Broadcaster Rankings (Radio): #20 – #11

#30 – #21

At the beginning of March, we released the results of our television broadcaster rankings — itself the product of reader crowdsourcing that had started in late November. Since then, FanGraphs has asked readers to rate the radio broadcast teams (on a scale of 1-5 for charisma, analysis, and then overall) for all 30 major-league clubs — with the intention, ultimately, of determining which broadcasts might best reflect the sorts of inquiry and analysis performed here at the site.

Below are the 20th- through 11th-ranked radio broadcast teams, per the FanGraphs readership.

But first, three notes:
• Teams are ranked in ascending order of Overall rating. Overall ratings are not merely averages of Charisma and Analysis.
• I’ve attempted to choose reader comments that are either (a) illustrative of the team’s place in the rankings or (b) conspicuously amusing.
• A complete table of ratings and ballots cast will appear in these pages Friday.

20. Kansas City Royals
Broadcasters: Denny Matthews and Bob Davis
Ratings (Charisma/Analysis/Overall): 3.2, 3.1, 3.4

Three Reader Comments
• “Why shold I try to describe Denny Matthews, when I can let Bill James do it for me? ‘His voice has a pleasant timbre which suggests a cheerful occasion. His inflection varies naturally so it’s neither falsely enthusiastic nor boring. He has a dry, understated humor that drifts through much of his audience undetected. One cannot learn these things at a microphone; they are given.’”
• “Listened to them when taking a break from the Jays broadcast… They were a little dull, but I assume an 11-game losing streak will do that.”
• “Matthews sounds like a gruffer Sean Connery without the Scottish accent.”

Notes
Both the television and radio teams for the Royals were restructured over the offseason*, and the result seems to be that Matthews, Steve Physioc, and Ryan Lefebvre will receive the majority of time on radio. Among respondents, there appears to be above-average enthusiasm for Matthews. Finding a suitable partner for him seems to’ve been the problem.

*Credit to reader Brian for the alert.

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19. Colorado Rockies
Broadcasters: Jack Corrigan and Jerry Schemmel
Ratings (Charisma/Analysis/Overall): 3.2, 3.4, 3.5

Three Reader Comments
• “Still seems like the Rockies are still an expansion team when you listen to their broadcasts given the way these guys dumb it down as if speaking to an audience that is new to baseball.”
• “Like their employer, Corrigan and Schemmel emphsaize heart and the sacrifice bunt over statistical analysis.”
• “The Rockies have radio broadcasters?!?”

Notes
A number of respondents note that Schemmel has only recently begun calling baseball games, after serving as the radio voice of the Denver Nuggets (from 1992 to 2009) and that, while perhaps still above average, he has shown an improved (and improving) feel for the pace of baseball.

***

18. Cincinnati Reds
Broadcasters: Marty Brennaman and Jeff Brantley
Ratings (Charisma/Analysis/Overall): 3.7, 3.3, 3.6

Three Reader Comments
• “I’m not sure which is worse: when Marty ignores the action on the field to talk about his golf game or dinner plans, or when the game occasionally attracts his attention and he treats us to withering criticism of players regardless of context or basic human compassion.”
• “Marty Brennaman… views the proceedings through exactly the same prism he did in the 1970s. If he were a doctor, he’d still be using leeches. Still, his old school approach would be fine if he weren’t such an angry man.”
• “Brantley is most adept at analyzing a plate of BBQ ribs and a bowl of ice cream (as listeners know come up way too often), but he’s also pretty good at analyzing baseball, especially pitchers.”

Notes
The uniformity of the comments regarding Brennaman and Brantley is notable. Most respondents regard Brennaman’s play-by-skills — both in terms of his voice and also capacity for narrating play — as impressive, but note that he is not necessarily at peace with the world and the people in it. Brantley appears to be playful in the way a dad is playful — in that he’s endearing but likely to embarrass you in public.

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17. Arizona Diamondbacks
Broadcasters: Greg Schulte and Tom Candiotti
Ratings (Charisma/Analysis/Overall): 3.5, 3.8, 3.7

Two Reader Comments
• “Schulte has a great voice and doesn’t get in the way of the game. He and Candiotti have good chemistry and create a good vibe. Pleasant to listen to.”
• “Overall they have a nice rapport, fairly understated, which is a nice change of pace from Mark ‘THAT’S A BIG BOY!’ Grace… on the TV side.”

Notes
Judging by the grade and lack of votes or comments received (just 24 and two, respectively), Schulte and Candiotti appear to be what they are: the quietly competent broadcaster team for a club (i.e. the Diamondbacks) that lacks a particularly large or devoted fanbase.

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16. New York Mets
Broadcasters: Howie Rose and Wayne Hagin
Ratings (Charisma/Analysis/Overall): 3.7, 3.8, 3.8

Three Reader Comments
• “Here, Carson, I will sum up all the comments you will get: Howie is great, Wayne is terrible.”
• “God help anyone who’s got jury duty during any trial where Wayne Hagin is a material witness.”
• “One of my favorite moments last year was when the team was in San Fran and Hagin was giving an excruciating breakdown of the California highways connecting the major cities. Howie, clearly aware that Wayne was boring the hell out of everyone, cuts in towards the end with a sarcastic, ‘Thank you Vasco De Gama!’”

Notes
For 2012, Hagin has been replaced on the radio side by Josh Lewin, who worked as a television broadcaster with the Rangers from 2002 to 2010 and is known (I think, at least) to be both knowledgable and candid. The pairing of Lewin with Rose should receive higher scores than Hagin and Rose, as the latter is universally beloved, it seems.

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15. Baltimore Orioles
Broadcasters: Joe Angel and Fred Manfra
Ratings (Charisma/Analysis/Overall): 3.9, 3.3, 3.9

Three Reader Comments
• “Like a very comfortable, but rather plain, shoe. Joe and Fred both have good voices, offer few frills (Angel’s home-run call notwithstanding), and provide decent if hardly mind-blowing analysis. Sometimes you’ll want more flair, but you can walk a long way with these guys.”
• “Don’t get into a lot of advanced stats, and they do tend to let the game breathe — not like Vin Scully, but still not cramming every second of air-time, which I do appreciate.”
• “I’ve always loved how Joe Angel calls Manfra ‘big boy.’”

Notes
“Precisely average,” appears to be the most apt description.

***

14. Oakland A’s
Broadcasters: Ken Korach and Vince Cotroneo
Ratings (Charisma/Analysis/Overall): 3.9, 3.9, 4.0

Three Reader Comments
• “Cotroneo has grown on me since coming in after the death of the irreplaceable Bill King. The real star of the show is Korach, who is the perfect balance of steady and excitable.”
• “Vince… puts a ton of effort into analytic research, consistently providing top-notch statistical analysis.”
• “Booming stentorian voices to match the great concrete of the Coliseum.”

Notes
A number of respondents make reference, with great affection, to the late Bill King, who served as the team’s radio voice from 1981 until his death in 2005. Those same respondents generally note that, while lacking King’s appeal, the team of Cotroneo and (especially) Korach is still entirely competent.

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13. Detroit Tigers
Broadcasters: Dan Dickerson and Jim Price
Ratings (Charisma/Analysis/Overall): 4.0, 3.7, 4.1

Three Reader Comments
• “A few years back Dickerson would directly reference things like UZR with regularity. He’s gone away from that a bit, but you can tell he keeps up with the baseball world beyond the booth. He’s also got a pleasant delivery. Outside of his home run call, he stays generally in the restrained tones I prefer from adult males. Jim Price is a buffoon, but his particular buffoonery is good-natured, and easily ignored. I imagine him eating chips, and smiling at his own good fortune whenever he isn’t speaking, and that makes me enjoy him more.”
• “Dan Dickerson is refreshingly SABR aware, but he doesn’t drop too many acronyms during the broadcast. See an interview here.”
• “I… wish they would just replay old Ernie Harwell broadcasts, even if it wouldn’t exactly match up with the game that was occurring at the time.”

Notes
The comments regarding Dickerson are almost uniformly positive, citing both his awareness of statistical analysis and capacity to match his voice (in terms of excitement, drama, etc) to the situation as virtues. Opinions on Price are mixed, and he probably has more detractors than fervent supporters.

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12. Boston Red Sox
Broadcasters: Joe Castiglione and Dave O’Brien
Ratings (Charisma/Analysis/Overall): 4.0, 3.6, 4.1

Three Reader Comments
• “Castiglione can get a bit nasal when excited, but he’s got a fantastic feel for the game and has been around it forever, and he knows when to let the ambient sounds do the talking. O’Brien is a great complement, although I think he sometimes fails to give enough description (particularly of pitch types), which may be a legacy of his having gotten his start as a TV broadcaster.”
• “Unlike other announcers, they will get excited when something big happens, regardless of whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing for the Red Sox.”
• “That ball is way back, deep to left! It’s gonna come down on Landsdowne Street! Better call 1-800-54-GIANT!”

Notes
A criticism that I was surprised not to find among reader comments is that O’Brien, while possessing an excellent voice for radio, might actually suffer for his professionalism. The joy of Castiglione — in this author’s opinion, at least — is that he’s basically a human manifestation of New England; O’Brien, despite having been born in Quincy and growing up in New Hampshire, seems strangely devoid of any regional signifiers.

***

11. Chicago Cubs
Broadcasters: Pat Hughes and Keith Moreland
Ratings (Charisma/Analysis/Overall): 4.2, 3.7, 4.2

Three Reader Comments
• “Pat Hughes is excellent and a treat to listen to. He does an excellent job visually describing the game between the play-by-play. Keith Moreland is adequate.”
• “Pat Hughes is a GREAT play-by-play guy. Super dry sense of humor, very descriptive, and able to carry on meaningless conversations while still calling every aspect of the game (important for Cubs’ many large losses).”
• “Cubs broadcasts are great, whether on radio or TV. Either way, you will learn the color of the opposing team’s trousers.”

Notes
The reponses to this team bear a great deal of resemblence to those for the Tigers radio team above — i.e. overwhelming positive reviews for the play-by-play broadcaster (in this case, Hughes) accompanied by less enthusiastic feelings for the color guy (Moreland).




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  1. gweedoh565 says:

    Wow, just spot-on on the assessment of the Reds broadcasters. A more accurate paragraph could not have been written. The only thing I’d add that wasn’t mentioned is that Marty and Brantley do have a frequently hilarious rapport w/ each other, usually involving Marty condescendingly ripping Brantley and Brantley laughing it off.

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  2. Careless says:

    The cubs rating would have been a lot more interesting a year earlier.

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  3. Mark says:

    I’m not even a Reds fan but I enjoy listening to Marty Brennaman do games. Would much rather have an objective, honest broadcaster like Marty than a homer/cheerleader like Hawk Harrelson. (Ugh.) And I agree with the first comment, Brennaman and Brantley have a good, amusing rapport.

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  4. kcgregory says:

    Bob Davis is and has been an abomination in Royals broadcasts, but there has been much less of him this season as noted. Denny is great, especially when games ‘matter’. We haven’t had a lot of important games in KC.

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  5. Sluggerrr! says:

    Actual Denny Matthews/Fred White (Denny’s former partner) on air conversation:

    Fred: Denny, what’s your favorite part of a blimp?
    Denny: (pause to process the question, likely in shock and disbelief)- Oh, I don’t know. The gondola? What’s yours?
    Fred: The fins.

    As you can see, finding Denny a worthwhile partner has been impossible. But Denny is a HOFer.

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    • Well-Beered Englishman says:

      Actually, based on this conversation, I would tune in to listen to Fred.

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    • shthar says:

      Denny stabbed Fred in the back.

      He deserves to be stuck with bob davis.

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    • KlausChadman says:

      I nearly died laughing at this. The first time I read it, it was just so ridiculous it didn’t really register. But the second time, I could not contain myself. Haven’t laughed so hard in a while.

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  6. Ira says:

    I don’t think Wayne Hagin was bad, but rather his style was out of place in New York. He has a Southern-ish drawl that may be irksome at times. I think he can be a successful broadcaster in a more laid-back market, however.

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    • jpg says:

      I agree. Hagin is a little dry but he isn’t cringe worthy like the Yankees radio team. Rose is great and Gary Cohen was absolutely brilliant before moving to TV.

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    • mauichuck says:

      Well that should put the kibosh on Mell Allen and Red Barber’s careers in NYC.

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    • LeiterWagnerFasterStronger says:

      Leave aside style, or voice, or whatever accoutrements he brought to the table… Wayne Hagin was terrible– TERRIBLE– at clearly describing game action. That’s, like, THE thing you have to do if you’re doing play-by-play.

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  7. oldschoolways says:

    I kind of expected the Sawx guys to be in the top 10. Then again perhaps I just expected them in the top 10 because as a Sawx fan I’m so fond of them personally. I do agree about the pitch description, that is a bit lacking, but the ability to follow the flow of the game is invaluable for radio listening. I think that is my comment about them getting excited about a big play for either side. Excitement, she wrote!

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    • Jonathan says:

      I’m just shocked there was no mention of:

      “That one is way back, waaaay back aaaaand caught in shallow right field.”

      Depth percetion has never been Castiglione’s thing.

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      • Aaron Murray says:

        That’s more a trademark of Joe’s former partner, Jerry Trupiano. That guy was an oaf. I listen to most Sox games and find Joe to be good at telling when a ball is close and when it’s gone.

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  8. MrMojoRisin says:

    I know as a New Englander that Castiglione is beloved by Red Sox Nation, but as a non-Sox fan he is annoying. His nasally voice is irritating and there is too much extraneous non-baseball chatter. Add to the fact that the channel they broadcast on also oversells advertising, like the one commentator noted. Every hit, out, & pitch is sponsored by something to the detriment of the game.
    Then again, maybe I’m just mad that the great Howie Rose couldn’t carry the hideous Wayne Hagin any higher. On the bright side the new guy, Lewin is very good, so maybe next year the Mets will have both of the best announcers. (This side of Vin Scully.)

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    • Jonathan says:

      Even as a Sox fan, I have to admit that Castiglione is a bit more homerish than I’d care for sometimes.

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    • Daniel says:

      why can’t lewin come back to the Rangers’ TV broadcasting…so much better than barnett

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    • Scott Clarkson says:

      Yeah, Castiglione sounds like someone just killed his favorite pet when a game gets one-sided against the Sox. If you tune in and it sounds like Joe has been lobotomized then there’s a good chance they’re down by 5+.

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      • Keith says:

        I agree about Joe’s demeanor when the Sox are down several runs. It’s made it very difficult to listen to games this season since it’s more or less a daily occurrence.

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  9. Lewis says:

    Howie rose and josh Lewin have been amazing in my opinion this year. They seem to get along well and have a similar sense of humor. Plus Lewin has been dropping some sabermetric stuff into the broadcasts.

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    • Keystone Heavy says:

      I wish Lewin was still with the Rangers. He may be a dork, be he is more likable than Dave Barnett. Really brought out Tom Grieve’s personality.

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  10. j6takish says:

    Jim Price is a former player, which is pretty typical for a color guy. But he was a member of the ’68 World Champion squad so most of his stories are irrelevant and don’t go anywhere. It’s like listening to your grandpa ramble about how he used to tie an onion to his belt, as was the style at the time

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    • Nathan says:

      Haha, so true. If they had a better color guy, Dickerson is good enough to hold them up in the top 5.

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      • Andrew says:

        Yeah, they would be better with someone else. But the dude has cancer, so it’s not like you can fire him.

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  11. srock says:

    Orioles: Joe Angel is timeless, top 5 in my book. Manfra is replacement level. So exactly average might be a decent spot for the combo. But to me Joe Angel is top notch on the radio.

    I’ll agree they don’t go deep with stats, pretty old school.

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  12. Chris says:

    Let me start out by saying that I am a Cubs fan. But i have lived in Cincinnati for almost 10 years now and for the early part of that time i frequently listened to Marty and enjoyed it. But i agree with the criticism of him in that he managed to alienate me by some of his comments. Specifically when he expressed his hatred for not on the Cubs organization but the fans as well. Since that time i have refused to listen to reds broadcasts.

    Now when discussing the Cubs broadcast team i agree that Pat Hughes is great and the Moreland is just ok. But I think it was going to be a tough road for whoever took over after Ronny. I think if you asked us about the broadcast team with Ronny they would be ranked in the top 5.

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    • Yinka Double Dare says:

      If people were being objective they would have ranked several spots lower with Santo, who barely offered any analysis beyond “ALL RIGHT!” or “OH MAN” or completely random thoughts not having to do with the game at hand, or stories about his dog, etc. Pat Hughes is great though.

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  13. jpg says:

    If only my Mets were as good as their broadcast teams…We had McCarver back when he was at the top of his game. Kiner, Nelson, Thorne,

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  14. kv18schn says:

    Howie Rose is probably the most underrated broadcaster in all of sports. Not only does he do a fantastic job with the mets (PITTB!), but he’s called great Rangers and Islander games.

    As for Lewin, he’s pretty weird. Somewhat reminds me of a clown and him and Howie have somewhat of a rocky relationship thus far. He needs a better call and gets too excited over fly balls.

    If I could have it, I’d take Howie Rose all day solo.

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  15. jpg says:

    If only my Mets were as good as their broadcast teams…We had McCarver back when he was at the top of his game. Kiner, Nelson, Murphy, Thorne, Gary Keith & Ron, Rose…The only one that was really awful was Seaver, though I wasn’t a huge fan Ted Robinson.

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    • Jeffrey Paternostro says:

      Well there were also the years and years of Fran Healey, who I personally have a soft sport for but who otherwise seems to be reviled by the rest of Mets fandom.

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      • jpg says:

        Ha that’s a good one I forgot about Healy. I too have a soft spot for him but yeah reviled is spot on. I actually work at a big retailer on Madison Ave and spoke with him on a couple of occasions. You’d be truly hard pressed to find a nicer, more approachable guy. But yeah he was pretty lousy announcer.

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  16. BigBird says:

    What is this crap? Marty is the man.

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  17. SparkATS says:

    Well, it looks like Milwaukee has made the top-10.

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    As a lifelong Milwaukee resident, I couldn’t disagree more. Uecker’s delivery is halted and his jokes are tired. Also, a new middle innings P-B-P guy is shuttled in every 3-5 years whose only explicit duty is humoring Uecker’s repeated, hackneyed stories. Seeing how Pat Hughes and Jim Powell have flourished in Chicago and Atlanta, respectively, since leaving Milwaukee shows what Milwaukee is currently missing: a professional broadcaster.

    I’m gonna get killed for this take but it isn’t controversial to a non-homer who never bought into stale nostalgia. Saying something 10 times over in a deadpan isn’t necessarily funny, which are the comedic stylings of Bob Uecker.

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    • adam smith says:

      I had to cover a brewer game from the press box of the old stadium a couple of years ago. I was listening to the broadcast while watching the game. it was astounding. Uecker was verbalizing the game as it was happening, there was no delay, no mixed thoughts. it was like stream of consciousness. I looked over and Uecker was on the edge of his seat, completely focused on the game. He was calling the pitches, the location, and the result even before the ump made his call. If the ball was put into play, he had an immediate call: “and charlie lofts a lazy fly ball to right, two down” as opposed to “swing and a lazy fly ball to right, gonna be a tough play, get down ball….” Yes he is an unabashed homer. big deal. It isn’t just his jokes that make him great; he is such a superb play by play commentator. It does help to have a bone fide sense of humor to fill in the dead spots. There was nothing like sitting in a bass boat at sunset listening to the brewer broadcast. It didn’t matter if the fish weren’t biting or the brewers weren’t winning. It will be Ueck and Vinnie one and two. or the other way around. who cares.

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  18. John says:

    Eric Nadel is so overrated.

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  19. Eddie says:

    I know these aren’t the TV broadcaster rankings but….
    http://detroit.sbnation.com/detroit-tigers/2012/5/15/3022932/hawk-harrelson-home-run-call-white-sox-tigers-video

    Harrelson’s last place ranking was well deserved.

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  20. catholiclutheran says:

    Not to nitpick, but are there scoring variables hidden, or is it a typo that Detroit follows Boston? 3.7>3.6, right?

    But regardless, Dickerson is so underrated on this.

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    • mhad says:

      The ranking is determined by overall grade, so either they are tied and the order is arbitrary, or the Red Sox lead by less than a tenth (which was rounded off).

      At least I think so.

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  21. stran103 says:

    If Ken Korach was paired with someone better than Controneo they’d be way higher on the list. Korach is about the only man in radio I can think of who aptly could replace Bill King. That is not to say he’s the absolute best, but his pacing, style and energy would make Bill proud.

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  22. OaktownSteve says:

    Wish I would have seen this when you were voting. Love baseball on the radio. Love love love it. MLB on Sirius XM. The sound of summer.

    Ken Korach is terrific here in Oakland.

    Has anybody else noticed that in style, delivery, tone and content Keith Moreland is absolute ringer for Tim McCarver?

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  23. BoDo says:

    One interesting thing I’ve noticed:

    - Even though it’s not published yet, by process of elimination these are the top 10 radio broadcasters: SFN, MIL, TPB, TEX, WAS, CLE, TOR, PHI, ATL, STL.
    - Out of these 10, only 3 teams have their TV broadcasters in the top 10, 1 right in the middle (TEX), and the majority actually has their TV broadcasters in bottom third of the ranking.

    I wonder if this is just a coincidence or if there’s actually a statistically significant negative relationship between the quality of the radio broadcaster and the quality of the TV broadcaster for a given team. And what would be the reason for that? But from glancing at the ranking it appears that the reverse scenario does not appear to be true.

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    • cass says:

      The Washington broadcasters definitely fit this. I’ve heard of many fans even going to the trouble of syncing the radio feed with the television video feed in order to listen to Charlie and Dave. Top notch radio broadcasters, miserable tv guys. It’s always been like this here.

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    • Hosewalt says:

      As a Phillies fan, from my perspective, the TV team seems to cater to the layman, families and children, etc. Plus it’s the most effective way to get promotions and marketing out there, so the whole shtick is pretty sell-sell-sell. Tom McCarthy is a great guy and a decent PBP announcer, but there seems to be an overriding sentiment of sell-sell-sell in the broadcast. In short, the Phillies put their prints all over the broadcast.

      Radio, however, seems to be less intrusive. It’s just Franzke and Andersen talking, and sometimes they go off in tangents that you’d never ever hear on TV. They’re fitting for the die-hard fan, or the fan who can visualize the on-field play, not needing cues. So aesthetically, they’re just better.

      It’s almost as if the Phillies know exactly what they’re doing with this setup. Okay, our TV guys won’t be the best in the game, but they’re gonna sell product and move things along briskly. We’ll let our radio guys be fun and kooky and interesting, because we’re not so concerned about selling things that way.

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  24. ThePartyBird says:

    Dickerson is great. Low key when the situation calls for it, and exuberant like few others when he needs to be. I remember watching a spring training highlight this year with the call provided by the TV guys. Quintin Berry (I think) made a spectacular diving catch – the TV crew called it with a lot of excitement. Over them, the sound of Dickerson yelling “HE MADE THE CATCH!” can be heard from the next booth.

    Price is a bit goofy at times, but he does have his share of insightful comments about pitchers. I like him a bit more than most other Tigers fans seem to.

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  25. hbar says:

    I find the Rockies broadcasters dull in an oddly excruciating way. On top of this, Jack Corrigan’s tone is reminiscent to me of that of the parents in Peanuts TV cartoons (waaah waa wa-wa, and the like). Someone told me that it’s an accent particular to a suburb of Cleveland. At least the duo are a clear tick up from when Wayne Hagin was there.

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  26. eric says:

    Can’t believe the O’s are that high. Angel is great but Manfra is so bad I’d rate the tandem last. Jon Miller and SF better be #1.

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    • cs3 says:

      Agree, Miller and Fleming are 2 of the most knowledgeable and entertaining radio broadcasters in any sport, and are easily the best Ive heard this year.

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  27. Larson says:

    I miss Joe Nuxhall.

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  28. Number 10 says:

    I second the Ron Santo comment. Pat and Ron would easliy have been top 5, if not top 3. Ron was more emotionally invested in the Cubs than most fans, but it never came across as homerish. He would always tell like it was, and very rarely held back when the Cubs made mistakes (which was often). That combination of honesty, sincerity, and humor is not easily replicated.

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  29. MW says:

    The ranking for the Sr. Brennaman is far too low.

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  30. As a Reds fan the radio team lacks the flair they once had maybe that is one area that Red management needs to address (rEDS FANS ARE TORN ABOUT THE DIRECTION OF THE TEAM SOME OF THAT IS ,BECAOSE OF OPINATED ANNOUNCERS)—-sometimes being in one place too long gets very dark sided.

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  31. Andrew says:

    Miller will probably top the list, but Jim Powell and Don Sutton are terrific in Atlanta. Powell Especially–they let Sutton do play by play in the middle innings and I always find myself looking forward to the 7th when Jim takes over again.

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  32. pat says:

    btw, when listening to Moreland, be ready to hear about “Starling” Castro and Carlos “Peenya.”

    also, when i have the Reds games on XM, i find Marty Brennaman completely insufferable. he is so smug.

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  33. Spike says:

    not sure how any pairing could rank higher than Howie Rose + anyone.

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  34. illinibob says:

    Joe Angel reminds me of Jon Miller. For a while there , I could confuse them when listening to a broadcast. Miller is my favorite in the game (sorry Vin, I love you too), but Angel is very good. And Jim DeShaies makes me laugh out loud more than any color man on TV.

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  35. Catch 22 says:

    Joe Angel’s entire broadcast schtick is just one gigantic Jon Miller impersonation. They should have kept the real McCoy.

    Anyway, it looks like my man, Scott Franzke (Phillies) is going to land in the top 10 with his partner in crime, Larry Anderson. That team is sooooo much better than the annoying TV broadcast team for the Phils Although they are very different, it’s as much fun to listening to Franzke as it was listening to Harry Kalas.

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    • Mark Morefield says:

      Angel has been broadcasting games as long or longer than Miller. I remember him in San Francisco in 1978. Does a great job. Miller certainly is one of the best though. Miss him on Sunday nights.

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  36. henry says:

    I think the redsox announcers are too low key. they don’t seem to be into the game at all, and when the redsox are down by a lot, it gets really bad.

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  37. Rick says:

    The greatest broadcaster I have ever heard for any sport is by far and away Bill King.

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  38. Evan says:

    Clearly you’ve never listened to Shannon and Rooney. They are abysmal in chemistry and talent.

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  39. Adam W says:

    Castiglione is great, but I’ve never been a fan of O’Brien. Castig and Jerry Trupiano were such a perfect tandem.

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