Other radio-broadcast ballots: Arizona / Atlanta / Baltimore / Chicago AL / Chicago NL / Cincinnati.
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.
Boston Red Sox
Some relevant information regarding Boston’s broadcast:
Click here to grade Boston’s radio broadcast team.
Cleveland Professional Baseball Club Team
Some relevant information regarding Cleveland’s broadcast:
Click here to grade Cleveland’s radio broadcast team.
Some relevant information regarding Colorado’s broadcast:
Click here to grade Colorado’s radio broadcast team.
Some relevant information regarding Detroit’s broadcast:
Click here to grade Detroit’s radio broadcast team.
Some relevant information regarding Houston’s broadcast:
Click here to grade Houston’s radio broadcast team.
Kansas City Royals
Some relevant information regarding Kansas City’s broadcast:
Click here to grade Kansas City’s radio broadcast team.
Carson Cistulli has published a book of aphorisms called Spirited Ejaculations of a New Enthusiast.
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