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MJH on accountability
Ok, i've been a long time reader of these forums and this is my first actual post.
I realize i could have went a million different ways with this thread title however, i want to focus on the topic in a lighter yet "this is how i feel" aspect.
My main point, of course, comes down to the fact that as a die hard rangers fan living in North East Ohio i am one of many rangers, baseball and sports fans across the nation who have had enough of Joe Buck and Tim McCarver. I simply have to put the game on mute and listen to the, by far, superiority of our radio announcers. ( and that's not always saying much, however they are getting better IMO) My solution goes in two different directions. the comical, in a sense, but much better would be to have Derek Holland in the booth taking over announcing duties by announcing the game as either Harry Carey or Arnold "i dont feel like typing his last name again" or both...The second choice is to have the actual announcers of the team call the home games. It may not be fair in terms of equal air time (seeing as how that is solely dependant on how long it takes to win) but it is fair to fans of the teams in my opinion.
thoughts, comments and/or criticism of having just derek/harry/arnold in the booth or switching the format entirely? Either way i'm 99% sure i'm safe in assuming we would all prefer a change in broadcast "leadership".
I'm not sure what the solution is. I kinda like the "old school" way of having 1 guy from each team running the broadcast. at least each team could enjoy a little home town bias. However, this dripping pile of stench that is BUCK/MCARVER has really been tough to stomach. It is interesting though... if you read some of the Cards posters in other forums they are talking about how much the broadcast has been leaning in Texas favor. Of course I shake my head in utter disbelief because all I'm hearing is constant love for the cards and how Texas should have lost ( in spite of winning) and how great carp is, how great AP is, how great TLR is, how great the fans are, how great their run was, how great... well you get the picture.
it strange how both sets of fans hear the same broadcast and come away thinking their team is not getting their fair shake.
It's because we spend almost the entire season listening to "our" announcers. They are naturally going to have a bias towards the Rangers. So, when we get to a national broadcast where they have to try to be fair to both sides, we're hearing a lot more good stuff about the other team than we're used to hearing from the local guys. I too think Buck/McCarver have a bit of a St. Louis (or NL) bias, but they have focused a lot on Wash, Dutch's pitching performance, Mike Napoli's overall post-season as well. Just wish there wasn't a tape delay so I could sync up the TV with Nadel.
I like the idea of the actual teams announcers doing the broadcast. But I'd want all of them in there (the play-by-play guys can trade off innings or something). And if there's tension and/or arguments Im all for it.
I think we settle for far too little from announcing teams. It seems like the decision makers get too caught up in the "respect the game" BS. It's a GAME. Not a soldiers funeral or a church event. You can have fun and still be intelligent and insightful. Personally I think we should be looking for a version of the Inside the NBA dynamic: intelligence, experience, sense of humor, and genuine camraderie--which, yes, would include disagreeing and playfully mocking each other now and then (I'm looking at you TAG).
I suggest Bob Uecker, David Cone and Francona. Maybe Joe Maddon if the Rays are out of it.
Watching some of the highlight videos on MLB.com, they show three different shots of the home run, strikeout, etc. using commentary from FOX for the first one, Nadel on the second one, and the local Cardinals broadcasters for the third version. Hearing them all side by side, you realize how good we have it in DFW.
Nadel is certainly a big fan, but he calls the game with passion regardless if Feliz gets a game winning K, Napoli hits a 3 run blast, or Pujols launches his 3rd HR of the game into the cheap (?) seats. The Cards PBP guys? Not so much.
I forget which play it was, maybe the Beltre home run in Game 5, but as soon he hit it the Cards PBP guy mumbles "home run" in a really dejected voice. But in Game 3, they are jumping up and down with each Pujols bomb ("there's our boy!!!"). You would NEVER hear Nadel call it like that, either way.
Growing up in Ohio I've listened to the Indians announcers alot since 1994 when I got into baseball at 7the yrs old...I've listened to ranger's broadcasts since about 2005 when I could first afford mlb extra innings. One major element of both Indians and rangers announcers (the two best in all of baseball period for the following reason ) is they are equal and largely unbiased. If the Indians are playing Texas and are getting swept in a 4car game series at home (a like this year )is the tribe announcers will praise the superior team (a like they did to Texas) and even if the rangers would be getting there ass kicked by Cleveland, the announcers will be like MY is having an amazing year or how about ogondo, what a smart move ...and the ranger's announcers are the exact same ..in a word, fair...if local announcers can be fair it's a disgrace to the sport if the "national " broadcasters cannot follow suit. It's not just against the rangers either ...Buck and co favor the senior league or old franchises ...I have tremendous respect for his dad...go crazy folks brings a tear to my eye on every highlight reel...but Joe and mccarver are not suited for the national stage, IMO
That awesome call by the Cards' radio guy was the Napoli 3-run bomb in Dutch's Game 4 win. And I actually thought it was a pretty cool call (given that he's doing the Cards' broadcast and so on).
I don't really think Buck and McCarver are too biased. I just think they're bad. I don't think Buck likes baseball all that much, and he's much flatter doing the World Series than he is doing any NFL game. And McCarver reminds me a lot of Joe Theisman, and NFL announcer I used to like, who had a schtik and an inside perspective, and whose stuff just got.. stale. He's been doing it way too long and doesn't know when to hang 'em up and call it an excellent career.
In the ALCS everyone on bbtia seemed to think there was a Tigers bias, so it's not NL/Cards bias. And I bet on the Tigers' blogs they thought there was a Rangers bias. Bad announcers always seem biased.
I think there's a parallel to the news media here. Conservatives think that it is terribly biased towards liberals. Liberals think that it is terribly biased towards conservatives. I think they are just broadly bad at their jobs. Thus, they fail to report a lot of stories or facts that one side or the other thinks should be reported, and one side or the other sees it as bias, when really the media just had to make room on the broadcast for video of a monkey riding a dog like a horse.
This is a wild thought, but I'd like to see Dutch and Brian Wilson call a game together. It would either be the best thing ever or the worst.
I don't get the hating on Buck and McCarver. They know the game, they seem pretty even-handed to me, and they don't put on a circus show. My personal preference is for understatement in play-by-play guys, and Buck defines understatement. I might prefer a little more "color" out of an analyst than McCarver provides, but he does give a lot of great insider insights even though he doesn't bring a lot of energy to the booth.
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