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  1. I was happy to see the Yankees broadcast ranked last. I have XM radio in my car and it awesomely provides a radio broadcast for the baseball games, which I love while I’m driving. However, it only plays the home team. I wanted to listen to the Rays game, but had to suffer through the Yankees radio broadcast. My biggest complaint with them is that they just never stop talking. They’re constantly saying things and never let the game speak for itself. Frustrating.

    Comment by CSJ — May 15, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

  2. I have only listened to one Padres radio broadcast in recent history and have to agree with the Medifast comment. I am surprised that there is no mention of Leitner talking about “my Padres” when the team is winning and “your Padres” when they’re losing. Maybe because for this season and last season it’s probably all been “your Padres.” This characteristic of his broadcasting is even mentioned on his Wikipedia page. So there’s that.

    Comment by Drakos — May 15, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

  3. Ha-Ha Scossialism-THAT IS AWESOME.

    Comment by I am a Red Sux Fan — May 15, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

  4. Blue Jays have to be soon. Sorry Buck.

    Comment by tdotsports1 — May 15, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

  5. Read the article… it’s for radio. The Jays radio broadcasters are great.

    Comment by Hoof — May 15, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

  6. there was never a doubt about who #30 would be

    Comment by geefee — May 15, 2012 @ 1:23 pm

  7. The plight of the White Sox fan. If you want to follow your team, you have to choose between a television broadcast that is the absolute worst in baseball and a radio broadcast that is only the second worst in baseball.

    Comment by steex — May 15, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

  8. White Sox – farmer could be a good color man. He is NOT PBP. Jackson is boring, if you like that. this team does not work well together.
    Cubs – Hughes is a joy with PBP, and Moreland is coming along nicely.
    I wish Santo had just retired, (instead of the other) Moreland would be more welcomed. i never understood the santo love on the radio.
    How come the Cubs get 2 excellent booths, and the White Sox have 2 of the worst?

    Comment by Tom Beinborn — May 15, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

  9. I am stunned that the Reds are not in the bottom 10. Some of the rocks in my yard are more insightful than Jeff Brantley.

    Comment by Brendo — May 15, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

  10. Reading comprehension has to come soon. Sorry tdotsportsfan.

    Comment by AnonJaysFan — May 15, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

  11. Radio. Only masochists listen to Hawk on a regular basis.

    I actually think Farmer and Jackson aren’t that bad. Farmer seems to know something about pitching, he’s just much better suited to color commentary. Jackson is probably better suited to…something that doesn’t involve describing baseball to people.

    Whoever said they hate each other obviously hasn’t watched Hawk and Stone do a broadcast together in the middle of a losing streak. That’s hate. Real, palpable, frightening hate.

    Comment by MikeS — May 15, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

  12. Have to agree on the Mariners ranking. Rizzs has a good radio voice and does the play-by-play well enough, but I only can even stand listening to the M’s broadcasters when Levine is doing the color. Rizzs/Levine would be a top-10 team for me, but the other Ken, Fairly, and pretty much anyone else who fills in is exceptionally awful the the point where I want to just turn it off.

    Comment by Eric Dykstra — May 15, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

  13. I’ve been looking forward to this series. Interested to see where the Braves’ crew stacks up.

    Comment by Anon21 — May 15, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

  14. I like Charly Steiner because when I’m listening to him I don’t feel like the only drunk guy in the car.

    Comment by Brazen Reader — May 15, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

  15. steex — This was my first thought as well.

    Thanks for this Carson. This and the TV ratings are great. Looking forward to the rest of the list.

    Comment by Johnny Come Lately — May 15, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

  16. #30 somehow isn’t low enough for Sterling & Waldman, and I’m a Yankee fan. How did they even break 2.0?

    Comment by Mario Mendoza of commenters — May 15, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

  17. Buck Martinez is just an awful, terrible, blight on our TV broadcasts, but honestly I don’t think Jerry Howarth is much better. He is out of touch and cliched. The broadcast becomes instantly more interesting when Alan Ashby and Mike Wilner are in the booth.

    Tom Cheek – Gone way way way too soon. He was the best.

    Comment by Big Jgke — May 15, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

  18. Ted Leitner is the absolute worst – I don’t see how Padres fans can stand listening to that guy and the way he talks fast then slows down without any reason. It was so annoying, I couldn’t make it through an entire game. It reminded me a bit of Joe Angel when he was a Giants announcer – so glad he’s gone now. The Angels are just plain boring, but I enjoyed listening to Dodgers games so I’m surprised they are listed this low – Charley Steiner has a nice, smooth delivery. Having spent a lot of time in the Seattle area too, I found the Mariners broadcasts to be average but probably not in the lower echelon.

    Comment by Giants Fan #2 — May 15, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

  19. I’ve never listened to even a third of the broadcast teams out there but I had no doubt who would be ranked dead last.

    How do they keep their jobs? I just don’t understand.

    Comment by RandomNYYfan — May 15, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

  20. Will be interesting to see where the Phillies duo ends up. Larry Anderson is a complete homer but Franzke does a great job.

    Comment by nik — May 15, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

  21. As a Yankees fan I can assure everyone else out there that if you think it was a misdeed that your team’s announcers were not ranked last, you are mistaken. Listening to static would be better than listening to Sterling and Waldman. The only way to tolerate how awful they are is to convince yourself that the fact they are broadcasting Yankees games is actually just a big scam conjured up by some Yankee head-honcho to make listening to radio so intolerable that die-hard Yankees fans are forced to stay home during games and turn on YES.

    Regardless of how intriguing or close a game may be, if I have to leave my house during it and get in my car I would rather just repeatedly refresh my phone to see updates than listen to Waldman and Sterling.

    Comment by Ryan — May 15, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

  22. Cool series. Maybe its because I didn’t grow listening to the earlier Dodger broadcasters, but I like listening to the current crew. Seem to have a good description of the game and good radio voices. Outside of the Braves, I would definitely listen to the Dodgers, Giants, Phillies and Mets crews.

    Comment by Yaz — May 15, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

  23. From the few Twins games I’ve heard on the radio, it’s clear that I love Cory Provus. I don’t know about everyone else, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Twins get into the middle third of baseball radio broadcasts when you do this again mid-season.

    Comment by Bryz — May 15, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

  24. When you listen to John Sterling call a game, it’s like you’re actually listening to TWO games: there’s the game that John Sterling is calling, and the game being played on the field.

    Any ball that’s in the air, even if it’s an obvious infield fly, Sterling is convinced the ball is leaving the ballyard. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard a call like, “Taken outside and low, ball four, and Vargas has walked in the tying run! …But called strike three by the umpire.”

    He is such a waste of a great radio voice. Waldman’s no great shakes, either, but Sterling is high, far, and gone the main problem here.

    Comment by wayne tolleson — May 15, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

  25. The Yankees radio announcers are indeed the worst. But for TV announcers you’d be hard-pressed to beat the White Sox* clowns. Referring to the opposing team as “the bad guys” is the most amateurish garbage there is.

    *Angels comes in a close second. Watch any Angels broadcast and count how many pitches before the announcers claim the umpire is squeezing the Halos pitcher.
    “Where was that one, Goobie?”
    “I dunno, Phys, maybe the Mariners have Gary Cederstrom on their payroll!”

    Comment by eephus_pitch — May 15, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

  26. Ryan pretty much summed it up. They are so unbearable to listen to. I still get chuckles out of John Sterling calling a Matsui HR an “A-Bomb”

    The hierarchy of how I can view my Yankee Games:

    -YES
    -Online updates/mobile updates
    -ESPN games(can listen to and watch since Miller and Morgan are gone)
    -FOX Games(usually muted because of Buck and McCarver)
    -Sterling and Waldman

    Comment by Thomas — May 15, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

  27. You can see all of the TV broadcast rankings by clicking on the link in the first sentence of this article.

    Comment by Johnny Come Lately — May 15, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

  28. YES broadcasts are best if you have Michael Kay-blocking installed on your television. Give me Singleton and Leiter or Cone, any day.

    Comment by eephus_pitch — May 15, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

  29. Oh, goodie.

    Comment by eephus_pitch — May 15, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

  30. The Twins 0.7 difference between Charisma and Analysis was the biggest gap of the ten. If I recall correctly, this was the case for the Twins in the TV rankings as well.

    Comment by glassSheets — May 15, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

  31. I have to say, as a Braves fan, I’m fairly surprised not to see them in the bottom ten here. Surely that must be a product of the sheer ineptitude of the other broadcasting booths rather than the performance of Skip and Joe.

    Comment by Rob — May 15, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

  32. I think the Yanks should have had their own introduction page like the White Sox for TV. It is so painful. Just thinking of it conjures up all those awful sounds. waldman’s screeching, “An A-BOMB… for A-ROD”, “ohhhhhhh, the Grandyman Can!” STFU!

    Comment by jon — May 15, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

  33. Oh not to mention the stupid “Teix Message” nonsense for Teixeira Home Runs. Ugh, i could go on but i have to shut off my computer now.

    Comment by jon — May 15, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

  34. Carson: As one of those who wishes Milo Hamilton would be ridden out of town on a “pole”, I hope you know that you have put a large target on Dave Raymond’s back. (It has to be large so Milo can see where to stick the knife……) And I don’t care what you say, the Houston radio broadcast team will always be #30 until that carnival flim-flam geek has assumed room temperature. (Happy Mother Day, Milo.)

    Comment by Mark Houston — May 15, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

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    Comment by BryanMichael — May 15, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

  36. Well, now I’m all confused, cause Skip Caray is dead. But if you meant Chip and Joe, you’re thinking of the TV crew, which is ranked in a separate set of posts linked in the first sentence of this post. This is the radio series.

    Comment by Anon21 — May 15, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

  37. Note on the twins “classic” home run call… totally ripped off from that most ignored, underrated and, sadly, no longer with us, fantastic broadcaster for the Toronto Blue Jays, Tom Cheek, whose 1993 home run call for Joe Carter (as well as many others throughout his career, spanning some 4347 consecutive games including playoffs before being stricken with terminal cancer) “Touch em all, Joe, you’ll never hit a bigger one than that” echoes through the years. It’s a crime that he’s STILL being ignored for the Ford C. Frick… damn biased American voters. I said it. 4347!!!! C”mon!

    Comment by Paul Boudreau — May 15, 2012 @ 3:35 pm

  38. The Reds were miss ranked compared to the Tigers and the Phillies and even the Yankees this poll is more about Baseball voices than the fact that baseball done right is the most fun of any game,but it does miss some of the great voices and plain old baseball boys that used to be there ,

    Comment by David Silverwood — May 15, 2012 @ 3:39 pm

  39. John Sterling sure “juiced one” this time.

    Comment by Jake Albrecht — May 15, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

  40. David Silverwood,
    What in the world is that comment in reference to?

    Anyhow, I am eagerly anticipating what people had to say about the Tigers’ broadcast booth. Dan Dickerson is the definition of class, and a rightful heir to Ernie Harwell. Jim Price, on the other hand, ehhhh… former 25th man on the ’68 roster and just drones on sometimes when Dan doesn’t keep him in check. Man… Every time i hear “Batting thuuuurd…” Ugh.

    Still a plus broadcast team, however.

    Comment by Patrick — May 15, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

  41. There’s a lot of reasons to hate Hawk, but every announcer I ever listened to, going back to Harry Caray, has called the opposition the “bad guys.” Harry used to say things like “Bad guys 2, good, good GOOD guys 4.”

    Comment by MikeS — May 15, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

  42. Man I love a good surprise Lebowski reference: “YOU’RE KILLING YOUR FATHER, LARRY!”

    Comment by Greg — May 15, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

  43. Who can forget this? As far as i’m concerned this is a close to an absolute nadir of the broadcasting profession as one can have:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fdtn0Z4o8cM

    Comment by Big Jgke — May 15, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

  44. Uecker will be #1…

    Comment by johnicus g — May 15, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

  45. While driving through the midwest I once hear the White Sox broadcasters talk about Wil Nieves. In what took about 5 minutes they explained that since Nieves means “snow” in Spanish, if Wil’s middle name was “It” his name would be “Will It Snow”. By far the most useless commentary I’ve heard on the radio.

    Comment by gontach — May 15, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

  46. I like Charley and Rick more than the average Dodger fan, but I can see why people don’t like them. For one, they make it painfully clear how bored they are during blow outs or extra innings games. And Charley Steiner is not the most descriptive guy. There’s usually one or two plays per game where something will happen and I won’t know whether or not the player was called safe or out (usually on a routine play, e.g. “he lines one to right field and up comes the next batter”).

    Comment by ben — May 15, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

  47. tupac shakur, he was the best. rest in peace.

    Comment by gweedoh565 — May 15, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

  48. “I still get chuckles out of John Sterling calling a Matsui HR an ‘A-Bomb.'”

    It was actually “a thrilla… from Godzilla!”

    It’s A-Rod’s HR’s that are termed, “An A-BOMB, from A-Rod!”

    The worst calls must be the ones for Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira.

    Comment by wayne tolleson — May 15, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

  49. I’ve got the Braves in my personal top 3. Hope they rank out highly here.

    Comment by Krog — May 15, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

  50. I don’t need to try meth after listening to a Padres broadcast.

    Comment by Krog — May 15, 2012 @ 4:42 pm

  51. Agreed, I’d expect them in the next batch.

    Comment by DD — May 15, 2012 @ 4:45 pm

  52. Gordon began using it in 1987, and used it for Kirby Puckett’s HR in the 1991 world series. In fact, that HR is the only time he said it twice for one HR.

    Gordon credits Dick Enberg with using the call first, but Carter’s 1993 HR is not the genesis of this HR call.

    http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110916&content_id=24806182&c_id=min&vkey=news_min

    Comment by glassSheets — May 15, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

  53. If a Family Guy episode were to feature a satirically over-the-top old-timey baseball radio broadcaster voiced by Seth MacFarlane it would sound exactly like Ted Leitner .

    Comment by Dexter Bobo — May 15, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

  54. “Positively Swish-a-licious” is the worst.

    Sterling wasn’t always this bad. Before the Yankees were good, he focused a lot more on actually calling the game instead of the ridiculous, self-aggrandizing homerun calls. I guess somebody must like them, but it’s just terrible.
    And Suzyn Waldman…. well, she seems like a nice enough lady. Just keep her away from the microphone.

    Comment by eephus_pitch — May 15, 2012 @ 5:14 pm

  55. I’m going to be outraged if the Giants (Jon Miller and Dave Fleming) are any lower than 5th (Kuiper and Krukow are also quite good, but they do mostly TV these days).

    Comment by walt526 — May 15, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

  56. I love me some Eric Nadel.

    Comment by Daniel — May 15, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

  57. Oh, there’s a doubt.

    You just can’t predict baseball, Suzyn.

    Comment by samuelraphael — May 15, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

  58. Just a clarification on Farmer/DJ…I can’t quibble with their low rating, but they have been good friends for over 20 years. I wouldn’t call it “odd couple” or “hating each other.” More like: when attempted inside jokes go wrong.

    Comment by GBeck15 — May 15, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

  59. How about when he calls himself, “Uncle Teddy?”

    Comment by wagon — May 15, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

  60. I’ve been listening to Sterling for as long as I can remember. Its definitely a love hate relationship. For example every time its a big moment and I get a “That ball is high, nnit is far, iiiiit iiis, CAUGHTon the outfield grass just behind second base”. ….seriously? You’ve watched literally thousands of baseball games and you still have a false positive homerun call rate of about 90%? ….but i’ve been listening for so long I’ve adapted and don’t get excited until I get confirmation from Suzyn…. ….Sure, Sterling is a jack ass, and he screws up just about every call, and he repeats the same cliches so much he’s cliched the cliches, but when I hear his voice it means the Yankees are playing and I’m happy. He’s a part of the Yankee family…

    Comment by Jason H — May 15, 2012 @ 11:45 pm

  61. “Jorgie Juiced One!” was my personal favorite.

    “Bernie goes Booom” was pretty good too.

    …I have to say, I’d love to be there during the brainstorming process when he’s coming up with these things. What the hell is he throwing away if these are the keepers?!

    Comment by Jason H — May 15, 2012 @ 11:51 pm

  62. ….somehow I knew what that was going to be before clicking on the link.

    Comment by Jason H — May 15, 2012 @ 11:52 pm

  63. I’m glad to see the Sterling and Waldman leading the pack in awfulness. I’ve seldom listened to any other announcers, but it is hard to imagine any body more ridiculous than Sterling and Waldman. It is hard to imagine how they ever got their jobs. I mean, this is the Yankees, ffs. …and yet we are subject to a clown with poor eyesight and the woman with the most shrill Boston accent ever. Its like a cruel joke.

    But still, I’ve learned to love them. I’ve been listening for so long I’ve come to accept their idiosyncrasies. ….now I often find myself singing “The Grandy Man can, oh, the Grandy Man can”.

    Comment by Jason H — May 16, 2012 @ 12:01 am

  64. Oh, but it’s not the home run calls that are the worst. It’s not that. No – it’s that John Sterling CAN. NOT. call an ongoing play. Whenever anything whatsoever happens, you just sort of have to wait patiently as he gets though a few moments of agitated stammering, and then let him retrospectively sort things out at his leisure before you know what’s going on. How does he have a job? How?

    Comment by Mario Incandenza — May 16, 2012 @ 12:12 am

  65. Yep, the trick is to not look to John for information about the game beyond whether something important is happening (and even then, he is likely to be wrong about it). When John gets excited about something you have to sit back for 20 seconds or so and then let Suzyn sort it out. She’ll explain it to John. John will then explain why he thought the popup to third base was a homerun to right. Eventually you find out what is going on in the game. It works as long as you don’t get frustrated and expect the game in real time.

    Comment by Jason H — May 16, 2012 @ 12:23 am

  66. Funny John Sterling fact: his second most common cliche after “You can’t predict baseball” is “You have to watch the games”. ….I love that a radio announcer tells the listeners that they have to watch the games at least four or five times a game.

    Comment by Jason H — May 16, 2012 @ 12:26 am

  67. “Jackson is probably suited…”

    Perfect, got a true laugh out of me. Keep it coming.

    Comment by shmmrname — May 16, 2012 @ 12:39 am

  68. Farmer’s one of the more knowledgeable commentators I’ve heard and his wackiness is understated compared to most other broadcasts, which I personally prefer. I think he’s an OK PBP, but he tends to sound bored a lot, and his voice can get grating after a while. I don’t know what DJ brings to the table. I’d love to hear Farmer with a real color guy, or Farmer as the color next to a different PBP guy.

    You can tell that Stone spends every broadcast thinking to himself “is it even worth it having a job in baseball broadcasting if I have to work with this shithead?”

    Comment by Nick — May 16, 2012 @ 2:08 am

  69. That’s too bad. I’m an A’s fan and never get a sense of boredom from the broadcasts. I’ve left the radio on during blowouts just to hear more of the stories and reminiscing that come then.
    It’s also super clear what happened, and the score is announced pretty much like clockwork (in fact, I think I’ve read that lead announcer Ken Korach uses a time to remind himself to give the score).

    Comment by Hands Four — May 16, 2012 @ 4:04 am

  70. timer, that is…

    Comment by Hands Four — May 16, 2012 @ 4:05 am

  71. especially considering that from what you guys are saying, watching the games isn’t even doing him a heck of a lot of good.
    That the New York Yankees, of all teams, have such inept and hokey announcers is rather mind-boggling.

    Comment by Hands Four — May 16, 2012 @ 4:10 am

  72. Also surprised the Reds didn’t show up here. I agree about Brantley, and the elder Brennaman is notoriously grumpy and also openly disdainful of the players, and not rarely.

    Comment by Kris — May 16, 2012 @ 7:37 am

  73. There are a fair amount of booths mentioned in the comments in anticipation of where they will rank now that they’ve escaped the bottom third. As I’d expect them to do well, I’m a little surprised one of them wasn’t the Shannon/Rooney Cardinal team. Or at least I didn’t see them.

    Comment by Ken Bland — May 16, 2012 @ 7:48 am

  74. I’m in my 48th year as a Yankee fan. I snuck the transistor radio under the pillow at night when I was a kid. I went to a three-game series on my honeymoon and my first kid is named after Lou Piniella. All true.

    Also true. I cannot listen to Sterling and Waldman. Never. It’s like listening to my parents talk about their trip to the fruit stand at the breakfast table, still in their bathrobes. The reasons are all well known. I’ll find the Spanish language broadcast before I’d consider listening to them, and I don’t speak Spanish. I’ll put Gamecast on the PC or smartphone and broadcast the game to myself. I don’t care much for Ed`Farmer and Jackson but the gap between them at 29 and the Regis/Kathie Lee wannabes at 30 is greater than the gap from 1 to 29, whomever it might be.

    Comment by Steve — May 16, 2012 @ 8:09 am

  75. As a Sox fan, I’m shocked Farmer and DJ are so low. I’m going to justify the radio rankings as “spilled over despise” for Hawk and Stoney. I find DJ hysterical, especially during comments like “rocket surgery.” And Farmer is a different, improved man than he was 10 years ago.

    Comment by Scott — May 16, 2012 @ 8:18 am

  76. I loved Corey with Bob Uecker and it’s so much better to listen to the Twins with him around.

    Comment by jen — May 16, 2012 @ 10:04 am

  77. Geffner of the Marlins has the habit of saying a “ch” sound in place of “tw” one. So 2012 becomes “two thousand chelve”. Unfortunately I focus in on this and can’t escape the gravitational pull of it. It completely throws me off the broadcast and I can’t recover.

    Wonders if this is a correctable speech impediment….

    Comment by Curt — May 16, 2012 @ 10:39 am

  78. Reds aren’t in bottom ten because Marty is THAT good. Gotta agree ‘cowboy’ is bad, really bad. A “this one belongs to the Reds!” is a good one. I’ve been hearing that for 25+ years and it never gets old.

    Comment by Curt — May 16, 2012 @ 10:41 am

  79. I feel like Sterling has been making better calls since they moved him into New Yankee Stadium. Maybe he has a better view to where to ball is going or a better angle now.

    Waldman is just unbearable. I would keep Jon and get rid of her.

    Comment by Peter R — May 16, 2012 @ 11:06 am

  80. Don’t be so harsh on Brantley. He can actually profile what a pitcher throws pretty well.

    Comment by Murph — May 16, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

  81. As an O’s fan I’m shocked we’re not at the bottom. Fred Manfra is so bad he gets the DIRECTIONS of fly balls wrong. To go from the great Jon Miller to him is madness.

    Comment by eric — May 16, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

  82. At least we had a good radio crew for the 2005 title. That was Rooney’s last year, and he’s a real PBP guy (with Farmer on commentary, for which he’s much better suited). That was one of the 5 best in the game at that point, unfortunately Rooney wanted to go broadcast for his boyhood team, the Cards. Not much the Sox could do about that, same thing happened when Wayne Larivee left the Bears to do Packers games.

    I don’t really mind Hawk unless the umps blow a call or two and he goes off the rails. Steve Stone is great.

    Comment by Yinka Double Dare — May 16, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

  83. i am NOT a padres fan, but i find ted VERY entertaining. having grown up in south jersey listening to philadelphia radio, i think he sounds like an old philly DJ. his style is unique; he’s enthusiastic; and he’s not afraid to say what he thinks. with a team as boring as this padres bunch, he makes me want to listen.

    Comment by Gary — May 16, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

  84. The chemistry between Pat and Ron was brilliant. Not the same with Moreland, but he’s not bad.

    Comment by Poppinthekap — May 16, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

  85. Yeah, I tend to agree. Steiner and Monday are starting to grow on me, but like many other Dodgers fans, it drives me nuts that Steiner can’t properly read a fly ball and as you pointed out, some of his descriptions don’t make any sense. I was listening the Dodgers/Rockies 2-1 game on Saturday evening and Steiner was having all kinds of trouble with all the warning track fly balls hit that night… He’d be great if he could clean some of that up…

    Comment by Pete — May 16, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

  86. I’m glad to see that the Mariners are ranked about where they belong. Rizzs is unbearable.

    Comment by john from ballard — May 16, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

  87. “Jackson? Nice area!”

    Sometimes he’ll even do that right away before Dan is done telling him where the contestant is from. Always makes me chuckle, especially when it’s a place he’s obviously never been (and obviously is not a nice area).

    Comment by Jack — May 16, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

  88. Suzyn’s most memorable contribution is the Roger Clemens announcement. Come on, now.

    Comment by Alex — May 16, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

  89. Original poster was referring to the time Sterling started his A-Rod call and then realized it was Matsui, thereby referring to a homerun by a Japanese player as an atomic weapon.

    I was actually listening to that game in my car at the time; I laughed so hard I almost drove off the highway…

    Comment by Snowblind — May 16, 2012 @ 5:57 pm

  90. Yankees fan in SoCal who drives home for an hour around 7PM pacific hence 4 comments.
    1. Don’t understand why the Yankees refuse to spend some free agent dollars to field talent in the radio booth. John and Suzyn are just silly and too much of a bad thing so their ranking of last is probably deserved. Suzyn was tolerable on TV many years ago, but her Roger Clemens announcement mentioned above and John’s bizarre HR calls make it all cheesy, which is sad because John can be a good voice that he deliberately abuses. “The Grandyman Can”, but we knew that already.

    2. AM830 – Terry Smith of the Angels is fine. He’s kind of like an uncle or grandpa who’s trying to play nice. His excitement in a call sounds a little forced when a HR is hit and his final words after an Angel victory “You can put a Halo over this one” can’t match “Just Another Halo Victory” – Rory Marcus or “Light Up The Halo” – Steve Psycsycsychsioc. Yes, he’s a homer, but not so much this year. The late Rory Marcus and Terry Smith were actually a fine listen. On the other hand, Jose Mota does love the aforementioned Scioscialism movement and despite his value of being bilingual he’s just not that great, but seems to have gotten more comfortable when speaking. Mark Langston is now being tried out on Angels radio from time to time. He has a long way to go to be a version of David Cone/Al Leiter on the Yankees tv side, but his act has played well so far.

    3. AM570 Rick Monday (old school) has a nice voice and Charlie Steiner (a goof) actually work well together. So basically on the drive home I can’t help but always recall Monday grabbing the American flag from protestors and Steiner laughing his ass off over Carl Lewis’ rendition of the national anthem from his ESPN days. It’s an easy listen, but sometimes you feel like they aren’t letting you in on a joke they may have told each other and I don’t always know the score.

    4. Then I turn on The Mighty XX 1090 and have to avoid pounding the steering wheel and swerving through traffic unintentionally as Ted Leitner drives me toward insanity. His voice and tempo is just plain awful and very annoying. Slow down and stop being so sing-songy. Not only is it not funny, I can’t understand what your saying.

    That is all…

    Comment by Rich Johnson — May 16, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

  91. The three true outcomes of Rick Rizzs: 1995, 2001, and growing up on the South Side of Chicago.

    Comment by Marinersfan — May 17, 2012 @ 12:05 am

  92. The Yankees radio announcers are the worst in the history of announcers. Sterling never gives the score, the most important part of the game and this dullard is dreaming up his next homer call. Suzyn Waldman is as annoying as her first name is bizarrely spelled. She has nothing useful to add to the broadcast. She should host Yankees on Deck not the game itself. For all you Yankee haters, laugh it up because it’s impossible to do worse than these two.

    Comment by Brian — May 17, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

  93. Ken Levine had a great line during today’s painful, painful Mariners’ game:

    ““Not for the faint of heart: Mariners Baseball”

    Comment by Westside guy — May 18, 2012 @ 1:40 am

  94. The naked sexism in the summary of Waldman is disturbing not so much for its presence in reader comments (which is horrible, but predictable), but for the site’s decision to highlight the comments it did, with no commentary.

    No examples are given of bad baseball discussion from Waldman. Instead, we hear about the “pitch” of her voice–we might as well just come right out and say “the major objection is that she sounds like a woman.”

    Comment by Peter Campbell — May 18, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

  95. Reading the comments, I find no further elaboration of just exactly why Waldman is intolerable: for the male announcers the readers hate, specific examples (of untrue things they say, poor analysis, Waldman’s partner’s premature calls) are given. It is as if Waldman’s unsuitability is so obvious, it doesn’t even need to be explained.

    Comment by Peter Campbell — May 18, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

  96. The problem isn’t that she sounds like a woman, the problem is that the woman she sounds like is Carol Channing.

    Comment by Tim — May 19, 2012 @ 12:44 am

  97. Perhaps I’ve been spoiled by over 50 years of listening to baseball games on radio, stories told by folks who started their announcing careers before TV networks broadcast every game in every market. Dave Niehaus was one of those guys, so good that one hardly remembered that, in the Kingdome, the sky on a summer’s afternoon, at twilight, and late at at night, even the 11th or 12th, was concrete gray. THAT’s good baseball announcing.

    I feel for Rick, honest sympathy for a pup whose master’s gone. But he is a mediocre play-by-play man at best, and so frequently annoying that I sometimes find myself wanting to hear more of Ron Fairly (who, well, let’s just say that his real skill was on the field, not in the press box).

    I loved listening to Ken Levine when he was paired with Dave in the late 1980s, they were a story-telling duo made in heaven. But Levine needs a stronger partner than Rick to allow his unique approach (“a lead-off walk always scores, except when it doesn’t”) to shine. Over the course of last season, and the first bit of this one, I’ve wished for a couple of series with Ken Wilson doing play-by-play and Ken Levine as second chair. I have a sense that team could be terrific. Dream on. Maybe at the same time I should dream for a gold-glove first baseman that hits for power and average, too.

    Comment by Paul Agid — May 19, 2012 @ 3:29 am

  98. Waldman is a radio announcer with a horrible voice. She also slurs like stroke victim.

    Comment by Jeofrey — May 20, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

  99. Just a slight clarification on the Darin Jackson story. They were reading emails from fans and one fan wrote, “Hawk always says to strap it down (as mentioned), football coaches say to strap it up (helmets), so which is correct?” To this Jackson replied, “I don’t think it really matters as long as you don’t strap it on.” I literally spit what I was drinking at the time. Unfortunately the video’s not available anywhere now. Funny stuff.

    Comment by Bdouble — May 1, 2014 @ 6:54 am

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