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Rob Dibble fired as Nationals television analyst

Sep 1, 2010, 5:47 PM EDT

Rob Dibble made headlines twice last month for controversial comments about female baseball fans and Stephen Strasburg’s elbow injury, and today MASN and the Nationals announced that he’s been let go as the team’s television analyst.
I’ve written quite a bit about Dibble recently, so I won’t rehash all my points again, but suffice it to say there are a lot of happy Nationals fans right now.
Ultimately telling Strasburg to “suck it up” and “stop crying” when it turned out he had an elbow injury that requires Tommy John surgery is what cost Dibble his job, but even setting aside the various controversies he could have just as easily been fired for simply being a terrible announcer.
Dibble was a Hawk Harrelson-level homer, except without any of the charm, story-telling ability, clever phrase-turning, or worthwhile analysis. He was just all grunts and low-brow machismo, and no real baseball fan tunes into a game to hear that garbage. I’m sure he’ll land on his feet with another prominent gig, because “loud” and “controversial” can generate ratings, but for now at least he’s no longer in the same profession as Vin Scully.

  1. Utley's hair - Sep 1, 2010 at 6:18 PM

    “…”loud” and “controversial” can generate ratings….”

    I hear Fox News is hiring

  2. Xpensive Wino - Sep 1, 2010 at 6:20 PM

    No one is in the same profession as Vin Scully.

  3. hoopmatch - Sep 1, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    Well said. Scully may be the best ever at what he does. As for Dibble, I have watched a fair amount of Nationals games and kind of like the guy. I’m hard of hearing and often have trouble understanding color commentators, who are generally not chosen because they have good diction and easy-to-understand voices. Dibble, however, comes through loud and clear. I understand him better than his partner, Bob Carpenter, the professional announcer without the professional announcer voice.

  4. 60eagles - Sep 1, 2010 at 7:45 PM

    Screw you Utley.

  5. Tony A - Sep 1, 2010 at 8:46 PM

    Nailed it…

  6. Laxer37 - Sep 1, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    So let me get this straight…the Nationals were surprised that an employee nic-named “the nasty boy” said something critical?

  7. wfon1 - Sep 1, 2010 at 10:14 PM

    I remember Rob Dibble as a hard throwing pitcher that talked a lot of sh** to batters. Remember “Sit down! ” when he would strike out a batter?! CLASSIC!
    Strange that hes an announcer now.
    But still talking sh** I see.

  8. Buccofan - Sep 1, 2010 at 10:34 PM

    The average ability of baseball announcers just took a sharp turn upwards.

  9. Mr. Furious - Sep 2, 2010 at 6:45 AM

    Yikes. If you’re unfavorably compared to Hawk Harrelson in the “charm” department, it might be time to find another line of work. It’s like being called Ozzie Guillen without the tact.

  10. Joe - Sep 2, 2010 at 8:14 AM

    Already the funniest comment of the day.

  11. Detroit Michael - Sep 2, 2010 at 9:10 AM

    How about calling out the Nationals for their lying on this matter? Seems clear that Dibble didn’t voluntarily ask for a few days off last week now.

  12. JMC296 - Sep 2, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    I live in the D.C. area and I have to say he was the most obnoxious, bitter, and unpleasant person to listen to while watching a ball game. I’m not a Nats fan, but even so it was very apparent this guy just wasn’t cut to be an anouncer. Sure, anouncers can be homers as long as they are not too shameless, they provide insight to the game, and it’s all in good fun. This guy was not. He would say derogatory things about opposing players (and apparently Nats players too), bitch and moan like the damn world was about to end whenever things went wrong for the Nats, and provide baseball insight even the most casual baseball fan could match. I’ve heard this moron not so subtley hint at players on opposing teams using steroids, despite the fact that most times there were never any reports that supported such claims! That’s not talking baseball, that’s being a bully. The Nats are improving as an organization and are building a fan base (difficult thing to do in D.C. unless you’re a) the Redskins or b) very good). They took a good step in the right direction by getting rid of this putz.

  13. socalbirdfan - Sep 3, 2010 at 12:13 AM

    Utley’s hair – Sep. 1, 2010 at 6:18 PM ET
    “…”loud” and “controversial” can generate ratings….”

    I hear Fox News is hiring
    Reallly???? because I heard the loud and obnoxious Keith Olberman at MessNBC is hiring. I raise ur loud and controversial. At least Fox has ratings. And check the latest industry ratings for accuracy and FAIRNESS. For instance, during the last presidential election Fox ran more favorable stories for Obama than McCain by a narrow margin while CNN and MessNBC consistently ran stories that were slanted to Obama. Fair and balanced is right. CNN can try to claim it is more neutral than the other two networks but not according to the study that was recently done. The facts and little Andy Cooper and his less than objective stories say otherwise.

  14. phill71 - Sep 3, 2010 at 7:12 AM

    Rob Dibble has always been Rob Dibble. Loud-mouth, over the top, says everything he feels. From his days as a player to now. He’s been that way on television and radio. Now the Nationals fire him for being that way. THEY are crazy. This is on them, not Dibble. He will land on his feet, and the Nats will continue to be losers. If Dibble is low class, he’ll get a lawyer and sue. The Nats already have no class.

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