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A nice move by the MLB Network

Sep 11, 2009, 9:55 AM EDT

The MLB Network is going to name three production studios after Ernie Harwell, Mel Allen and Vin Scully.  A classy move by the network that, one hopes anyway, will provide some inspiration for all who work there.  Maybe it’s just wishful thinking on my part, but I’d like to think broadcasters who see these luminaries’ names on the door each day will try harder and work smarter than they otherwise would.

And even if the inspiration doesn’t work, maybe having their names on the studios will inspire some cosmic justice.  Sadly, someday Harwell and Scully will join Mel Allen in broadcater Valhalla, and who’s to say their ghosts won’t drop a stage light on someone who goes on and on about how someone needs to give “110%?”

Not that they need to stop with Harwell, Allen and Scully.  There has to be a lounge there, so how about naming it after Harry and Skip Caray?  How about naming that visitor’s office way down at the end of the hall for Bob Uecker?  The possibilities are endless. 

And it doesn’t just have to be great announcers like those guys.  After all, it’s a big building, and I’m sure someone can find some rooms to name after Joe Morgan, John Sterling, Rick Sutcliffe and Steve Phillips . . .

  1. The Common Man - Sep 11, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Might I suggest the Rick Sutcliffe and Steve Phillips memorial toilet bowls, in honor of the total crap they spread as gospel every broadcast?

  2. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Sep 11, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    “Who cares, no one’s listening” – Bob Uecker
    God I love that movie.

  3. Koot - Sep 11, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    The John Sterling urinal would be nice. Hawk Harrelson janitor’s closet?

  4. Shely - Sep 11, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    What? The best baseball can come up with is Harwell, & Allen? How about the best radio announcer in the history of baseball? Harry Carey had the most ardent followers. He was truly an iconic figure in St. Louis and Chicago. Perhaps that is the problem. He didn’t announce in N.Y. or La. The aforementioned announcers were very good and do belong in the Hall, however NO ONE comes close to Harry.

  5. Craig Calcaterra - Sep 11, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Shely — Harwell made his name in Atlanta, Baltimore and most significantly, Detroit.
    As for Caray, he may be among the most beloved announcers — and I loved him too — but he wasn’t better at his job than any of the three mentioned here. He routinely screwed up names and got stuff wrong. He also routinely drank on the job. These things made him memorable and loveable and made him everything he was, but you can’t say that it made him better than Harwell, Scully or Allen.

  6. Shely - Sep 11, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    Well, if that is how we are judging the announcers, then how about the one who was as good or better than any of the three they picked. Profession, smooth and accurate. Great voice in speaking and announcing. Accurate and not a homer. Knowledgeable and liked by most players and managers alike. My choice is Jack Buck. Oh, I am sorry, he is not a favorite of the elite media writers and baseball owners. Sorry he doesn’t count either.

  7. Craig Calcaterra - Sep 11, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Jack Buck is actually a fabulous choice. And he’s universally respected, so I don’t quite get your “he doesn’t count either” comment.
    MLB chose to go with three guys, two of whom are still alive and thus may make for a nicer tribute right now. I don’t think that choosing ether of them — or Mel Allen — was a value judgment on Jack Buck. Or Red Barber. Or Harry Kalas. Or Jerry Coleman. Or Bob Uecker. At some point, you just have three rooms to name and you have to make a choice, right?

  8. Christopher - Sep 11, 2009 at 6:24 PM

    Shely, you need to remove the sharp stick from your ass.

  9. Grant - Sep 11, 2009 at 6:41 PM

    The way that some people go on about coastal elitism almost makes me want to try as hard as possible to actually BE a coastal elitist.
    Sheesh people, not everything is a conspiracy or example of bias against whatever you hold dear. Americans need to get a grip.

  10. Tony A - Sep 12, 2009 at 5:53 PM


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