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The Royals broadcast had a pretty big graphics fail tonight

May 23, 2013, 11:32 PM EDT

If you watch enough baseball games, you’ll see the occasional error with an in-game graphic. You know how it goes, perhaps a player’s name is misspelled or the wrong name is shown with a particular player. However, we hit the jackpot tonight.

In the FOX Sports Kansas City broadcast of the Angels-Royals game, there was an in-game text poll asking fans which young player they would build a team around. The choices? Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, and Matt Harvey. While it was a reasonable question, there were a number of issues with the graphic. See if you can spot them all.


I wonder if Bryce Hunter and Matt Jones ever hang out with Willie Mayes and Carl Ripken, Jr.

(Thanks to Awful Announcing for the picture)

  1. thomas844 - May 23, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Personally, I’d build my team around Shelby Melber.

  2. josemartez - May 23, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    I thought this was a joke or a prank when I saw it first. There’s more wrong than right.

  3. chill1184 - May 23, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Oh TV mishaps how they entertain me so

  4. elguapo16 - May 23, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    They ended their question with a preposition?

    Ugh, stupid video board graphics guys…

    • Walk - May 24, 2013 at 12:07 AM

      Ending a sentence is a holdover from latin. It is actually grammatically correct, but commonly thought wrong in english. Winston Churchill has been given credit for writing in a note that was the “sort of English up with which he will not put”. He may not have said that of course, but I enjoy the story and thought to pass it along here.

      • Old Gator - May 24, 2013 at 7:25 AM

        Ending a sentence with a preposition is a sign of bad breeding – like “Please pass the jelly.”

      • fredverd - May 24, 2013 at 8:16 AM

        Technically it’s not a preposition unless it takes an object. If there is no object, it must be an adverb. But who really cares? We speak to communicate, and we all understand what is/was meant…

      • Old Gator - May 24, 2013 at 9:45 AM

        I’m not sure I understand you – is it meant, or was it meant? No Heisenberg with my semiotics, please.

      • Gamera the Brave - May 24, 2013 at 10:44 AM

        Gator, I think I may be disappointed with you – English perfesser (ret.) or not, injecting the venerable “Uncertainty principle” brings spice to our language – and NEVER leads to misunderstanding, fistfights, Global Thermonuclear War or anything bad…

      • Old Gator - May 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM

        And I tell you what else – I wish that stupid cat would just die already.

      • nukeladouche - May 24, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        People who say you can’t end a sentence with a preposition just don’t know where it’s at.

  5. markrunsvold - May 23, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    I’ll take Hunter any day. That kid’s bat, Steve Starsburn’s arm, Evan Diamond’s glove… Shoot. Those Washington Detroits are going places!

    • brewcrewfan54 - May 24, 2013 at 1:05 AM

      I’m pretty drunk but I’m sure if I was sober I’d still enjoy the hell outta this comment.

  6. dacty4491 - May 24, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Well, we all know that Mike Trout is a future Yankee, so the graphic is just anticipating a bit.

    • Old Gator - May 24, 2013 at 7:28 AM

      I always thought his name was Mark Trout. And if he ever married Brooke Shields, her name would be….

    • jarathen - May 24, 2013 at 9:01 AM

      It is so depressing to see that.

      • Old Gator - May 24, 2013 at 10:58 AM

        What, trying to imagine Brooke Shields with gill slits?

  7. thebadguyswon - May 24, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Mets get screwed again! Matt Jones heads to Baltimore and somehow the Yankees got Mike Trout! Figures.

  8. cookiedabookie - May 24, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Reminds me of Sen. Ted Kennedy in 1998: “Mike McGwire and Sammy Susar”

    • Old Gator - May 24, 2013 at 7:25 AM

      Give the guy a break. He had a brain tumor.

  9. tfbuckfutter - May 24, 2013 at 12:41 AM


    Hunter Bryce is a dead pornstar who had pert nipples and an affinity for squirting.

    I miss her dearly.

    (Only the last part of that isn’t 100% true…..I do miss her slightly though).

    • brewcrewfan54 - May 24, 2013 at 1:07 AM

      That’s what the intraweb is for. You’ll never be without her.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 24, 2013 at 1:19 AM

        I can’t watch a dead chick bang.

        It creeps me out.

        Once a chick is dead or bangs someone incredibly gross, she is no longer a sexual being to me.

        Carmen Electra has been dead to me since the late 90s.

    • Old Gator - May 24, 2013 at 7:27 AM

      Is this really the appropriate place for such a discussion? This is a baseball blog.


      • tfbuckfutter - May 24, 2013 at 5:57 PM

        Probably would have relayed the information in a less crass manner if I hadn’t be kind of whiskeyed up….

        But the fact that the person put Bryce Hunter instead of Bryce Harper needed to be addressed.

  10. kcrobert10 - May 24, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Does it matter they lost again. Just shows u when ur forced to watch this bad baseball team it makes u crazy.

  11. baseballisboring - May 24, 2013 at 3:02 AM

    Oh WOW. It took me a minute to notice that all of the team logos are wrong too. Graphics guy, what are you…doing?

  12. dan1111 - May 24, 2013 at 4:44 AM

    Methinks they copied and pasted from the last question and forgot to finish the job. It was something about outfielders, perhaps?

    • rdillon99 - May 24, 2013 at 7:41 AM

      I think that you’re right… I’d bet that on the prior question, the first two answers were Torii Hunter and Adam Jones

    • nbjays - May 24, 2013 at 8:12 AM

      I had the same thought, Dan, when I saw the first two logos and last names. Wouldn’t that make the answers to C and D Manny Rios and Mike Gardner? :-)

  13. blacksables - May 24, 2013 at 6:20 AM

    Good thing this Wasn’t an electronic umpiring system or anything. You know, because electronic failures rarely happen , but are much more acceptable than human ones .

    • paperlions - May 24, 2013 at 7:32 AM

      You are still an idiot.

      • paperlions - May 24, 2013 at 7:33 AM

        …and it wasn’t an electronic failure, it was a human failure.

      • blacksables - May 24, 2013 at 8:22 AM

        You just can’tdeal with the fact that I’mright. When your perfect system fails , what are you going to pitch about then?

      • blacksables - May 24, 2013 at 8:25 AM

        Who is going to program your electronic umpiring machine? Another robot ?

      • blacksables - May 24, 2013 at 8:28 AM

        Sorry , “bitch about “. Damn electronic predictive text.

      • stex52 - May 24, 2013 at 8:35 AM

        How do you figure that, Blacksables? A human put together that graphic.

      • koufaxmitzvah - May 24, 2013 at 8:44 AM

        Actually, Pitch About would have worked just fine as a sarcastic funny. That’s the Human Element you brought to the discussion… and then you dissed it.

        But I agree. Humans above robots.

      • blacksables - May 24, 2013 at 9:07 AM

        I debated internally , kofax, about whether or not to change it, and lost. A perfect example of programming error .

  14. hdanger10 - May 24, 2013 at 6:51 AM

    Not sure i understand the comment stables. This is a human error, the computer didn’t decide not to accept the correct names. This furthers the point that humans make mistakes.

    • apmn - May 24, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      It was an enjoyable human error. Nobody got hurt. Nobody gets hurt when the umpires screw up, either. And they give us something to talk about the next day.

  15. yarguy - May 24, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    The most disturbing thing about this is that it means someone was actually watching a baseball telecast when Steve Physioc and Rex Hudler were the announcers.

  16. someguyinva - May 24, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    This wasn’t just plain terrible, this was fancy terrible. This was terrible with raisins in it.

    • geoknows - May 24, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      The addition of raisins to anything makes it even worse.

      • someguyinva - May 24, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        You’ll have to take it up with Dorothy Parker.

  17. umrguy42 - May 24, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    I saw one the other night that might make some commenters here happy – when Daniel Descalso hit a grand slam, the Fox Sports Midwest (or whatever they’re calling themselves these days) said “Pete Kozma GRAND SLAM” up in the score bar :p

  18. sportsdrenched - May 24, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    I’ve watched a lot of bad baseball from the Royals over the years. But always kept watching because: 1. It was baseball and before I had so it was the only game in town. 2. I honestly liked the broadcast.

    But the last two years the race to the bottom Wal-Mart mentality that plagues the rest of the team finally infected the broadcast. No one does any prep, go out of their way to avoid advanced metrics, cheerlead like a teeange Hawk Harelson, and there are more and more instances of being outright inaccurate. (Steve Physioc the other night said “The Astros are much like the Royals in that they only have one World Series apperance.” -click.

    I’ve learned more about this Royals team from listening to opposing broadcasts than the Royals Broadcast. Now, the team is bad, and the broadcast is bad, that I’m not even turning it on just to have noise in the background….that and I have other baseball options now.

  19. themiddle54 - May 24, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Glaringly bad is the use of RBI as if it’s meaningful.

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