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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Chicago Sports: Steve Stone on your Sox radio dial

And Rosenbloom with a shot at Chris “legendary Primer thread” Singleton…

No matter how badly the White Sox play this year, the radio broadcasts WSCR-AM 670-AM will at least be entertaining and interesting with Steve Stone replacing the intolerable Chris Singleton to work alongside the underrated Ed Farmer. Heard the news Tuesday on the Mike North Morning Show. Singleton apparently is going to ESPN as a “Baseball Tonight” talking head, and I’m thinking, ESPN must have a void at guys who have the speech pattern of a pinball machine. No matter. Singleton is gone and the smartest man on my radio or television is going to keep me company on a regular basis. At least until Stone buys the Cubs.

Repoz Posted: March 04, 2008 at 05:09 PM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Stevens Posted: March 04, 2008 at 05:31 PM (#2705702)
I think Ed Farmer is one of the worst announcers in baseball. To my ears, he's the one who makes Sox radio broadcasts "intolerable." Stoney will help the broadcast, but he can't save it with Farmer at the helm.

Were John Rooney still broadcasting Sox games and got paired with Stone, you'd have had one hell of a team.
   2. asinwreck Posted: March 04, 2008 at 06:27 PM (#2705825)
Agreed on wishing Rooney and Stone could do Sox games together. Now if they can only get rid of Harrelson on the TV side, the broadcasts will get even better.
   3. Wakefieldfan Posted: March 04, 2008 at 07:37 PM (#2705940)
He gone!
   4. Jimmy P Posted: March 04, 2008 at 07:40 PM (#2705943)
Thank the Lord. I may actually pony up and get the internet radio package again this year. I stopped when Rooney left, because while I can tolerate one poor announcer (Farmer), I couldn't tolerate one poor announcer and one absolutely terrible one.
   5. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: March 04, 2008 at 07:59 PM (#2705971)
I think Ed Farmer is one of the worst announcers in baseball. To my ears, he's the one who makes Sox radio broadcasts "intolerable."

Farmer has been craptastic, no doubt, but Stone should keep him on his toes. Remember, Farmer was good during his audition and blanded out as soon as he got the job.
   6. Cooperstown Schtick Posted: March 04, 2008 at 10:15 PM (#2706143)
As an XM listener who doesn't keep good track of who's speaking, I have to say that for the last two years the White Sox have had the absolute worst broadcasts. Hands down. Nobody close.

I've enjoyed Stone in the past and look forward to being able to listen to White Sox home games on XM without putting the mute button on. Which, yes, makes them really boring. And somewhat hard to follow.
   7. Moloka'i Three-Finger Brown (Declino DeShields) Posted: March 04, 2008 at 10:57 PM (#2706193)
As an XM listener who doesn't keep good track of who's speaking, I have to say that for the last two years the White Sox have had the absolute worst broadcasts. Hands down. Nobody close


Insofar as Milo Hamilton is still broadcasting baseball games on the radio, I find this claim very hard to believe.
   8. The Tarp That Ate Vince Coleman Posted: March 04, 2008 at 11:34 PM (#2706214)
Dr. Memory...

Do you have any evidence Farmer ever has been anything other than horrible?

Do you like the way he tells us "You're counting outs now" and then tells us you get the first one, then the second one, then the third one?

Or how about when he prefaces his incredible opinions with "I'll say this..."

Or how about whenever he comes across someone who ever set foot in Southern California, he'll recite their entire SoCal history as if we give a flip? I'm glad Jon Garland is gone from the Sox, if only so we don't have to hear about his SoCal roots for the millionth time.

"...bloop and a blast..." "...If (enter Sox player name here) hits a homer here, then the Sox are within a slam..."

yuck, yuck, yuck, yuck, yuck.

Farmio will find a way to limit Stoney's effectiveness.
   9. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: March 05, 2008 at 12:31 AM (#2706252)
I've enjoyed Stone in the past and look forward to being able to listen to White Sox home games on XM without putting the mute button on. Which, yes, makes them really boring. And somewhat hard to follow.


I've "listened" to baseball and college football games on XM with the volume turned down. The radio display shows you the score and situation. It reminds me of the early days of the internet.
   10. Dan Evensen Posted: March 05, 2008 at 02:21 AM (#2706302)
Chris “legendary Primer thread” Singleton

Link?
   11. Cooperstown Schtick Posted: March 05, 2008 at 03:07 AM (#2706330)
Insofar as Milo Hamilton is still broadcasting baseball games on the radio, I find this claim very hard to believe.


It's really surprising, now that I have been exposed to more them with more frequency, how mediocre-to-unpleasant some of the Frick Award winners really are, while truly talented broadcasters that I listened to growing up -- like Bill White and Tony Kubek -- continue to be disregarded by that particular award (although I believe Kubek made the final ballot at least once).
   12. NTNgod Posted: March 05, 2008 at 03:11 AM (#2706331)
Chris “legendary Primer thread” Singleton

>>>Link?


Ahh, the legendary thread, where the news came down that Billy Beane had acquired OBP-challenged Chris Singleton, which rocked a few people's foundations.
(there was still quite a bit of "Moneyball == OBP" at this point)
   13. Dan Evensen Posted: March 05, 2008 at 03:11 AM (#2706332)
Kubek never won the Frick Award? I'm surprised. In retrospect, he was a very good broadcaster.
   14. Repoz Posted: March 05, 2008 at 03:17 AM (#2706335)
Chris “legendary Primer thread” Singleton

Not as legendary as I remembered, but it was one of the early 125+ threads.

Link from 2002

or there might have been another one.
   15. NTNgod Posted: March 05, 2008 at 03:27 AM (#2706337)

Not as legendary as I remembered, but it was one of the early 125+ threads.


I started digging too for the "Singleton Thread" I remembered, and couldn't find the one I was looking for, either. I remembered the Dudek thread you linked to.

Then again, a good number of the early-Primer threads have been lost to the sands of time, so if you can't find it, it doesn't mean it never happened :P
   16. Charter Member of the Jesus Melendez Fanclub Posted: March 05, 2008 at 03:32 AM (#2706340)
And even the ones that can be found are missing lots of posts, so 125 posts probably means at least 250 in reality.

Thanks Furtado!
   17. Charter Member of the Jesus Melendez Fanclub Posted: March 05, 2008 at 03:33 AM (#2706341)
Case in point:

35. Alan Posted: January 31, 2002 at 11:02 PM (#86337)
Why has a thread about Chris Singleton gotten 77 comments?


2:1 is about right
   18. Hello Rusty Kuntz, Goodbye Rusty Cars Posted: March 05, 2008 at 05:11 AM (#2706372)
I don’t see how this could benefit Chicago. Harris is the 8th best Oriole prospect according to Baseball America. Is that supposed to be a compliment? Singleton is a very usable outfielder and that is probably more than Harris will ever be.

Somehow The Original Gary didn't foresee Harris scoring the winning run for the World Series champion White Sox, like the rest of us did.
   19. BeanoCook Posted: March 05, 2008 at 05:25 AM (#2706383)
I've "listened" to baseball and college football games on XM with the volume turned down. The radio display shows you the score and situation. It reminds me of the early days of the internet.


Great post. It was not all that long ago actually. You still have to do this for a few college football games.
   20. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: March 05, 2008 at 08:39 PM (#2706788)
Do you have any evidence Farmer ever has been anything other than horrible?

Evidence, no, I have no MP3 of Farmer being good. You'll just have to take my word for it, when Farmer was doing his live audition, he was funny and unsparing of feelings. That got him the job. Then he immediately became what you describe.

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