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And the award for MLB’s most biased announcer goes to …

Sep 25, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

hawk harrelson

Some studies have unexpected results that change the way people think about a subject. This is not one of them.

Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal watched a local broadcast of all 30 teams to track the announcers’ level of bias and concluded that longtime White Sox play-by-play man Hawk Harrelson is indeed the biggest homer around.

“Credit” was given when an announcer used we/us/our as their pronoun of choice or referred to a player as some sort of pet name and according to Diamond “additional penalties were given for things like excessive moping after miscues or unrestrained glee after big moments.”

Harrelson is the king of all those things, so not surprisingly he (and partner Steve Stone) blew away the competition by making what Diamond determined to be 104 “biased statements” during a single game. Next-closest was the Indians’ crew of Matt Underwood and Rick Manning with 23 biased statements.

And of course Harrelson being Harrelson, he was thrilled to find out he lapped the field:

You just made my day. That’s the biggest compliment you could give me, to call me the biggest homer in baseball.

For the full results of Diamond’s study, click here.

  1. phillyphannn83 - Sep 25, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    This “report” is so inaccurate its laughable. This guy clearly has no idea what being a homer means. What it really means is that you think your team is better than they really are despite proof otherwise; I should know, look at my screename. The Philadelphia fanbase is constantly accused of this. Truth is, every fanbase has fans that are homers, the difference with Philly is we have more vocal fans than other teams so it seems more glaring that were homers(was that a homer statement? hmmm) This guy think that an announcer saying we instead of they or making an awesome play-by-play call(which is their job!!!), makes him a homer. Here’s one example he gives by I think the Pirates broadcast team: “the two games he pitched against us, he was lights out” whereas if they said “the two games he pitched against THEM, he was lights out” that’s not a “homer” statement. The truth of the matter is that this statement, no matter how it is worded is not a biased statement, its a FACTUAL statement. Here is a biased, homer statement: “the Phillies have the best pitching staff in baseball.” This writer thinks if an announcer says “We have the best pitching staff in baseball” THAT makes it a homer statement, because he said “we” not the content of the statement which isn’t factually correct. He is so wrong its laughable. The reason most announcers say we or us instead of they or them is because the announcers WORK FOR THE TEAM! They represent the team so its natural to say us or we. Its just like us fans, when talking about our team we usually say us or we because that’s our team. Were not on the team or paid by the team but we refer to it as our team like we are. That doesn’t make you a biased homer, saying illogical things that aren’t backed up by proof or numbers does.

    • dcfan4life - Sep 25, 2012 at 10:38 PM

      No one ever takes Philly fans serious cuz you morons booed santa. Your all out of your minds. That may make you homers, but every angle you use to make your points about your teams are always ridiculous. Once you fanbase finally convinces your owners to fire Jerry Manual and Andy Reid and go back to mediocrity the better, so we can hear one less idiotic comment from a Philly fan.

      • adamsfore - Sep 26, 2012 at 12:36 PM

        The Expos are good for one season and the DC fans come outta the woodwork. somebody turn on the lights so the cockroaches will crawl back in to their holes.
        Your city hasn’t been relevant in the sports world for years.

        As for Santa Clause, that’s media hype. It was a drunk fan in a beat up Santa suit acting like a douche, got what he deserved. to top it all off it happened in 1968!

        Here’s a link fron this very website.

      • phillyphannn83 - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:18 AM

        Who is Jerry Manual? Is he related to Charlie Manuel?

  2. bubbalynch - Sep 25, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    1 homerism for Kruk & Kuip? very, VERY doubtful! with that zoo in SF?

  3. avietar - Sep 26, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Harrelson’s not only the biggest “homer,” but, just as bad, the most floridly shameless showboat among all the sports announcers I’ve ever heard.

    Harrelson thinks the whole broadcast is about HIM, and not what’s going on on the field (which is, of course, directly connected to his Republican campaign-like disregard for facts).

    The sooner this disgrace retires, the better-served the White Sox, their fans and the entire game of baseball will be.

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