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Saturday, February 08, 2014


“Oh, this is a terrible thing for the Padres.”
-Jerry Coleman

The San Diego Padres have relieved radio play-by-play commentator Andy Masur of his duties after six years with the club and eight with the Chicago Cubs. On the surface, this doesn’t seem like a huge deal, though Masur was clearly emotional about his departure from the team.. Changes happen every day in the broadcasting world.

But digging a little deeper, things get a little more interesting… and slimy.

The Padres CEO is a man named Mike Dee, who took on the new role in July of 2013. Dee’s former job was as CEO of the Miami Dolphins. With the Dolphins, Dee was unable to coerce local and state governments into giving the team between $350 and $400 million to upgrade Sun Life Stadium, likely because of the complete disaster that is Marlins Park. Ironically, Dee was replaced as Dolphins CEO by Tom Garfinkel, who formerly served as Padres CEO and famously blamed Zack Greinke for inciting a Dodgers-Padres brawl last April.

Anyway, the man chosen to replace Masur on Padres broadcasts is Jesse Agler. Who is Agler? Well, he’s a former host and commentator for… the Miami Dolphins. Padres CMO Wayne Partello is spinning Agler’s hire as one that will be a multi-faceted role, encompassing television, radio, and social media roles.

Padres fans are, well, not pleased


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 08, 2014 at 07:59 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. rr Posted: February 09, 2014 at 01:00 AM (#4653777)
They fired the wrong guy--Ted Leitner is the guy who needs to go, not Masur.
   2. Dr. Vaux Posted: February 09, 2014 at 02:10 AM (#4653785)
When I saw the headline, I figured they'd hired Josh Lewin, since he does the Chargers games and I've heard rumors about the Mets not bringing him back.
   3. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: February 09, 2014 at 02:17 AM (#4653786)
I thought of Dick Enberg but he's already there
   4. LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: February 09, 2014 at 02:18 AM (#4653787)
They fired the wrong guy--Ted Leitner is the guy who needs to go, not Masur.
No truer words have ever been writ. I understand Leitner is something of an SD fetish, but I have a hard time believing fans actually LIKE his radio calls.
   5. rr Posted: February 09, 2014 at 02:27 AM (#4653788)
I think more people actually dislike Leitner than like him, but yes, he has a weird long-term hold on broadcasting decision-makers in SD, so I assume that he must get good ratings. I am pretty sure that he still does SDSU basketball on radio as well--which is now a pretty high-profile local gig given that the team is ranked #5 in the nation. He does SDSU football games. He also has worked for the Chargers, and he broadcast for the Clippers while they were in SD. He has anchored sports telecasts, and has done a little political and talk show stuff as well. I find him mostly unlistenable. As an aside, I know a guy who used to employ one of Leitner's four ex-wives and dealt with him a few times.
   6. Jason Michael(s) Bourn Identity Crisis Posted: February 09, 2014 at 12:09 PM (#4653842)
@2 - that would be kind of silly - I think Lewin is above-average, although maybe unlovable? I didn't like him the first year he was with the Tigers way back, but he's gotten a lot better over time.
   7. pthomas Posted: February 09, 2014 at 01:17 PM (#4653881)
Let us not forget what Garfinkel said about Greinke last year:

But within Garfinkel’s talk is something he regrets having said, pertaining to Zack Greinke and Carlos Quentin getting hit. "He threw at him on purpose, OK? That's what happened. They can say 3-and-2 count, 2-1 game, no one does that. Zack Greinke is a different kind of guy. Anyone seen 'Rain Man'? He's a very smart guy," Garfinkel told dozens of people in attendance for the event on Friday, April 12th.

The reference to Rain Man was from a 1988 movie about a man with autism and his long lost brother. Zack Greinke does not have autism, but has suffered from social anxiety disorder. Apples and oranges, but apparently the autism community is outraged.
   8. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: February 09, 2014 at 01:59 PM (#4653894)

The reference to Rain Man was from a 1988 movie about a man with autism and his long lost brother.

The fact that you felt the need to explain that makes me feel old.
   9. Tom Nawrocki Posted: February 09, 2014 at 03:14 PM (#4653919)
Garfinkel just meant that Greinke was an excellent driver.
   10. Srul Itza At Home Posted: February 09, 2014 at 10:52 PM (#4654024)
The fact that you felt the need to explain that makes me feel old.

The fact that the movie came out 25 years ago is what makes me feel old.

Either that, or the fact that I turn 60 next year.

K-Mart sucks
   11. God Posted: February 10, 2014 at 01:27 AM (#4654063)
But "Who's on First" and Fernando Valenzuela are still awesome.
   12. Moeball Posted: February 10, 2014 at 01:05 PM (#4654304)
Garfinkel was never really quite the same after Paul Simon left.
   13. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: February 10, 2014 at 02:23 PM (#4654366)
The Padres CEO is a man named Mike Dee, who took on the new role in July of 2013. Dee’s former job was as CEO of the Miami Dolphins.

He's Mike Dee, and he gets respect.

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