat the heat - lots of them would put cabbage leaves under their hats (!) but one player he wouldn't name one day had the bright idea of wrapping his feet in aluminum foil. he mentioned another time how pedro guerrero would daydream during games alot, watch planes flying overhead etc., and one time their was a meeting at the mound and lasorda asked guerrero 'what are you thinking when you're out here?' and guerrero responded 'well i'm thinking two things. the first thing i'm thinking is i hope they don't hit it to me. and the second thing i'm thinking is i hope they don't hit it to sax'.

j blount (papa la bas), Thursday, 11 August 2005 00:52 (sixteen years ago) link

baseball is the thinking man's game

j blount (papa la bas), Thursday, 11 August 2005 00:53 (sixteen years ago) link

The sixth-stringers doing the Braves-Giants game for ESPN tonight (some guy named Sciambi plus Mark McLemore) used the cover of anonymity to beat a dead horse — Larry Krueger — for a full inning tonight. It probably won't move them up the broadcaster depth chart, and I'm sure the irony of what they were doing went right over their heads.

Truckdrivin' Buddha (Rock Hardy), Thursday, 11 August 2005 01:13 (sixteen years ago) link

I hope they had to turn up their mikes over a war chant?

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 11 August 2005 12:36 (sixteen years ago) link

one month passes...
Vin Scully, last night's game:

"Fans, after the Pirates game next Saturday, please stay for a concert by the All-American Rejects sponsored by KROQ.


You know alternative groups these days have the strangest names...

The other day I heard of a group named "Three Doors Down"...


Makes you wonder who these guys are... where they live... Three Doors Down.

And the first pitch: change-up, fouled away...

How about "Alice In Chains"?...

[voice trails off slightly]

"The Greatful Dead"....

gygax! (gygax!), Saturday, 17 September 2005 15:07 (sixteen years ago) link

seven years pass...

a spreadsheet listing the first 10,000 or so national TV games, and the broadcasters who called them.

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Monday, 24 June 2013 11:49 (eight years ago) link

I don't remember Koufax doing color for NBC in '72.

Nor did I know that Jackie Robinson worked games for ABC in '65.

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Monday, 24 June 2013 11:54 (eight years ago) link

that was completely awesome, spent way too much time looking at it.

Bee OK, Tuesday, 25 June 2013 05:24 (eight years ago) link

I do remember the guest "third man" in the booth NBC did in summer '73... ranging from actual ex-regulars like Red Barber, Dizzy Dean and Mel Allen to Danny Kaye, Glen Campbell and... George C. Scott!

playwright Greg Marlowe, secretly in love with Mary (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 25 June 2013 16:06 (eight years ago) link

No recollection of Lupica doing color (1990 only, apparently). Good lord.

Andy K, Tuesday, 25 June 2013 17:34 (eight years ago) link

eleven months pass...

Saturday, Jan. 1, lists four bars: the Back Room, still on Rush Street, plus three long-ago joints: 20 E. Delaware, Sully’s and Peppy’s, with expenses for each $10.30, $9.97, $10, and $8.95. This in a year when a six-pack of Old Style set you back $1.29.

You needed to cite who you entertained to get the write-off, so on New Year’s Day he lists Dave Condon, the Tribune sports columnist; Billy Sullivan, who owned Sully’s; and Joe Pepitone, the former Yankees first baseman who had been traded to the Cubs.

And so it begins. A chain of old-time Chicago bars — Riccardo’s, Boul Mich, Mr. Kelly’s. A posse of early 1970s sports figures — Wilt Chamberlain, Don Drysdale, Gale Sayers. Plus a few unexpected blasts from the past: boxer Jack Dempsey, comedian Jack Benny.

“These guys did nothing but go out and have a few cocktails,” said Jimmy Rittenberg, who owned Faces, which Caray visited 14 times in 1972. “I don’t know how they did it. They were 20, 30 years older than me and I couldn’t keep up with them.”

Jan. 16 something unusual happens. Caray is in Miami, yet there are no expenses, just one enigmatic word, “Super.”

After that break, if indeed it was, comes 288 consecutive days in bars, not only in Chicago, but New York City, and of course on the road with the Sox, beginning with spring training in Sarasota.

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Friday, 6 June 2014 17:27 (seven years ago) link

two months pass...

Free BP article on some staff faves; decent read including the comments, where the writers are taken to task for picking hometown guys, which the commenters then mostly do as well.

I didn't know Dewayne Staats likes to call balls "non-strikes."

son of a lewd monk (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 7 August 2014 16:00 (seven years ago) link

eight months pass...

Are broadcasters employed by the network or the team? Mix of both? How much does it matter? In some cases, the network is owned or co-owned by the team, right? (eg YES)

WilliamC, Wednesday, 15 April 2015 19:21 (six years ago) link

it used to be a mix, but maybe team is increasingly the answer?

the increasing costive borborygmi (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 15 April 2015 19:27 (six years ago) link

That's sort of my thinking too. I wish Cot's had a broadcasters section — I'd love to know who's cutting the checks to the mouths who jibjab on my teevee. In the case of the Braves I'd guess Fox for Chip and the team for Joe Simpson, but who the hell knows for sure?

WilliamC, Wednesday, 15 April 2015 19:40 (six years ago) link

i'd be pretty sure the guys sitting next to each other have the same boss.

the increasing costive borborygmi (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 15 April 2015 19:41 (six years ago) link

hmm, not sure I could assume that.

WilliamC, Wednesday, 15 April 2015 19:59 (six years ago) link

search: jim deshaies

mookieproof, Friday, 17 April 2015 23:39 (six years ago) link

He'll probably not want to be seen making calls during the broadcast.

clemenza, Sunday, 19 April 2015 23:38 (six years ago) link

three months pass...

not really the right thread but w/e

the centerstage w/ chris russo is amazing, in response to why he got sent to boarding school -

"in 8th grade i got a 50 on a spanish final and my mother loved spanish and her beloved only child gets a 50 on the final she said thats it get him outta here"

johnny crunch, Friday, 14 August 2015 23:03 (six years ago) link

That's it, huh?

Andy K, Saturday, 15 August 2015 12:07 (six years ago) link

well he also said that lebron is no michael jordan

johnny crunch, Saturday, 15 August 2015 20:49 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

this is a bad list

mookieproof, Wednesday, 12 July 2017 01:55 (four years ago) link

Had no idea that Steve Berthiaume likes baseball so much.

Andy K, Wednesday, 12 July 2017 02:25 (four years ago) link

That was the worst list

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 12 July 2017 03:20 (four years ago) link

Keith Hernandez really needs an intervention where he is told that every truth he introduces with "When I was a kid" IS AN ILLUSION.

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 15 July 2017 23:58 (four years ago) link

Keith: "You could count on the guys like Mays, McCovey, Jimmy Davenport every year"

Davenport (SFG 3b)'s WAR in his seasons as a regular, 1958-69:

1.3, 1.8. 1.1, 2.9, 4.8, 0.9, 1.2, -0.2, 1.2, 3.5, 0.1, -0.4

Decent career, and could charitably be called consistent for perhaps his first 5 seasons. (When Keith was a Bay Area rooter between ages 4 and 9, which is the relevant stat here.)

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 16 July 2017 00:13 (four years ago) link

I guess I am going to have to fire up the archive of last night's Cards game; from FB:

Tim McCarver just went on an epic rant (even for him) against pitch counts, sabermetrics, and the world in general. Anyone have the ability to get video of the bottom of the 5th? It was unreal. I wasn't even mad, just laughing. Dan McLaughlin, the play by play guy, did an amazing job of egging him on and subtly mocking him.[

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:47 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

.@RealMichaelKay: An over-reliance on analytics likely cost the Yankees in the ALDS.

— YES Network (@YESNetwork) October 10, 2018

mookieproof, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 21:39 (three years ago) link

such a massive idiot

The NYT Mag article on the Mets' booth a couple weeks ago was pretty good

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 11 October 2018 01:45 (three years ago) link

Who was the guy on the left? He was right -- Sanchez and Stanton had a terrible approach against a pitcher who couldn't throw strikes.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Thursday, 11 October 2018 05:30 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

2019 will be the final season for
steve blass (pirates)
marty brennaman (reds)

mookieproof, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 17:55 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

kirsten karbach, the minors' first female play-by-play broadcaster, has moved up to double-a reading. still a long way from MLB, but it's a big step up from the florida state league

mookieproof, Thursday, 7 February 2019 00:56 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

wtf len kasper axed by the cubs and is now on white sox radio?

at least he can still say Chicogo in that weird way he does i guess, but that’s pretty fucked up

mookieproof, Friday, 4 December 2020 07:21 (ten months ago) link

wow. honestly, i have better hopes for the 2020-25 chisox than the chisox (even with larussa), so maye it can make sense

Karl Malone, Friday, 4 December 2020 08:25 (ten months ago) link

one month passes...

'boog' sciambi is the cubs' new tv pbp guy

mookieproof, Monday, 4 January 2021 16:38 (nine months ago) link

I still miss Boog from his one (?) season with the barves. But I haven't heard him in years, don't know if he's still good not bad.

Motoroller Scampotron (WmC), Monday, 4 January 2021 17:04 (nine months ago) link

i've liked him on espn. and he's kind of goofy in a way that should work well with deshaies

mookieproof, Monday, 4 January 2021 17:15 (nine months ago) link

six months pass...

Somebody should take Eric Karros to the side and tell him he's starting to look like Dr. Steve Brule.

Profiles in Liquid Courage (WmC), Saturday, 10 July 2021 23:45 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

vasgersian out on espn sunday nights

mookieproof, Wednesday, 6 October 2021 23:28 (two weeks ago) link

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