We had a really interesting discussion on managers and what we wanted to see out of them, and I wanted to open up a similar one.
We carp about how bad the non-Niehaus portion of the M’s broadcast crew is, but where do we go from here?
I wrote a column at BP about this (in fact, I even said “I’ve complained a lot about broadcasts, but what do I actually want?” which I quoted there for the sake of repetitiveness).
Take, for example, Mike Curto, who does the announcing for the Rainiers. We’ve touted him over and over for a major league job. Huge amount of prep work, he’s insanely prepared and up on the game, he’ll say dumb stuff in the course of three hours (and I would too, if I had to talk for three hours broadcasting a game) but often realizes it and goes back. We love Pat Dillon, who does the broadcasts for the Everett Aquasox, another guy who’s interested in learning everything he can so he can do his job better — in the Northwest League!
What do you look for in your broadcast crew? Is it the voice? Why do teams remake their rosters when they stink, but are unwilling to replace even the worst announcers with clearly superior talent?