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(Bleacher Report)   Top 25 MLB announcers of all time. Let's give it up for Vin Scully, gripe about Joe Suck   (bleacherreport.com) divider line 87
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2013-10-20 03:06:19 PM

oryx: Joe Buck, Bob Costas, Yuck. And who the hell is Jon Sciambi?


Bob Costas is a great baseball announcer.
 
2013-10-20 03:34:39 PM
FTA: 'Someone is already going to look at a list of 25 names and see that Skip Caray isn't one of them and probably decide to stop reading right now. '

That'd be me.

C'mon man, the guy invented the phrase "Chopper to Chipper!"
 
2013-10-20 03:46:17 PM

mikaloyd: A slideshow? Really?


Deslided

Just wanted to be sure they got Marty Brennaman on there.   Listening to him call a game is like finding out the sharp, opinionated guy sitting next to you in the cheap seats is also a lyric poet.  No two innings sound the same, and I say that having been listening to him on and off since the 70's.
 
2013-10-20 03:47:55 PM
The list deslided

I'm pleased that Ernie Harwell was in the top 3, but for me he'll always be the best announcer baseball has ever had.  If you were a Tigers fan lucky enough to grow up hearing Ernie call the games this will always be the case.  We miss you Ernie, I hope you're having a blast calling games for the angels up in heaven.
 
2013-10-20 03:52:26 PM
Holy Toledo!  Bill King not even an honorable mention?
 
2013-10-20 03:55:25 PM

RobDownSouth: FTA: 'Someone is already going to look at a list of 25 names and see that Skip Caray isn't one of them and probably decide to stop reading right now. '

That'd be me.

C'mon man, the guy invented the phrase "Chopper to Chipper!"


I beat you but I don't care what anyone says, I like Ernie Johnson and both should have been in there.
 
2013-10-20 03:59:45 PM
But of course I mean Ernie senior not junior
 
2013-10-20 04:13:28 PM

Mid_mo_mad_man: brightsun66: List needs Mike Shannon.

No.


Part of the soundtrack of my youth.  Suit yourself.
 
2013-10-20 05:11:03 PM
He's an idiot for not putting Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow in the Top 25.
 
2013-10-20 05:16:29 PM

Lionel Mandrake: He's an idiot for not putting Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow in the Top 25.


Not a Giants fan, but you are absolutely right....especially Kruk.
 
2013-10-20 05:37:11 PM

Precious Roy's Horse Dividers: Kalas at 2 and Scully at 1 is dead-on. Joe Buck belongs nowhere near this list.


Joe Buck shouldn't even be allowed to read this list.
 
2013-10-20 07:06:23 PM

Delawheredad: Ralph Kiner as an honorable mention? The man was a malaprop machine. Once he got his OWN NAME WRONG and introduced himself as "Ron Kiner" I remember watching Mets telecasts as a kid just to laugh my ass off at how bad Kiner was.


Phil Rizzuto? The man is one of the least qualified Hall of Fame inductees as a player and is ONLY remembered as an announcer for being in "Paradise By The Dashboard Light" He was better in his Money Store advertisements then he ever was in the broadcast booth

Harry Caray I've heard Harry Call a ball game. It was so bad I wanted the commit Hari Kari afterwords

How can you leave out By Saam? The guy had a great southern accent, not as pronounced as Red Barber's and called more losing games than any announcer in history. He never called a winning season yet he made every game interesting. He also got away with stuff to see if fans were paying attention to the game a great line of his was "That play again for all you guys scoring in bed was ..."


You ever actually HEAR Scooter do a game? At his prime, he was good as anybody. He unfortunately is known for the cannoli/over the GWB/scared of everything stereotype. This is because this really started happening in the late 80's/ear;y 90's when the Yankees sucked BIG time (think Stump Merrill as your manager), Plus, he was getting into his late 60s/early 70s. MLB has TONS of classic games on YT now - go check out the 78 playoff game, and listen to the Scooter in his full Glory!

And as far as him not being HOF material, I had an Uncle who was a DODGER fan, and - gasp - actually saw him play. He said - several times - if they had had SportsCenter, with its Web Gems/Plays of the Week, whatever back then, Scooter would have been in MUCH sooner. He even admitted that he was probably a better shortstop than Pee Wee!  This from a guy who would spend hours debating the Willie/Mickey/The Duke thing.  Lets put it this way - he won the MVP in 50...was close and probably SHOULD have won it 49...was in the top ten voting a couple of other times, and if they had the ROY in 41 when he came up, he would have won it easily - not a bad resume, Back then, they knew a shortstops job was to WIN BALLGAMES...instead of piling up numbers.
 
2013-10-20 07:28:33 PM
I think Bob Costas is a smart guy and a great sports analysis talking head and anchor. His piece on the Olympic Munich terrorists as few years ago was mesmerisingly brilliant. However, every time I've heard him as a baseball announcer, he's been an absolute disaster.
 
2013-10-20 08:00:32 PM
Vin Scully is boring. If I wanted to hear an old man rambling all by himself about sports I'd visit my father in the home. Anyone who thinks "he's the man" is just patronizing the old bugger. Yes, you're nostalgic. Don't pretend you wouldn't give him up for a couple of blonde sideline commentator babes.
 
2013-10-20 08:02:02 PM

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Hank Greenwald belongs in the top five. Not a Giants fan, but he was mind-stimulatingly brilliant.

Also missing: Bill King, although he was better known for Raiders football, and Ol' Diz, Jay Hannah Dean. He was once castigated during the Depression, by a fan for using the slang word "ain't". His reply was, "A lot of folks who don't say "ain't" ain't eatin'."


A big yes to both of those. I am a Giants fan and Greenwald was the announcer I grew up with. And King is vastly underrated.

Also, exchange Kruk and Kuip with Shoe Pisser and the honorable mention/ actual list becomes a whole lot better.
 
2013-10-20 08:35:29 PM

danieljay: I need a Twins fan to tell me if I'm crazy, but Herb Carneal deserves to be in the top ten. Didn't even make honorable mention?


Yeah, Old Herb should definitely been on the list.
 
2013-10-20 09:47:30 PM
Hell, even Napoleon admitted he had a Bob Costas complex.
 
2013-10-20 10:16:48 PM
good to see Gary Cohen getting his due. The guy is fantastic and Ron Darling is an awesome analyst. Keith annoys the shiat out of me and that's said as a lifelong Mets sufferer fan who was on top of the world watching the most hated team in the game win it all when he was 12.
 
2013-10-20 10:44:29 PM
ZEPPO

   I  spent plenty of time in the entire decade of the 70's watching Yankees games on WPIX. Rizutto was ALWAYS bad. I would honestly gladly watch his "Money Store" Ads on a constant loop for a year than ever again listen to him do a single inning of ANY ball game. He knew lots about Yankee legends and BEANS about anything else. I'm sure if you were a Yankees fan it was paradise.  BUT of all of the announcers you could get on the radio on the east coast at that time (and I listened to every one out of Boston to Saint Louis)  I recall "Scooter" as being among the absolute worst at his job. I can't recall a play by play man who was that continually distracted in the booth. The man was just plain terrible.

  I reiterate if not for the singer  Meatloaf and the fact that her just happened to play for some truly great Yankees teams he would never have come within sniffing distance of the Hall of Fame.
 
2013-10-20 11:03:46 PM

Dafatone: We may be the Mets, but at least we have the best announcing crew not named Vin Scully.


As a Philly fan, let me say:

I fully believe that the Mets have the best radio-TV combo in the business. Our radio guys (Franske and Anderson) are probably about equal, but your TV guys are so far above ours that it's embarrassing. Heck, if the Mets are playing an afternoon game, I'll sometimes turn on the radio while driving home (the benefits of living in Central Jersey), just to listen to them, even if I don't particularly care about the outcome.

It sucks that they're getting kicked off WFAN in favor of the Yankees, though. Which station are they ending up at?
 
2013-10-20 11:44:40 PM
Pretty solid list, and well presented with YouTube clips. I enjoyed it. Thanks for posting.
 
2013-10-20 11:47:48 PM

Joe_diGriz: Dafatone: We may be the Mets, but at least we have the best announcing crew not named Vin Scully.

As a Philly fan, let me say:

I fully believe that the Mets have the best radio-TV combo in the business. Our radio guys (Franske and Anderson) are probably about equal, but your TV guys are so far above ours that it's embarrassing. Heck, if the Mets are playing an afternoon game, I'll sometimes turn on the radio while driving home (the benefits of living in Central Jersey), just to listen to them, even if I don't particularly care about the outcome.

It sucks that they're getting kicked off WFAN in favor of the Yankees, though. Which station are they ending up at?


WWOR 710AM
 
2013-10-20 11:58:08 PM

NakedReporta: Did I hear my name?

I wonder how many Farkers have you favorited/Farkied as "Shoes smell like piss"

/I do
 
2013-10-21 01:08:51 AM
I grew up listening to the Jack Buck/Harry Caray team on the radio. I still prefer listening to the ballgame on the radio to watching it on TV.

The current Cardinals broadcast team is pretty strong.
 
2013-10-21 01:16:54 AM
The fact that Joe Buck makes the list but Dennis Eckersley isn't even on the honorable mentions just pisses me off. Ecks is hilarious, and has coined more absurdly fitting baseball terms, including the "walk off", than anyone I've ever heard.He's also got more insight into pitching and an utter disregard for his own career that make for some amazingly pointed and on-target criticism.
 
2013-10-21 01:17:09 AM

Mr_Juche: danieljay: I need a Twins fan to tell me if I'm crazy, but Herb Carneal deserves to be in the top ten. Didn't even make honorable mention?

Yeah, Old Herb should definitely been on the list.


Seconded. Herb was fantastic. Might not be on everyones list, but definitely my favorit.. Had a chance to meet him and Harwell and Eucker all in the same year. Fantastic people.

Sid Hartman however, is a jackass.

While we are adding names, what about Mel Allen?


/DNRTFA
//Joyce Brothers?
 
2013-10-21 02:37:56 AM

Super Chronic: Generation_D: 5) Dave Niehaus

The omission of Niehaus makes the list an abject miserable failure. I don't care to pile on the Joe Buck hate, but it boggles the mind that there exists an actual person who would rank Joe Buck higher than Dave Niehaus as a baseball announcer.


I wholeheartedly agree with what the gentleman wrote above.
 
2013-10-21 04:36:51 AM
Putting in some love for Steve Stone, who was Harry Caray's wingman until the 2004 Cubs got pissed off that Stone was accusing them of underperforming (they finished 89-73, 16 games back on the Cardinals and 3 games back on the wild-card-winning Astros) and drove him out of town and eventually into the arms of Hawk Harrelson.
 
2013-10-21 04:37:40 AM
Well, okay, Harry died six years earlier, but doesn't change the gist.
 
2013-10-21 06:36:25 AM

deadsanta: The fact that Joe Buck makes the list but Dennis Eckersley isn't even on the honorable mentions just pisses me off. Ecks is hilarious, and has coined more absurdly fitting baseball terms, including the "walk off", than anyone I've ever heard.He's also got more insight into pitching and an utter disregard for his own career that make for some amazingly pointed and on-target criticism.


I think my problem with Eck is that he's not Remy. As a fellow Fall River-born guy I love Remy, even if he's involved with that whole RSN bullcrap.

Don't have time to check, is Ned Martin on the list?
 
2013-10-21 07:29:03 AM
No Matt Vaskersian? I am disappoint.
 
2013-10-21 08:34:09 AM

Crewmannumber6: No Matt Vaskersian? I am disappoint.


That guy is a tool.  He should be automatically disqualified for not knowing when his mic is on and bad mouthing the city he is in when doing a broadcast.
 
2013-10-21 09:11:10 AM

skullkrusher: WWOR 710AM


Thank you!  *programs radio preset*
 
2013-10-21 11:53:06 AM

Shrugging Atlas: steamingpile: Not giving BR the clicks but if Joe Buck is on that list but not Ernie Johnson or Skip Carey then the list is complete shiat.

If Buck makes the Top 25 anything then the list sucks regardless of who he beat out.


What if the list was the "25 Most Sucky Sucks named Joe Buck"?

Would this list also suck?
 
2013-10-21 02:19:27 PM
FrancoFile:
But where is Nuxhall?  He and Brennaman were a fantastic team; listening to them growing up, they were as much a part of the Big Red Machine of the 70s as Morgan and Bench and Rose were.

I love Joe as much as i love my own mother, but not act like he's one of the best announcers ever.  A fun personality in the booth? Sure.  A great homer and community spokesperson?  Sure.  But i'd hear the crack of the bat and Joe would tell me that it was hit to left right center and that Cesar Geronimo was making the play in 1998, and I'd chuckle.  That's Joe and we love him, but He wasn't the best ever, by any stretch.
 
2013-10-21 05:53:33 PM
I'm sorry, but Scully doesn't do it for me. I'm not a fan of 44 second empty pauses. Just my opinion.
 
2013-10-21 05:54:52 PM

Fear the Clam: Vin Scully is boring. If I wanted to hear an old man rambling all by himself about sports I'd visit my father in the home. Anyone who thinks "he's the man" is just patronizing the old bugger. Yes, you're nostalgic. Don't pretend you wouldn't give him up for a couple of blonde sideline commentator babes.


Your troll is two days late and unless those women are nude or at least in lingerie then I don't give a shiat about hearing them.
 
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