Broadcaster Rankings (TV): #20 – #11

Introduction and #31
#30 – #21

Beginning in late November, we’ve spent much of the offseason asking readers to rate the television 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. (Click here for more on this project.)

Below are the 20th- through 11th-ranked television 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. Pittsburgh Pirates
Broadcasters: Some combination of Greg Brown, Tim Neverett, Bob Walk, Steve Blass, and John Wehner
Ratings (Charisma/Analysis/Overall): 3.1, 2.9, 3.0

Three Reader Comments
• “Walk and Brown are very good, Blass and Wehner are pretty weak. Neverett has the chops but lacks the personality in his short time on the job.”
• “Tim N. and Wehner are probably the least annoying combo, but also the least frequent.”
• “They truly detract from the experience of enjoying a game on TV, which is basically the worst thing one can say about announcers.”

Notes
There’s some disagreement among respondents as to whom, precisely, is most deserving of their scorn — besides Blass, perhaps, about whom readers are mostly unified in their scorn. Speaking anecdotally, I found this interview by Bob Walk with Charlie Morton from last May to be enlightening.

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19. Kansas City Royals
Broadcasters: Ryan Lefebvre and Frank White*
Ratings (Charisma/Analysis/Overall): 3.1, 2.8, 3.0

Three Reader Comments
• “White got fired for occasionally being too honest in his criticisms.”
• “Ryan is a personal fan of Joe Posnanski but still rejects all advanced statistics openly.”
• “Bring back Fred White.” [sic]

Notes
As the asterisk is designed to indicate, the broadcast team listed here actually isn’t the one that’ll call TV games for the Royals in 2012, as Rex Hudler is set to replace White, and Ryan Lefebvre — if I’m not mistaken — will appear more often on the Royals radio broadcast. The general sense among respondents is that the new arrangement is not an improvement.

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18. Cincinnati Reds
Broadcasters: Thom Brennaman and Chris Welsh
Ratings (Charisma/Analysis/Overall): 3.1, 3.2, 3.1

Three Reader Comments
• “For breaking down the game, that’s about a 4.5 for Welsh, who is quite good, and a 2 for Thom, who is talented at announcing but too thinly spread to have a strong grasp of the game.”
• “Brennaman : Baseball :: Not Washing Your Hands : Bathroom Etiquette.”
• “Unctuous, repulsively insincere and condescending: Thom Brennaman’s black heart routinely bleeds the life out of the game we love…. Chris Welsh isn’t so bad. He tries to understand the new numbers, but discussing them with Brennaman is like talking about the theory of relativity with a soap dish.”

Notes
Many of the reader comments confirm the one thing that those of us outside the Cincinnati market suspect about Thom Brennaman — namely, that he is very polished and, because of that, can appear disingenuous. Also, that one reader up there says his heart is black — which, that probably warrants medical attention.

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17. San Diego Padres
Broadcasters: Dick Enberg and Mark Grant
Ratings (Charisma/Analysis/Overall): 3.4, 3.1, 3.1

Three Reader Comments
• “As a team, the results might be skewed. I believe that individually you would find Grant earning higher marks than Enberg.”
• “Dick Enberg has a classic voice, and when he was first hired, I was excited about the hire. Many fans complain that he doesn’t seem like he wants the Padres to win. If it was simply that he was trying to be neutral, I could accept that. But often it seems as if he’s actively rooting for the Padres opponents.”
• “Mark Grant is an excellent commentator, as is occasional contributor Tony Gwynn. However, Dick Enberg gets a lot of deserved flak for cheerleading the other team and wandering off on tangents.”

Notes
No team so far has received such consistency in the comments as this one. There is, generally, a great deal of respect among respondents both for Enberg’s voice and his accomplishments as a broadcaster, but less enthusiasm for his Padres play-by-play work. One commenter suggests that Grant is “cut from the same cloth” as Mike Krukow in San Francisco. They both own Man Voices, is certainly one thing they have in common.

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16. Miami Marlins
Broadcasters: Rich Waltz and Tommy Hutton
Ratings (Charisma/Analysis/Overall): 3.2, 3.0, 3.1

Three Reader Comments
• “Tommy Hutton is not afraid to take unpopular positions. I don’t like how they ignore the game in a blowout, however.”
• “Biggest problem is their lack of chemistry. Rick & Tommy don’t work well off each other.”
• “Tommy is… rambling [and] hot-headed… at times.

Notes
Only 37 ballots were cast for the Marlins broadcasters, which places them in the bottom 20% of all teams, so far as that goes. (Note: vote totals will be published here, at the site, on Friday.) If you’re wondering why there are two ellipses in the third reader comment above, it’s because I’ve omitted the word moron. As someone who is frequently described as a moron, I know how much it hurts.

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15. Texas Rangers
Broadcasters: Dave Barnett and Tom Grieve
Ratings (Charisma/Analysis/Overall): 3.0, 3.1, 3.1

Three Reader Comments
• “The Rangers TV team does not make me want to hurl things at the TV in frustration.”
• “With Lewin, the Texas broadcast team was top notch; without Lewin, it’s closer to the ho-hum category.”
• “In general, Ranger fans are jaded by TV broadcast because they’re spoiled listening to radio voice of the irreplaceable Eric Nadel.”

Notes
Barnett was actually a mid-season replacement in 2011 for John Rhadigan, who himself was replacing Josh Lewin, after the latter was fired at the end of 2010. The general sense among readers — and the sense that I personally have — is that Lewin is an above-average play-by-play man. Also, note: radio broadcaster Eric Nadel really is excellent.

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14. Minnesota Twins
Broadcasters: Dick Bremer and Bert Blyleven
Ratings (Charisma/Analysis/Overall): 3.5, 2.7, 3.2

Three Reader Comments
• “Good, not great. Two of the better home-spun homers. Circle FanGraphs, Bert.”
• “[Dick Bremer's] love for Michael Cuddyer is not healthy.”
• “Bert is just… frustrating. He has a list of things he says every single game, to the point where my friends and I made a drinking game.”

Notes
The Twins broadcasters feature the biggest difference (0.8 points) among all teams between their Charisma and Analysis ratings, and this appears to have everything to do with Bert Blyleven — a man who, it must be said, both (a) loves to fart and (b) is zero percent ashamed to admit it.

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13. Seattle Mariners
Broadcasters: Dave Sims and Mike Blowers
Ratings (Charisma/Analysis/Overall): 3.3, 3.0, 3.3

Three Reader Comments
• “Decent announcers. Not really in line with SABR or FanGraphs type analysis, but which team broadcasters are? They suffer from trying to fill Niehaus’ shoes in the Seattle market.”
• “Dave Sims (PbP) has charisma and calls the game reasonably well. His analysis skills are lacking. Mike Blowers (color) is just blah, but he’s not bad and occasionally has some nice insights.”
• “Dave and Mike are acquired tastes, but once you’ve developed a palate for them, they are a great complement to terrible baseball.”

Notes
The beloved Dave Niehaus, who had been the Mariners play-by-play man since the team’s inaugural season in 1977, passed away in 2010. About a third of respondents mention Niehaus in their comments.

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12. Baltimore Orioles
Broadcasters: Gary Thorne and Jim Palmer
Ratings (Charisma/Analysis/Overall): 3.4, 3.2, 3.3

Three Reader Comments
• “Thorne is fun, kind of goofy but likable. Palmer is long-winded and a bit narcissistic, but provides sound analysis, some interesting anecdotes and possesses a phenomenal memory for stats and personal experiences (plus, the hair).”
• “As a Bmore fan I never ever have the urge to listen to other teams.”
• “[Thorne] is particularly notable for letting the gap get longer and longer between the ‘please drink’ and the ‘responsibly’ at the end of the seventh inning Jim Beam ad.”

Notes
A number of respondents add that Thorne has difficulty with identifying pitch types sometimes.

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11. Los Angeles Angels
Broadcasters: Victor Rojas and Mark Gubicza
Ratings (Charisma/Analysis/Overall): 3.4, 3.2, 3.3

Three Reader Comments
• “Victor is first-rate. Gubicza is okay, very cliche: if you watch more than five Angel games you’ll already be able to read his lines along with him.”
• “They really should be broken out seperately. Rojas is very good with his sarcastic dry wit. Gubicza however… repeats the same catch phrases day in and day out whether they apply or not.”
• “If I were just grading Victor Rojas, it would be fives across the board. But Victor’s understated and intelligent play-by-play is undercut by Gubicza’s hapless color commentary. He has a library of about 10-12 tired cliches that he trots out every single game, offering nothing in the way of actual insight.”

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  1. Warren says:

    “the new arrangement is not an improvement” – Understatement. Hudler is embarrassingly bad. If they stick with him, I’ll never have the volume on.

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  2. Drew says:

    I, for one, buy right into Gubiza’s surfer bro persona. I don’t mind him at all. SSS, of course.

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  3. deadeyerr says:

    The Marlins crew is devastatingly bad compared to their cross state rivals. Glad they are not in the same 10.

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    • Andrew says:

      The Marlins play-by-play guy sounds like a high schooler.

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    • Bob says:

      What? I couldn’t be more bored listening to Dewayne Staats call a game. Tommy Hutton beats Staats easy. And both play-by-play announcers are pretty similar.

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      • Jeff Loria says:

        I can tolerate Hutton most nights. Rich Waltz on the other hand makes me wanna throw a cinder block thru the tv. He’s a sickening little twerp that comes across like a 7 yr old…

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    • Ferp says:

      you gotta be kidding. Dewayne Staats woyld have to improve to be awful.

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  4. ettin says:

    Now if they had just been smart enough to put Victor Rojas and Rex Hudler together you would have had some baseball TV magic!

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  5. Pat says:

    The “Fred” White reference on the Royals’ announcers was probably intended. He was Ryan LeFebvre’s predecessor on the radio side nearly ten years ago.

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  6. Macek says:

    One of the best Gary Thorne comments ever. It came while the Orioles were being blown out. “Here we are moving into the bottom of the 5th…..Sometimes this game’ll make you want to do that.”

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    • Kevin says:

      Thorne’s drywit and sarcasm is priceless. Palmer’s love of himself and all things Jim Palmer, is also fun…and can be turned into a drinking game all its own.

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    • Buck Turgidson says:

      He is a very solid hockey pxp as well. He has an annoying habit of mispronouncing names like “Dale Barton” and “Jack Hanrahan”

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  7. geo says:

    Why the [sic] for the “Bring back Fred White” comment? Did you think the commenter meant Frank White? Fred White was a Royals announcer for many years; he was replaced by Ryan Lefebvre. Most Royals fans were upset by his departure – it wasn’t his idea – and still would like to have him back. He does some occasional broadcast work for them, but not anything regular.

    I would bet that the commenter meant Fred, not Frank.

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  8. Mike says:

    I wish I could look over the shoulder of these announcers while they read the voters comments. The 6 of them that actually read and understand Fangraphs that is.

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  9. dockmarm says:

    Ah, Len and Bob in the top ten, as they should be. Well done, team, well done.

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  10. PirateInTheBay says:

    Whoohoo! Both my bay area teams are in the top 10! Can’t wait to watch as many A’s and Giants games as I can.

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    • Buck Turgidson says:

      The fact that both bay teams are in the top ten is disturbing. Kruk and kipe are bad. Fosse and kipe are pathetic. Thank god we have radio for Oakland.

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      • Graham says:

        I’ll give you Fosse and Bizarro Kuipe as pathetic. Ray Fosse sounds like he should be calling bingo. But I couldn’t disagree more about Kruk and Kuipe. They have become a huge part of the experience for a TON of occasional-to-fairly-serious fans, but they also manage to come up with enough insights and unheard anecdotes to keep a good percentage of even the most diehard fans engaged as well. Krukow’s understanding of pitching and his exceptional pitch recognition are second to none among broadcasters (though Don Sutton is pretty good), and Kuiper is refreshingly congenial in a business where so many other broadcasters think the Thom Brennemann “overbearing to the point of absurdity” voice is the gold standard. Between Kruk and Kuip and the brilliant radio tandem of Fleming and Jon Miller (the closest thing baseball has to an heir apparent for Vin Scully, though clearly those are impossible shoes to fill), I’ve yet to hear a TV and radio broadcasting team that rivals the Giants. (I admit, however, that I’m not terribly familiar with a good percentage of radio teams.)

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      • lonewolf says:

        You’re the first person I’ve ever seen say that Kruk and Kuipe are less than good. Seeing as how long the internet has been around and how many hours I spend on baseball related forums that’s pretty impressive. I would actually think they’re the favorites for #1.

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      • Buck Turgidson says:

        K and K are homers yammering in trite cliches and obstinate in denying advanced metrics. I find them incredibly annoying. And I’m not the only person on the Internet whose noticed.

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      • GotHeem says:

        I don’t know if you have ever heard them announce. Krukow will commonly use WHIP when breaking down opposing pitchers and they have begun to use OPS when describing hitters. Granted they likely aren’t always using advanced metrics but I am damn sure that they use them more than others and certainly don’t shy away from their existence.

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  11. Jake Squid says:

    Mike Blowers needs to say, “No doubt about it,” and, “No question,” a lot more. Those responses currently comprise only 84% of his vocalizations and that’s just not enough.

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    • Choo says:

      Blowers is the unintentional Steven Wright of baseball broadcasting. “No question. Ichiro has to run to make that catch. If he doesn’t run, it’s a single . . . or more depending on how long he stands there.”

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    • I like Blow; he’s grown on me. He’s at his best when he’s pointing out when a player (usually a hitter) is doing something different, abnormal, or wrong, especially with their swing. He usually spots changes faster than any other announcer I’ve seen. The way he mutters it, too, leads me to believe he’s never figured out how to use the “mute” button on his mic. It’s like he’s just sitting there watching, notices something, and means to make a mental note of it, but instead just utters something like “Hm… seems Ichiro is picking up his leg less often on his swing…” and in such a low almost under his breath way that you wonder if he’s not sure. But he’s usually pretty accurate.

      Then there’s always the famous “prediction”:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkfmH6ASrOc

      I might be the only one, but I also like Blowers’ little chuckle whenever something goes right for one of the players.

      As for Sims, well, you gotta love Sims. You gotta love a man who comes to work with those hats.

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      • I really like the Sims-Blowers team these days too. Sims is just a goofy, endearing dude, and I agree that Blowers has some real insights amongst all those “no questions”.

        Obviously nobody can replace Dave. But, man, I’ll take Sims and Blowers over Rizzs, Fairly, Hendu, and Valle any day. Nobody makes me reach for the nearest mute button faster than Rizzs.

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        • Bread n Mustard says:

          Dave Sims has got to be one of the worst broadcasters in baseball. Calling him a moron would be a huge understatement. He tends to root for the other team. Repeats stupid nicknames that no one cares. Knows very little about the game. Blowers must be drunk to be able to stand him.

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  12. buddy says:

    So this means the Tigers’ team is in the top 10? I’m honestly surprised. I love them but they are both idiots.

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    • Andrew says:

      Say what you will, but I love the Rod and Mario team.

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    • I’m curious as well. Also the Cubs team isn’t anything special, kind of just mediocre.

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      • Dr_Caligari says:

        The thing about the Cubs team is that Len actually pays attention to advanced stats. Sure, he might not go on at length about them every game, but he makes mention of them on a semi-regular basis. Bob has quite a few good stories from playing and managing. But the main thing is that they are both more than willing to make fun of people in the stands when the camera crew cuts to someone doing something either stupid or disgusting. They went on for both sides of an inning when there was a particularly large man eating a huge plate of nachos and getting cheese all over himself. And they had great fun with a streaker at the Marlins game last year.

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      • nosferatu says:

        This, you see, is enough to be in the top ten. There are a whole lot of bad announcing teams out there.

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    • ToddM says:

      We had some of this discussion during the 30-21 rankings. I guess I should just appreciate what I have if most teams have it worse.

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      • chasfh711 says:

        Dr_Caligari, that is exactly why I HATE Kaspar and Brenly — they spend way too much time talking about stuff happening in the stands. If I want commentary about people in the stands, I’ll go to the game itself. When I watch on TV, I want insights into the actual game, and Len and Bob spend less time talking about the game than any other team I know.

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  13. ror0071619 says:

    Michael Kay and the Yankees staff is top 10? This is disappointing. Kay is unbearably annoying and the reset of the guys are average.

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  14. Andrew says:

    Admittedly, I don’t listen to any other broadcasts, but the Red Sox duo being in the top 10 is overrating them.

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  15. CptnBly says:

    Any team with Dave Sims on it should not be ranked this high. He is horrible.

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  16. Michkin says:

    “And his name…is DAN UGGLA!”

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    • reillocity says:

      Waltz and Hutton were clearly the big winners of the Uggla trade. I conservatively estimate that they placed 9 spots higher in this poll than they would have if Uggla had spent 2011 in Miami.

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  17. Matt Defalco says:

    Vin Scully for president?

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  18. Franco says:

    Seems about 14 out of 30 fanbases actively like their announcing team. I thought the announcers are just okay category would’ve been larger.

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  19. KCDaveInLA says:

    Every time I listened to Rex Hudler, it called to mind Conan O’Brien’s “Coked-Up Werewolf” bit. I’ll miss him here in Angels country.

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  20. Kyle K. says:

    The fact that the Giants haven’t been listed yet either invalidates this whole exercise or invalidates the taste of Giants fans. Mike Krukow’s “Grab some pine, meat” is undoubtedly the worst signature call in the history of baseball announcing and everything else he does is similarly obnoxious. He’s atrocious. I don’t know and don’t care who the pbp guy is- Hawk Harrelson gets embarrassed when he hears Krukow.

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    • Hurtlockertwo says:

      You are obviously a Dodger fan which invalidates your comment.

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      • Kyle K. says:

        Wrong, try again. Just unlucky enough to have spent last summer in the Bay Area. I am a fan of an NL team and certainly do hate the Giants, but that doesn’t color my opinion of Krukow. I’d think he was miserable if I had been born and raised in SF and bled black and orange.

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    • Evan says:

      Worst comment ever on Fangraphs. Krukow is one of the best in the biz, and with Kuiper make an easy top 3 duo in the game, nevermind top 10. I’m sorry you’re broken.

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      • Kyle K. says:

        “Easy top three.” That’s rich. Kuiper is fine, I didn’t notice anything good or bad about him during the 25 or 30 games I watched last summer. Krukow should be deported to Siberia and kept as far away from any microphone as possible. Worst baseball announcer ever, I’d rather listen to Tim McCarver call my team’s games for the next 20 years than have Krukow switch over for a single series.

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    • DodgersKingsoftheGalaxy says:

      IS that the guy who sounds like he’s choking on a hoagie?

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    • harperhill says:

      Kyle, this is hyperbole for humorous effect, no? I’ll give you that Kruk can certainly overuse some of his catchphrases to the point of annoyance, but when he’s not goofing around with that stuff his analysis of the game is incredibly insightful. Let’s just say he’s more of an acquired taste.

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      • Kyle K. says:

        I’m saying ridiculous things like Krukow should be deported to Siberia for humorous effect, yes. But my general stated feeling, that he is notably bad at calling baseball games, is not exaggerated. “Grab some pine, meat” gives me douchechills every time. The home run call is terrible too. He may well provide insightful analysis, but it gets completely lost in the noise of him doing his best Chris Berman imitation whenever the slightest glimmer of an opportunity for a “big” call presents itself. I really can’t stand the guy.

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    • lonewolf says:

      When I saw the first post of this series I immediately thought K&K were the favorites for #1.

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    • Buck Turgidson says:

      O x here’s the other cat on the Internet who agrees wit me

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  21. Biff says:

    The only way that the Tigers are in the top ten is because Mario scored so high to offset the idiocy of Rod Allen. I don’t see it though. Mario is vanilla in the Skip Carey school of modern announcers: wishy washy but polished. Neither engaging or infuriating. Rod Allen, on the other hand, has an equal amount of detractors as those who enjoy his broadcasting. The side of the fence that fans are on depends greatly upon how much they know about baseball IMO.

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  22. Keystone Heavy says:

    No doubt, the Rangers’ team would be top ten if they had Lewin instead of Barnett. Lewin has may have been goofy at times, but he was a really likable guy. And the chemistry him and Tom Grieve had was top notch. The Lewin-Grieve booth makes the Barnett-Grieve booth look like a Satan-Abraham booth.

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    • Keystone Heavy says:

      In fact, there was this one moment last year where Barnett pretty much called Mike Soscia an idiot for the Napoli trade. Then Grieve, who like Lewin tries to be pretty objective, came to his defense saying that the manager doesn’t generally have as much say as the GM in these matters (which he would know abot, because he is a former GM). Then they argued for a second and went TOTALLY silent for like 5 minutes. Nothing like that would have happened with Lewin.

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  23. Tim says:

    I have been a rabid avid baseball fan since 1975…..and I LOVES ME SOME ROD ALLEN! The Rod Allen Drinking Games are epic! The Rod Allen video clip in Japan is classic TV! He’s a hugely fun listen and he actually knows the game more than a little bit. He’s focused on the fun part of being a color guy but when he digs into hitting mechanics and fundamentals, he is right on. While he’s not a SABR guy, he’s not anti-SABR either…he blends old school scrappy ideology (small ball) with OBP and GB% etc, if not using the actual terms. And he is funny as hell.

    You can’t sneak cheese past a rat!

    I say to Rod….SI MOTHER$%^&ER

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  24. Hurtlockertwo says:

    Mark Grant is excellent, Dick Enberg has the voice but lacks the baseball insight to be interesting. And he’s actually gotten a lot better, when he came to San Diego a few years back he was really bad, couldn’t follow the flight of the ball, called popups homers prematurely, lost his train of thought often.

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  25. DodgersKingsoftheGalaxy says:

    On one hand you have Vin Scully, on the other you have Eric Collins and Steve Lyons (which should be close to 30th) doing non-NL West road games.

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  26. Llewdor says:

    This article made me sad. I miss Dave Niehaus.

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  27. lonewolf says:

    Happy to see the Astros duo is top 10, not a big fan but I live in the area and I enjoy them.

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  28. Glanzer says:

    Disappointed I missed my chance to vote for the Twins broadcast team. They sure are a pleasant duo, but Dick is often too positive, trying desperately to find the silver lining in every situation. Bert is everything you could want in a color man, but is extremely repetitive on his stance towards pitch counts. I am just pleased that Robby Incmikoski has taken over for Telly Hughes on the sidelines.

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  29. nateg26 says:

    Okay, the White Sox being left out of the bottom 10 confused me. The White Sox being put into the TOP 10… angers me.

    I feel like someone is playing a bad joke on me and it’s culminated into this article. I’ve listened to many of the other teams listed thus far and while some are indeed bad, none are even close to the rambling non-sense that are the Sox commentators.

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  30. sam johnson says:

    I’ve been waiting all week to see Rod and Mario on that list, and I am shocked that they were graded so highly. Mario is a great announcer and deserves to have this honor, but Rod on the other hand is subpar. For the casual fan he might be entertaining, but I have been listening to him for quite some time now and he gets annoying. Especially towards the end of the season.

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    • Colin says:

      Rod seems to be a highly polarizing figure. I personally love his antics and think he actually is pretty good a breaking down the ‘scouting’ aspects of the game. Not to mention I think you have to think of Rod and Mario as a duo more so because their chemistry is really good.

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  31. Colin says:

    Top 10 is Rays, Red Sox, Tigers, A’s, Giants, Dodgers home, Astros, Cubs, Brewers, and….Mets? So who wants to get a pool going?

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    • JPH says:

      I’m going to guess: Vin Scully No. 1.

      Then: Red Sox (because they always are this high for anything), Giants, Rays (because this is FanGraphs, after all), Cubs, Tigers, Brewers, Mets, A’s.

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    • nosferatu says:

      My personal top three would probably be Scully, Giants, Mets…but yeah, I could see the Red Sox being too high.

      I can’t say I ever recall turning on an Astros game; I wonder how many votes they got.

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  32. Bryz says:

    I just realized that our drinking game has been changed to the new Facebook groups format, which means our entire list has been deleted. Dammit.

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  33. tylerv says:

    Dave Simms is only paying attention to 1/3 of the pitches. His concentration is lacking.

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  34. shthar says:

    re Royals.

    I said Fred White and I MEANT Fred White.

    Read your history!

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  35. JasonB says:

    Any plans to do a radio broadcast ranking? Joe Angel #1?

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  36. Bob says:

    Yeah, I’m not a fan of how they ignore the game in a blowout either, but Rich and Waltz are good otherwise. They have good chemistry in my opinion.

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  37. beachcomber says:

    That the whiney pair from Miami could be ranked ahead of anybody (with possible exception of Chisox) is amazing. True suffering is wanting to watch a game on extra innings and having them as the only feed.

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