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Do you want Buzz and TAG back in 2013? Their company man act got a little old to me, plus I just never liked Buzz's voice for PbP. I'm not sure what Barnett's status is. Maybe give Matt Hicks a shot?
Busby needs to go back to radio. Was not a huge fan of his but he was much better than Barnett. Grieve is wearing on me, though.
I hear there's a guy that does radio for the Mets and the Chargers that's pretty good, maybe they should look him up?
"Nellie Cruz takes one deep to left field, way back there....." Flyout. Thanks, Buzz.
Wasn't a big fan of Buzz, preferred Barnett, not that he was great either.
As much as everyone rags on Grieve, I don't think there would be anyone out there with more knowledge of the Rangers' history than him. He just didn't have any chemistry with Buzz.
There's absolutely no pleasing a few of you here. No matter what, some people will bitch about anything. You know, I can't stand the color of the grass in the ballpark. It's not green enough!
Personally, I miss Josh Lewin.
I like Buzz, he's worlds better than Dave and Rhads.
I think some of you forget how terrible the booth chemistry was with Dave and TAG. Buzz cleaned a bunch up. I think he called a pretty respectable game. Is he the best? No, but aside from a few fly balls, he did a good job.
Busby is an excellent analyst. Better than as a play-by-play announcer. He knows pitching and hitting inside and out. He's also less of a "homer" in that chair. Grieve absolutely needs to go. He's an over bearing company man that is a constant excuse maker for every Ranger mistake. Not that he needs to be negative but he at least needs to be objective and call players out when they've obviously made mistakes. Listen to him call the Hamilton dropped pop up. He immediately goes into making the sun as an excuse for the drop. Get rid of him. I don't care how much Ranger history he knows.
Busby's voice is so grating to me. I do agree that he's pretty good when analyzing a pitch sequence, but those times are few and far between as Grieve is too busy talking about where a dot is in connection with a rectangle. Grieve is worthless. His analysis is for 5th graders. I hope they're both gone, but if I get my choice, Grieve goes first. I hope Barnett's not back either. Too boring. The exact opposite of Busby on a fly ball. Busby gets excited about a fly ball that winds up landing in medium deep right field. Barnett barely doesn't even notice that a ball is going to be a HR until it's actually gone. It may be me though because I can't stand the guy that's in the radio booth with Nadel right now either. Loved Lewin and I love Nadel.
I'd miss fake Busby though.
I liked TAG at everything he has done ---- until he turned into a real homer. Excuses for every dropped, missed or misplayed ball on defense and way too many excuses for the batters. Buzz is OK- not great- just OK. He did have to work with TAG with his homer routine. Drop the goodies reports.
This is a little bit off topic, but it really is interesting how the local sports guys treat the Rangers and the Cowboys these days. I guess success gives you a pass, at least for one year...
Other than a little Josh-bashing, everybody else on the team is talked about in hush tones of reverence. I mean, nobody wants to come out and say that Young stunk it up this year and is a liability. The same goes for Wash, because we were bad before he got here, everybody assumes he has a large share of our success.
Listen to a Cowboy discussion. Half the team stinks and should be cut. The other half should be benched or are loafing, stupid, or out of shape. Each coach is on notice after only four games.
And this is a league where there really is parity on what a team can spend on players.
I personally enjoyed Dave Barnett and hope he's back next year. Busby was pretty hard to listen to, in my opinion. Save the repetitive "got him swinging" and "goodbye" calls for the radio.
Agree 100% about Grieve. He's a company man and he's so dumbed down. I learn nothing about the game from him or about any of the players. Every pitcher for every other team is good and has good stuff. He makes excuses for anything that goes wrong here. And his whole cookie talk and now shoutout and birthday talk to take it's place. And he can't ever have an opinion on a pitch without seeing the rectangle and even when he gets to see it is "well that could have gone either way" or "you rarely see that called", even though it was called multiple times that game.
We could have Vin Scully in there and you guys would probably still complain. Busby isn't perfect, but do you not remember how bad Barnett was or the disaster that was Rhadigan?
Steve Busby is doing radio broadcasting for TV. These are two totally seperate arts. Radio play-by-play is all about "painting a picture" for the listener who cannot see anything. TV play-by-play is all about giving background and accentuating what the viewer is watching. Busby was the TV guy for the Rangers in the 80's, and he was taken off for many of he reasons that people are complaining about now. What I cannot believe, in all these years, that Busby has not changed the way he approaches his TV work. Aren't there people in charge that see this and critique him for his obvious inability to understand that on TV you don't need to say "pitcher looks in for the sign" "nods in agreement" "now he has the one he wants"> etc. etc. Clearly, these are needless descriptions since we are watching all of this happen. Busby needs to shut up more and allow the pictures to tell the story. Less is more in TV play-by-play.
@Nompton and Garrand
Nompton, weren't you the agent for some SDiego announcer this past summer? And if so, is he the same guy Garrand mentioned above?
I like Busby and do not mind the radio style he uses. TAG is a bag of Seconals, though late in uncontested games he can find some interesting tangents?
He just didn't have any chemistry with Buzz
TAG doesn't have chemistry with anyone unless they bring baked goods or ar having a birthday.
Busby is good, but he could have a better partner that doesn't derail every relevant discussion. My suggestion would be to bring in more guys for 2-3 innings at a time that can feed the 'saber' crowd the info they appreciate and let TAG work his magic the first 3 innings before his demographic falls asleep in their rocking chairs.
I never realized how much we as Ranger fans were missing in a broadcast until I started catching more games from other clubs (not televised nationally). There really are some great PBP duos out there. The good ones make you feel like you've been following a team for years with the background and insights they give each day.
I want Josh "BALLGAME" lewin... :-(
The_Henchmen, I completely agree on other teams duos. DirecTV gave free "Extra Innings" for about 10 days. I knew I didn't like our crew much, but I didn't realize how bad it was until I listened to other teams broadcasts. Brian Anderson, former Diamondbacks pitcher, who now does color for the Rays was one that really impressed me. Giving insight into each pitch sequence, what worked and what didn't work. It doesn't even have to be about sabermetrics. Just give me more than "the pitch tracker shows that should have been a strike" and "he really went down and got that one, boy". Grieve is so bad. I feel like Busby could do some of that if he did color, but the voice drives me crazy.
A few weeks back, Busby and Grieve were discussing OPS like it was some new statistic and trying to figure out what constituted a good OPS or a bad OPS. I couldn't take it.
TAG should go! One thing about TAG I’ve noticed, his emotions describing any situation run the gamut from A to B. If he’s supposed to be the “color man” then we’re talking solid grey! At some point in his upbringing he was taught that showing emotion was unseemly. In many areas of life this works well, but not as a Major League color man….He has an arsenal of subjective excuses for the locals and they are paraded out no matter what really went wrong He also seems on a mission to restore faith in the aging/fat Umpire’s Union by pointing out what a great job they do on quick decisions and close calls, when in fact, until the “Pitch Tracker” came into use some of the more seasoned umps gave us what I call “umpire ball” and not baseball. Busby is alright and when (IF) he realizes it’s on TV and right in front of the viewer then he’ll go to the next level….maybe never though as he hasn’t changed much over time. He could talk pitch sequence to set up a hitter or looking at the front shoulder flying open to dictate the pitch or instead of the ever present season stats or even pitcher/hitter matchup stats how did it get that way (if a mediocre hitter finds the pitcher easy to hit over time)
Hell we might as well get Mark Followell to do pbp. He's already got the mavs and fc dallas on his list.
Let's get Dick Stockton to call all the Rangers games.
I like Buzz a lot, but he could talk less. He's still in radio mode, where he thinks he has to describe every move on the field. Let the viewer watch in peace now and then. Really like him though for the most part.
TAG? Can't stand him. As others have said, he's boring, a company guy, never shares insights, can't remember who he played with, can't remember important games or interesting plays, etc.
And I think his insistence on continuing cookie talk and then the shoutouts and birthdays was straight-up defiance. He knew people hated it, so he started doing it more and more just to spite the complainers. Fuck that.
Bitching about the TV guys is the worst kind of inefficiency when we've got the best PBP man outside of Vin Scully on the radio in Eric Nadel. If you're not muting your TV and going with the radio feed for your audio, you're missing a great game.
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