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Dan Schlossberg’s Midweek Report: Postseason Broadcasts Should Be Better

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It’s bad enough the games start late. It’s also bad that nobody knows where to find a new channel called Fox Sports 1.

But it’s inexcusable that so many bad announcers surface at the same time and on all channels.

TBS did a better job when it broadcast Braves games

TBS did a better job when it broadcast Braves games

Proving the point that former players rarely make good broadcasters, the trio on TBS is so bad that games it carries are best watched with the sound on mute.

Bob Costas, the best play-by-play man in captivity, was in vintage fine form on MLB Network but sabotaged by Harold Reynolds, who does not belong to anywhere near a broadcast booth.

Harold Reynolds is living proof that former base-stealers don't always make good announcers

Harold Reynolds is living proof that former base-stealers don’t always make good announcers

Dan Schulman does a nice job on ESPN but Aaron Boone is a difficult burden to bear.

Nor do John Kruk, Orel Hershiser, or Rick Sutcliffe add anything to a broadcast.

In the good old days of broadcast baseball, World Series broadcast teams used to include one “national” reporter plus one regular announcer from each participating team.

At least that produced fairness. But having Oriole icon Cal Ripken, Jr. broadcast Baltimore games without a Kansas City counterpart like George Brett seems like a serious conflict of interest.

It’s too bad the broadcast booths are so poorly staffed for baseball’s showcase games. Team announcers are almost always better than so-called “national” announcers who rarely do their homework.

Too many of them can’t even pronounce the names of the players properly, though they can learn by taking the time to visit the dugouts and clubhouses before the games.

MLB Network was missing in action during the Championship Series

MLB Network was missing in action during the Championship Series

And speaking of games, starting them at 8:00 or later compromises MLB’s goal of reaching the widest possible audience. Two-thirds of viewers live in the Eastern time zone but can’t stay up to see the often-exciting finishes, one of which ended at 12:45 a.m. ET.

Why not start at 7 or even 6:30 so that the fans of tomorrow can see both the beginning and the end?

Supposedly, it has something to do with “prime time,” which starts at 8 on weekdays and 7 on Sundays. But how about the back end of games? Advertisers should realize they’re paying for airtime that many people miss because their commercials air in the wee hours of the morning.

Let’s hope that incoming Commissioner Rob Manfred can right the ship and better the future of the game.

Elsewhere around the majors:

Now that he has big bucks to work with, youthful new Dodgers Baseball Operations Chief Andrew Friedman can be even more successful than he was in Tampa Bay . . .

The Dodgers pulled a coup by luring brainy executive Andrew Friedman from Tampa Bay

The Dodgers pulled a coup by luring brainy executive Andrew Friedman from Tampa Bay

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If Greg Holland weren’t so anchored as the Kaycee closer, 24-year-old Kelvin Herrera might be ready to take the job next season . . .

Buoyed by their bellwether bullpen, the Kansas City Royals are the first team in baseball history to win four extra-inning games in the same postseason . . .

Terrance Gore, the 23-year-old rookie summoned from the minors on August 31, didn’t play much but still managed to have a better year than Al Gore . . .

The elbow problems experienced by Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright probably are the result of a two-year workload of 512 2/3 innings, the most of any major-league pitcher . . .

Can the Cards survive an injured Yadier Molina?

Can the Cards survive an injured Yadier Molina?

Either Dave Righetti’s a genius or Jake Peavy is the luckiest man alive, shaking off a 12-game losing streak in Boston earlier this year to become a dependable starter in San Francisco . . .

Though he says he can catch, Yadier Molina’s oblique problem hurts the Cardinals, who went 20-20 when the Puerto Rican receiver missed 40 games in midsummer . .

Baltimore went 46-35 in road games this year but will need to post a better percentage to rebound in the ALCS against Kansas City . . .

Pitching is killing the Birds, with Baltimore starters lasting less than five innings per start in the playoffs . . .

Nobody paid attention then but the Royals had the best record in the American League after the 2013 All-Star break . . .

Jarrod Dyson, one of many speed merchants wearing Royals livery, has the word ZOOM carved into his head . . .

Jarrod Dyson is just one of many speedy Royals racing for the World Series

Jarrod Dyson is just one of many speedy Royals racing for the World Series

Kaycee slugger Alex Gordon, one of the team’s graybeards at age 30, had only one hit in his first 24 at-bats in the majors . . .

Remember when? The Royals had only one winning season between 1995 and 2012 . . .

This is the 10th anniversary of the only team to rebound from a 3-0 deficit in a postseason series: the 2004 Boston Red Sox . . .

Erstwhile Cardinals closer Jason Motte, not on the team’s NLCS roster, didn’t fare well this season after returning from Tommy John surgery . . .

Sloppy relief work has hurt San Francisco in its NLCS competition against St. Louis, with the Giants becoming the first team to yield home runs in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings of the same game . . .

Slap-hitting St. Louis slugged 11 homers in its first six playoff games . . .

The bat of Chris Davis, the suspended slugger, would have helped the O's

The bat of Chris Davis, the suspended slugger, would have helped the O’s

Baltimore slugger Chris Davis, who hammered 53 homers last year, remains suspended for amphetamines use but would be eligible for the World Series . . .

The O’s have also had to manage without slick-fielding third baseman Manny Machado and catcher Matt Wieters . . .

New Arizona GM Dave Stewart surprised when he picked Chip Hale, a minor-league manager and major-league third base coach, over Jim Tracy the successor to ousted D’backs manager Kirk Gibson  . . .

Psst, pass it on: the homer-starved Mets are moving their outfield fences in after Curtis Granderson hit just seven of his 20 homers at home and Lucas Duda hit just 14 of 30 in CitiField.

 

 

About Dan Schlossberg

Former AP sportswriter Dan Schlossberg of Fair Lawn, NJ has produced 35 baseball books, including autobiographies of Ron Blomberg, Al Clark, and Milo Hamilton. Also a broadcaster, he is the host and executive producer of Braves Banter and Travel Itch Radio and a contributor to Sirius XM.

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