Crowdsourcing MLB Broadcasters: Names and Places

Each summer, baseball fans spend upwards of three or four hours per day with the broadcasters for their favorite teams. With the advent, and increasing ubiquity, of services such as Extra Innings and MLB.TV, fans have become acquainted with broadcasters from other markets, as well.

It’s not uncommon to come across exasperated tweets — or entire websites — dedicated to censuring the sometimes poor behavior of broadcasters. The present author has even attempted a couple reviews of baseballing broadcasts. But never (so far as I know of, at least) has an attempt been made to put a grade on each of the league’s 30 television broadcast teams.

The present post represents the beginning of an attempt to do just that. Much as we attempt, each winter, to facilitate fan projections for players stats here, we will also attempt to do the same for the league’s broadcasting teams.

The first step: to arrive at some understanding of who, exactly, we’re grading. The names you see below are intended to represent the main broadcast teams for each of the league’s 30 clubs. The information here is taken from a combination of Wikipedia and MLB.com, but would certainly benefit from readers who know and care about such things.

Again, the idea is to identify the broadcasters most frequently found in each team’s booth. Many clubs have occasional color commentators and guest announcers, but isolating the most regular contributors will make this process more streamlined, if slightly less nuanced.

So, how do these look?

Arizona: Daron Sutton, Mark Grace

Atlanta: Chip Caray, Joe Simpson

Baltimore: Gary Thorne, Jim Palmer

Boston: Don Orsillo, Jerry Remy

Chicago Americans: Ken Harrelson, Steve Stone

Chicago Nationals: Len Kasper, Bob Brenly

Cincinnati: Thom Brennaman, Chris Welsh

Cleveland: Matt Underwood, Rick Manning

Colorado: Drew Goodman, George Frazier

Detroit: Mario Impemba, Rod Allen

Florida: Rich Waltz, Tommy Hutton

Houston: Bill Brown, Jim Deshaies

Kansas City: Ryan Lefebvre, Frank White

Los Angeles Americans: Victor Rojas, Mark Gubicza

Los Angeles Nationals: Vin Scully

Milwaukee: Brian Anderson, Bill Schroeder

Minnesota: Dick Bremer, Bert Blyleven

New York Americans: Michael Kay, Paul O’Neill

New York Nationals: Gary Cohen, Ron Darling, Keith Hernandez

Oakland: Glen Kuiper, Ray Fosse

Philadelphia: Tom McCarthy, Gary Matthews

Pittsburgh: Tim Neverett, Bob Walk

St. Louis: Dan McLaughlin, Al Hrabosky

San Diego: Dick Enberg, Mark Grant

San Francisco: Duane Kuiper, Mike Krukow

Seattle: Dave Sims, Mike Blowers

Tampa Bay: Dewayne Staats, Brian Anderson

Texas: Dave Barnett, Tom Grieve

Toronto: Buck Martinez, Pat Tabler

Washington: Bob Carpenter, F. P. Santangelo

Thanks to concerned citizen Sean McNally, who forwarded this suggestion to us via the Twitter.



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owine
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owine

Paul O’Neill does a limited number of NYY games. Ken Singleton is the primary color guy.

Josh
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Josh

^ what this guy says

Michael Law
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Michael Law

its amazing how much we care about these things. But like you said – I spend about 500 hours with these guys every year … LOL … I spend more time with Michael Kay than members of my family …

Paul Jordan
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Paul Jordan

Any way to do each broadcaster individually? The possibly have an overall vote for the team? EG David Cone is awesome, Michael Kay is not, Yankees overall are decent. Perhaps include the radio folk as well.

To be even meaner, include the national broadcasters in the vote as well.

Jim
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Jim

Hey Michael, seeing as you spend so much time with Michael Kay, what do you think of him? A lot of people hate his broadcasting, but I don’t mind it, and think that often times it’s enjoyable. Thanks.

Michael Law
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Michael Law

I used to dislike Kay but as time has gone by I’ve come to like him more and appreciate him. And now even when he’s rude or says stupid things – he’s like a relative who sometimes makes dumb comments. He can be a jerk – but he’s our jerk. LOL.

fothead
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fothead

Cant forget Bob Lorenz…

Main team has to be considered Kay/Singleton and Flaherty as I’d bet they have the most “starts”. O’neill is m favorite (probably all Yankee fans) as he to me represents a Phil Rizzuto of sorts for this generation.

Matt
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Matt

Just to add to what others have said…Kay is Play-by-play guy but doesn’t do long roadtrips (i.e. West Coast) due to his radio show on ESPN. Ken Singleton generally picks up the play-by-play duties but isn’t really a pbp guy. Singleton is there probably 90% of the games.

O’Neill does color when the Yanks are in Cleveland and does some home games too. Cone has done more this year than in the past and loves to talk sabermetrics. Leiter does some too. But Flaherty is probably there the most.

And don’t forget Kimberly Jones down on the field!

Michael Law
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Michael Law

Yeah, please don’t leave out Little Kim Jones!

Cliff Lee's Changeup
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Cliff Lee's Changeup

The primary color guy? That is RACIST sir!

moonraker
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moonraker

Lol, solid!

moonraker
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moonraker

Although I guess technically he isn’t actually a primary color

bob j.
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bob j.

Owine…I think Singleton prefers to referred to as African-American…not the term you used.

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