Other radio-broadcast ballots: Arizona / Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago AL / Chicago NL / Cincinnati / Cleveland / Colorado / Detroit / Houston / Kansas City / Los Angeles AL / Los Angeles NL / Miami / Milwaukee / Minnesota / New York AL / New York NL / Oakland / Philadelphia / Pittsburgh / St. Louis / San Diego.
Recently, the present author began the process of process of reproducing the broadcaster rankings which appeared on this site roughly four years ago. The purpose of those rankings? To place a “grade” on each of the league’s television and radio broadcast teams — a grade intended to represent not necessarily the objective quality or skill of the relevant announcers, but rather the appeal those announcers might have to the readers of this site. By way of MLB.TV feeds, the typical major-league telecast offers four distinct audio feeds — which is to say, the radio and television commentary both for the home and road clubs. The idea of these broadcast rankings was to give readers an opportunity to make an informed decision about how to consume a telecast.
Below are another collection of six ballots for radio broadcast teams.
For each broadcasting team, the reader is asked to supply a grade on a scale of 1-5 (with 5 representing the highest mark) according to the following criteria: Charisma, Analysis, and then Overall.
Charisma is, essentially, the personal charm of the announcers in question. Are they actively entertaining? Do they possess real camaraderie? Would you — as is frequently the case with Vin Scully — would you willingly exchange one of your living grandfathers in order to spend time with one of these announcers? The Analysis provided by a broadcast team could skew more towards the sabermetric or more towards the scouting side of things. In either case, is it grounded in reason? The Overall rating is the overall quality of the broadcast team — nor need this be a mere average of the previous two ratings. Bob Uecker, for example, provides very little in the way of analysis, and yet certainly rates well overall, merely by force of personality. Finally, there’s a box of text in which readers can elaborate upon their grades, if so compelled.
San Francisco Giants
Some relevant information regarding San Francisco’s broadcast:
Click here to grade San Francisco’s radio broadcast team.
Some relevant information regarding Seattle’s broadcast:
Click here to grade Seattle’s radio broadcast team.
Tampa Bay Rays
Some relevant information regarding Tampa Bay’s broadcast:
Click here to grade Tampa Bay’s radio broadcast team.
Some relevant information regarding Texas’s broadcast:
Click here to grade Texas’s radio broadcast team.
Toronto Blue Jays
Some relevant information regarding Toronto’s broadcast:
Click here to grade Toronto’s radio broadcast team.
Some relevant information regarding Washington’s broadcast:
Click here to grade Washington’s radio broadcast team.
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I don’t need to tell anybody who watches/listens to the Mariners, but FYI the way their broadcast teams work is a little more complicated. Rizzs/Goldsmith are the usual radio team, and they trade play-by-play and color, usually one doing the first two or three innings of pbp while the other does color, and then switching roles for the next two or three innings, and so on (in an extra-innings game they may switch roles four or five times). On the TV side, Sims does pbp while Mike Blowers does color.
Usually, and most of last year. Lately, though, they’ve switched it up, teaming Rizzs and Sims for radio (where they still trade off) and Goldsmith/Blowers on TV (where they don’t).
And then there are the guest color appearances by retired former M’s broadcasters and retired former M’s, most notably perhaps part-time-truck-salesman and full-time-loose-cannon Jay Buhner.