Crowdsourcing MLB Broadcasters: Day 5 of 10

Other ballots: Arizona / Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago (AL) Home / Chicago (AL) Away / Chicago (NL) / Cincinnati / Cleveland / Colorado / Detroit / Houston / Kansas City / Los Angeles (AL) / Los Angeles (NL) Home / Los Angeles (NL) Away / Miami / Milwaukee / Minnesota / New York (AL) / New York (NL) / Oakland / Philadelphia / Pittsburgh.

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 eight more ballots — the last on the television side of things — to the end of producing a new collection of these broadcaster scores.

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.

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St. Louis Cardinals

Some relevant information regarding St. Louis’s broadcast:

  • Play-by-play coverage is typically provided by Dan McLaughlin.
  • Color analysis is typically provided by Al Hrabosky.
  • Jim Edmonds, Rick Horton, and Tim McCarver all seem to appear, too.

Click here to grade St. Louis’s television broadcast team.

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San Diego Padres

Some relevant information regarding San Diego’s broadcast:

  • Play-by-play coverage is typically provided by Dick Enberg.
  • Color analysis is typically provided by Mark Grant.
  • Don Orsillo and Mark Sweeney also appear for select games.

Click here to grade San Diego’s television broadcast team.

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San Francisco Giants

Some relevant information regarding San Francisco’s broadcast:

  • Play-by-play coverage is typically provided by Duane Kuiper.
  • Color analysis is typically provided by Mike Krukow.
  • Dave Flemming and Jon Miller sometimes appear from the radio side.

Click here to grade San Francisco’s television broadcast team.

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Seattle Mariners

Some relevant information regarding Seattle’s broadcast:

  • Play-by-play coverage is typically provided by Dave Sims.
  • Color analysis is typically provided by Mike Blowers.
  • Aaron Goldsmith and also maybe others appear for select games.

Click here to grade Seattle’s television broadcast team.

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Tampa Bay Rays

Some relevant information regarding Tampa Bay’s broadcast:

  • Play-by-play coverage is typically provided by Dewayne Staats.
  • Color analysis is typically provided by Brian Anderson.
  • Maybe Orestes Destrade or Todd Kalas appear for select games.

Click here to grade Tampa Bay’s television broadcast team.

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Texas Rangers

Some relevant information regarding Texas’s broadcast:

  • Play-by-play coverage is typically provided by Steve Busby.
  • Color analysis is typically provided by Tom Grieve.
  • Dave Raymond and maybe also Mark McLemore appear for select games.

Click here to grade Texas’s television broadcast team.

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Toronto Blue Jays

Some relevant information regarding Toronto’s broadcast:

  • Play-by-play coverage is typically provided by Buck Martinez.
  • Color analysis is typically provided by Pat Tabler.
  • Dan Shulman also definitely appears for select games.

Click here to grade Toronto’s television broadcast team.

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Washington Nationals

Some relevant information regarding Washington’s broadcast:

  • Play-by-play coverage is typically provided by Bob Carpenter.
  • Color analysis is typically provided by F. P. Santangelo.
  • Johnny Holliday and Ray Knight possibly appear for select games.

Click here to grade Washington’s television broadcast team.





Carson Cistulli has published a book of aphorisms called Spirited Ejaculations of a New Enthusiast.

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MustBuniquemember
6 years ago

Don Orsillo for select games is a waste of a great talent. Miss him in Boston.