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What’s happened to baseball telecasts?

July 31, 2012
Daily Press


Longtime Detroit Tiger broadcaster Ernie Harwell said "The play-by-play announcer's main responsibility is reporting the game." When he went from the radio play-by-play booth to the TV booth his style would change. He called TV the dancing Rembrandt, and his audience good lookers. He no longer did his pitch-by-pitch description, he relied on the picture to do most of the talking. He depended a little on our knowledge of the game.

As a long time Tiger and baseball fan, I find the modern day baseball broadcasts are being taken to extreme. We are forced to listen to the play-by-play announcer's continual idle chatter, and silly questions for his color commentator. The color commentator then must overanalyze every simple move made on the field. Do these guys think we're all baseball illiterates. Replays and flashbacks are overused. Gimmicks such as pitch by pitch graphics are needless. We don't need all the chatter and individual graphics. The running game summary is shown continually for us, so we can keep track of the game stats. For the past two months or so I've arrived at a real easy solution to my problem. I hit the mute button. It's made my baseball viewing much more pleasurable.

Jim Anderson




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