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ESPN may re-work ‘Sunday Night Baseball,’ but A-Rod is safe

The person making this decision needs to be fired and his exact opposite needs to take his place.

Former New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will be back on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” next season, but the rest of the broadcast team could be different. ESPN is considering making changes in the broadcast booth next season, according to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2019 at 03:45 PM | 32 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. jmurph Posted: October 15, 2019 at 04:03 PM (#5890751)
From TFA:
While there’s some uncertainty regarding Jessica Mendoza and Matt Vasgersian, the Post believes the two have a “70% chance of returning.”

They published an article, with that headline, because there is a 30% chance ESPN makes some kind of unspecified change?
   2. The Mighty Quintana Posted: October 15, 2019 at 04:20 PM (#5890758)
70% as a pair? Or they each independently have a 70% chance of returning, which would make their chances of returning as a pair = 49%.
   3. Tin Angel Posted: October 15, 2019 at 05:51 PM (#5890783)
A-Rod, Chris Berman, and Rick Sutcliffe sound good to me.
   4. JAHV Posted: October 15, 2019 at 06:14 PM (#5890791)
Then I will continue to avoid watching it. A-Rod is awful.
   5. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 15, 2019 at 06:27 PM (#5890794)

Then I will continue to avoid watching it. A-Rod is awful.

I was going to say I find A-Rod very grating in the booth. The other two are pretty good, I think.
   6. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: October 15, 2019 at 06:49 PM (#5890801)
Well, call me sexist, but I can't really take being lectured on the finer points of hitting a slider by someone who played softball.
   7. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 15, 2019 at 07:00 PM (#5890805)
Well, call me sexist, but I can't really take being lectured on the finer points of hitting a slider by someone who played softball.

Where did Vasgersian play baseball? (Sort-of honest question -- all I can find about him before his announcing days is that he was a child actor.)
   8. PreservedFish Posted: October 15, 2019 at 07:07 PM (#5890810)
I've truly lost the capacity to care about bad announcing. Decades of anger over this subject have subsided. I listen to ARod and JMend and MVasg happily.
   9. QLE Posted: October 15, 2019 at 07:31 PM (#5890816)
Where did Vasgersian play baseball?


For that matter, if we were to come up with a list of the best broadcasters to ever call baseball games, how many ex-players would be on it?
   10. catomi01 Posted: October 15, 2019 at 07:33 PM (#5890817)
I've truly lost the capacity to care about bad announcing. Decades of anger over this subject have subsided. I listen to ARod and JMend and MVasg happily.


At this point, the worst TV announcers are light years better than the Yankee's radio broadcast, so I barely notice or get worked over anything anymore. Listening to Sterling and Waldman though, I find myself ready to turn off the radio after an inning or two. Most bad TV announcers I can tune out pretty easily these days.
   11. Joe Bivens, Slack Rumped Rutabaga Head Posted: October 15, 2019 at 08:33 PM (#5890857)
They all suck, and it isn't even their fault. They have to chatter constantly. There needs to be some lulls, otherwise, it becomes like the drip drip drip of water torture.
   12. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 15, 2019 at 09:06 PM (#5890891)
Mendoza has been paired with Jon Sciambi on ESPN Radio throughout the playoffs and she's been noticeably better. They've got a natural chemistry that lends itself to a better flow throughout the game compared to what I've heard during the regular season on Sunday Night Baseball.
   13. Sweatpants Posted: October 15, 2019 at 09:13 PM (#5890896)
Mendoza has been paired with Jon Sciambi on ESPN Radio throughout the playoffs and she's been noticeably better. They've got a natural chemistry that lends itself to a better flow throughout the game compared to what I've heard during the regular season on Sunday Night Baseball.
Is it just the two of them? Part of that might be going from a three-person booth, which rarely works, to one with just two people.

The Mets have a three-person booth that people like, right? Have there ever been any others?
   14. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 15, 2019 at 09:16 PM (#5890899)
going from a three-person booth
Well, technically two and a half.
   15. JimMusComp likes Billy Eppler.... Posted: October 15, 2019 at 09:59 PM (#5890922)
Well, technically two and a half.


####### Primey.
   16. Jay Seaver Posted: October 15, 2019 at 11:12 PM (#5890983)
The Mets have a three-person booth that people like, right? Have there ever been any others?


When the Red Sox have the O'Brien/Remy/Eckersley booth, it works pretty well (I can't remember if we ever got an Orsillo/Remy/Eck booth). The radio games with Castiglione, McDonough, and Merloni are also fun, but like the TV booth, it's kind of an example of one bad piece not undoing the work of the two good ones.
   17. Rob_Wood Posted: October 16, 2019 at 12:17 AM (#5891001)
A-Rod is not awful, but he's unlistenable. In short bursts he's fine (like one comment every five minutes). But his comments are invariably too long and rambling, and too much is "Baseball according to A-Rod".

It's the cumulative effect like being smothered in an A-Rod world for three hours that I cannot tolerate. Matt & Jessica are fine, but I don't think ESPN would have them in a 2-person booth.

I may live to regret this, but I would prefer a Jon Sciambi-Rick Sutcliffe booth to any booth with A-Rod in it.
   18. Bug Selig Posted: October 16, 2019 at 07:36 AM (#5891014)
Well, call me sexist, but I can't really take being lectured on the finer points of hitting a slider by someone who played softball.
How about someone who ran cross-country and then went to broadcasting school?
   19. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: October 16, 2019 at 11:35 AM (#5891061)

Well, call me sexist, but I can't really take being lectured on the finer points of hitting a slider by someone who played softball.


Much rather listen to her than some shitburg like Merloni. He spews misinformation with so much confidence, all I think is "shut the #### up, you sucked, you continue to suck now, and your accent is awful"
   20. Greg Pope Posted: October 16, 2019 at 11:53 AM (#5891066)
Well, call me sexist, but I can't really take being lectured on the finer points of hitting a slider by someone who played softball.

Yeah, I don't see how this can possibly not be sexist unless you "can't really take" any male announcers who didn't play.
   21. Baldrick Posted: October 16, 2019 at 12:25 PM (#5891080)
Well, call me sexist, but I can't really take being lectured on the finer points of hitting a slider by someone who played softball.

I believe the expression is 'if the shoe fits.'
   22. Lassus Posted: October 16, 2019 at 12:30 PM (#5891082)
I listen to ARod and JMend and MVasg happily.

There's a name for this.
   23. PreservedFish Posted: October 16, 2019 at 12:46 PM (#5891086)
To be fair, Mendoza is a color commentator, Vasgersian is a play-by-play guy. It's not Vasgersian's job to lecture on the finer points of hitting a slider.
   24. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 16, 2019 at 12:51 PM (#5891087)
Has Mendoza ever actually lectured on the finer points of hitting a slider? I’ve heard many of her games, and I don’t remember her ever discussing aspects of playing the game that she couldn’t have learned by playing softball.
   25. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: October 16, 2019 at 01:59 PM (#5891106)
I logged in to say the same thing as 12. They had an easy camaraderie.
   26. Traderdave Posted: October 16, 2019 at 02:40 PM (#5891116)
Most of my baseball consumption is radio, and I find Sciambi/Mendoza decent. Not Frick award worthy but a good solid B, maybe a B+ on a good day.

Berman is less obnoxious and self obsessed on radio than TV, but he is.....not wonderful.

   27. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: October 16, 2019 at 03:16 PM (#5891128)
Mendoza has been paired with Jon Sciambi on ESPN Radio throughout the playoffs and she's been noticeably better. They've got a natural chemistry that lends itself to a better flow throughout the game compared to what I've heard during the regular season on Sunday Night Baseball.


I agree with this, they've been fun, and even had a few running jokes. Kudos to ESPN for offering a free radio stream through their app.

A-Rod is okay, but nothing special. He and (especially) Reynolds are better suited for the studio, I think. Reynolds in particular feels the need to break down every single throwover or foul ball like it's the Zapruder film. It gets tedious during games, but when he is in studio and can focus on a few key plays of a game, it's much more tolerable.
   28. PreservedFish Posted: October 16, 2019 at 03:44 PM (#5891137)
Has Mendoza ever actually lectured on the finer points of hitting a slider?


Pretty sure I've heard her talk about stuff that's only relevant in MLB, like the movement of a slider. But what she said was unobjectionable and could've come from the mouth of any other PBP guy.
   29. Lassus Posted: October 16, 2019 at 03:56 PM (#5891140)
Has Mendoza ever actually lectured on the finer points of hitting a slider?

Has anyone? Are "don't swing" and "wait for one that's up and hanging" really finer points?
   30. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: October 16, 2019 at 04:58 PM (#5891151)
ARod is better in the studio for pre/post games (which is also much easier to avoid).
   31. Brian C Posted: October 16, 2019 at 05:29 PM (#5891157)
It's easy for me to believe that Mendoza is better on the radio. Over the past few years, evidence strongly suggests to me that being on TV at ESPN does something terrible to people that turns everyone into idiots. It's like that Futurama episode where the giant brains attack Earth.

It didn't used to be this way. Or at least, not this bad.

   32. Mirabelli Dictu (Chris McClinch) Posted: October 17, 2019 at 03:38 PM (#5891389)
Everything's shite since they let Jon Miller go.

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