Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Readers rank MLB's radio teams

The folks at Fangraphs.com recently came up with the idea of ranking the radio broadcast teams for all 30 MLB clubs. They did it by asking readers to rate the radio broadcast teams on a scale of 1-5 for charisma, analysis and then overall.

Here's how the Reds tandem of Marty Brennaman and Jeff Brantley stacked up against the others:

18. Cincinnati Reds
Broadcasters: Marty Brennaman and Jeff Brantley
Ratings (Charisma/Analysis/Overall): 3.7, 3.3, 3.6

Three Reader Comments
• “I’m not sure which is worse: when Marty ignores the action on the field to talk about his golf game or dinner plans, or when the game occasionally attracts his attention and he treats us to withering criticism of players regardless of context or basic human compassion.”
• “Marty Brennaman… views the proceedings through exactly the same prism he did in the 1970s. If he were a doctor, he’d still be using leeches. Still, his old school approach would be fine if he weren’t such an angry man.”
• “Brantley is most adept at analyzing a plate of BBQ ribs and a bowl of ice cream (as listeners know come up way too often), but he’s also pretty good at analyzing baseball, especially pitchers.”

The uniformity of the comments regarding Brennaman and Brantley is notable. Most respondents regard Brennaman’s play-by-skills — both in terms of his voice and also capacity for narrating play — as impressive, but note that he is not necessarily at peace with the world and the people in it. Brantley appears to be playful in the way a dad is playful — in that he’s endearing but likely to embarrass you in public.

I'm a bit surprised to see them this low, but you've got to remember the results are based off a relatively small sample size. Nonetheless, it's still fun to see how the fans perceive each other's broadcasts.

To view the list from 1-30, go here. And to view the rankings for the television broadcast teams from March, go here. And if you'd like to view a master list of both, go here.

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