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Awful Announcing reader poll ranks the local announcers by awfulness

Apr 28, 2014, 12:32 PM EDT

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To be fair, there are good ones here too, but I think people have a lot more fun talking about the bad announcing teams.

Here is Awful Announcing’s list. I don’t take serious issue with most of it. My personal least favorite, as well as the least-favorite of the Awful Announcing readers, is the Hawk Harrelson-led White Sox broadcasts. I understand he’s polarizing — a lot of White Sox fans love him — but nah, never gonna come around on that.

I have no idea how the Braves are as high as 21. I watch more Braves games than any other team’s so I am sort of acclimated to their awfulness, but when I think about it I am stuck by just how annoying they can be. I’m assuming Braves fans stuffed the ballot box. I think the Reds are too high too. They’re only watchable when George Grande calls the games and that’s pretty seldom these days compared to Thom Brennaman who is just horrifying.

I see the Tigers second-most after the Braves, and while I don’t necessarily love Mario and Rod personally — not sure I’d have them at 11 — I totally get their appeal. Particularly the stuff about them not taking things too seriously. The analysis is often kind of derpy, but they get the tone right and that’s important when you watch dozens of games.

The top five — which you have to go click on to see ranked — is hard to argue with, even if you quibble with the particular order.

Are reader polls scientific? No, but the comments Awful Announcing collected all seem pretty astute and mostly constructive.

106 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. onbucky96 - Apr 28, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    And you put the obvious up on the board…yeeeeeees!

  2. onbucky96 - Apr 28, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    And yeah, the Brewers announcers also serve as head cheerleaders for the team. And yes, we know the Brewers got Segura from the Angels. Seems like that gets brought up, a lot.

  3. joerymi - Apr 28, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    As a Tigers fan, I think the TV side is very good, actually. I think they we were far too easy on some of Leyland’s perplexing decisions over the years, but pretty good overall.

    The radio side? Horrible.

  4. pastabelly - Apr 29, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    It’s heartening to see Red Sox fans turn on Jerry Remy. He was pretty good a while back and has been living on the personna (RemDawg) that he created. Now, knowing the whole deal with his murdering son, the whole thing is just kind of creepy. Eckersley provides sharper analysis.

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