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Rob Dibble won't be calling Nationals games any time soon

Aug 30, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

Nationals television analyst Rob Dibble was initially said to be on a two-game “vacation” after telling Stephen Strasburg to “suck it up” and “stop crying” about the elbow injury that proved to require Tommy John surgery, but he wasn’t on the air for either game this weekend and now MASN has announced that he won’t be with the team on their six-day road trip that begins tonight in Florida.
Asked to provide further details, MASN spokesperson Todd Webster said: “He asked for and was granted a few days off. Beyond that, I don’t have a comment.”
I’ve already written plenty about Dibble’s comments, so I won’t rehash that now, but suffice it to say that every Nationals fan I know is hoping they’ve seen and heard the last of him on the team’s broadcasts. And that really has very little to do with what he said about Strasburg.
Ray Knight has been subbing for Dibble and, while I’ve not tuned in to hear him yet, I can say with the utmost confidence that he’s a massive upgrade. If a good, well-liked announcer says something stupid, perhaps you give him a pass. If a terrible, almost universally disliked announcer says something stupid, just weeks after also saying something stupid … well, why not give Nationals fans some good news for once and drop him?

  1. Lt. Colombo - Aug 30, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    Can’t we all just agree that Joe Morgan should be fired?

  2. Kevin S. - Aug 31, 2010 at 4:23 AM

    You should start a website about that. Who knows, it might even be popular.

  3. TwoRolls - Sep 1, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    I would never say that Dibble was the best, but he was colorful which is a nice quality in a color commentator. Sure he said some dumb things, but most guys who talk for three hours at a stretch six days a week end up saying dumb things.
    He was also the only guy who would dare utter a criticism of Nationals players. To paraphrase Ray Knight just after Guzman was traded, “now that he’s gone I can say it…”. He also waited until the good start to this season to finally criticize last season. Dibble was the only one who would say “we have problems” as soon as he saw them. It was refreshing enough to excuse the “we”.

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