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Monday, February 25, 2013

Joe Buck might do a few Cards games on FSM

(Throws 10-pound bag of Nilosorb on massivo jub-jub puddle on floor)

A Buck had been in the Cardinals’ broadcast booth for 47 consecutive seasons until Joe, son of legendary broadcaster Jack Buck, decided to pull out five years ago. But he might be back on an extremely limited basis this season, in a ground-breaking role, if the planets align correctly.

There have been preliminary discussions about him doing play-by-play for a handful of Cards games on Fox Sports Midwest, in a looser fashion than ever has been done for any big-league regular season telecast.

Nothing has been cemented, but possibilities include chatting with players while the game is in progress — perhaps someone on the bench or in the on-deck circle — talking to a relief pitcher who wouldn’t play until later in the game, having a microphone on a fielder or other such innovations beyond even what might take place for an All-Star Game.

“The idea would be to try some fun stuff within a Cardinals game that hasn’t been tried before,’’ Buck said. “I don’t even know what that entails, but we’d be looking for different access to the on-air product. I think it could be cool. It would kind of loosen the reins a little, make the broadcasts a little more compelling. It would be in the category of ‘something different’ (but) how that takes shape I don’t know.’’

...FSM general manager Jack Donovan likes the idea of getting Buck — the national Fox network’s lead baseball and football announcer — back on the local airwaves.

“Nothing has been finalized but the way I look at it, Joe is widely regarded as the best announcer in the business and if we’re fortunate enough to have Joe do some games we’ll absolutely take advantage of that,’’ Donovan said. “He’s the best in the business, fans would be delighted if he was doing some games. He’s in the Fox family, he makes his home in St. Louis. It’s an option that’s out there and we’d be delighted to have Joe on our telecasts.’’

Buck firmly emphasizes that he doesn’t want to intrude on existing Dan McLaughlin and Rick Horton, who do play-by-play for FSM, as well as analyst Al Hrabosky. And if the idea comes to fruition it would be for only a few games.

“It’s insulting to Dan, it’s insulting to Ricky,’’ Buck said of any idea of him trying to get back in a regular rotation in the booth. “I’m not just looking to do games, this is not my broadcast. This broadcast belongs on the air to Dan, Ricky and Al. I’m well aware of that and would never infringe on that.’’

Repoz Posted: February 25, 2013 at 12:51 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Anonymous Observer Posted: February 25, 2013 at 01:17 PM (#4375708)
I'm setting the over/under at 53, for the number of posts in this thread, stating how terrible Joe Buck is.
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 25, 2013 at 01:38 PM (#4375727)
Joe Buck and Cards fans deserve each other.
   3. Natty Fan Posted: February 25, 2013 at 01:42 PM (#4375730)
I think Cards fans probably miss Bob Carpenter. I'd be happy to scrape together the money for a one-way trip between Reagan National and Lambert.
   4. Oscar.Gambles.Hair Posted: February 25, 2013 at 01:48 PM (#4375735)
Is Ratso Rizzo going to do the color commentary?

Every base on balls could get an "I'M WALKIN' HERE"
   5. flournoy Posted: February 25, 2013 at 02:04 PM (#4375749)
Joe Buck is terrible, so that's one more post right there.
   6. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: February 25, 2013 at 02:16 PM (#4375760)
I don’t even know what that entails, but we’d be looking for different access to the on-air product. I think it could be cool. It would kind of loosen the reins a little, make the broadcasts a little more compelling. It would be in the category of ‘something different’ (but) how that takes shape I don’t know.’’


Buck's microphone won't be turned on. That's something different that could be cool and compelling all at the same time.
   7. Anonymous Observer Posted: February 25, 2013 at 02:21 PM (#4375767)
Buck's microphone won't be turned on. That's something different that could be cool and compelling all at the same time.


I know I'd pay extra money for MLB Extra Innings if they had the option of turning off broadcasters, and just let the ambient sounds and the crowd tell the story of the game.
   8. Perry Posted: February 25, 2013 at 03:39 PM (#4375819)
I don't like the national Fox version of Buck much, but he was actually quite good on Cards' broadcasts before he gave them up. He knew that on local broadcasts he was addressing mostly real baseball fans, not the casual fans the national broadcasts have to entertain, and he adjusted accordingly.
   9. Lassus Posted: February 25, 2013 at 03:39 PM (#4375820)
I know I'd pay extra money for MLB Extra Innings if they had the option of turning off broadcasters, and just let the ambient sounds and the crowd tell the story of the game.

As far as I know they've been doing this since 2010, when I was working there. Granted I haven't used it since, but I can't imagine it's no longer an option.
   10. jack the seal clubber (on the sidelines of life) Posted: February 25, 2013 at 03:43 PM (#4375825)
that Joe Buck is terrible. (I bet the over).
   11. Crosseyed and Painless Posted: February 25, 2013 at 03:50 PM (#4375835)
I actually don't think he's terrible, but I don't love him either. How's that for a fresh take on things?

At least during playoff baseball he has the tendency to shut up at times and just let the crowd noise take over. That alone puts him ahead of 30% of announcers.
   12. Anonymous Observer Posted: February 25, 2013 at 04:25 PM (#4375857)
As far as I know they've been doing this since 2010, when I was working there. Granted I haven't used it since, but I can't imagine it's no longer an option.


Lassus, do you know how it works? Is it something on the remote, or a special channel that you tune in on? Any info on this is greatly appreciated.
   13. The elusive Robert Denby Posted: February 25, 2013 at 04:53 PM (#4375882)
This is a great idea. Let's get the guy who seems bored stiff when he's broadcasting baseball, and have him work even more games.
   14. Dan Posted: February 25, 2013 at 04:57 PM (#4375883)
I know I'd pay extra money for MLB Extra Innings if they had the option of turning off broadcasters, and just let the ambient sounds and the crowd tell the story of the game.


I don't know about Extra Innings, but this feature IS available on MLB.tv, which is also cheaper.
   15. What's the realistic upside, RMc? Posted: February 25, 2013 at 05:42 PM (#4375930)
Jack Buck, decided to pull out five years ago.


Reading this made me laugh hysterically.
   16. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: February 25, 2013 at 09:48 PM (#4376039)
Apparently (I don't remember this) NBC ran a game in 1980 between the Jets and Dolphins which was sans announcers, just the nat. sound of the game/crowd.
   17. pthomas Posted: February 25, 2013 at 10:25 PM (#4376049)
The Angels did a "ambient sound" broadcast a couple of years ago. With some nice different camera angles, etc. It was great.
   18. PreservedFish Posted: February 25, 2013 at 11:36 PM (#4376076)
I actually don't think he's terrible, but I don't love him either. How's that for a fresh take on things?


Also my opinion. I think that any announcer that is less than good is fated to be reviled just through overexposure.

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