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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