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Monday, April 18, 2022

Matt Vasgersian “embarrassed” by the Angels’ remote broadcast difficulties

The Angels and Bally Sports have gone with a unique broadcast setup this year, choosing Matt Vasgersian as their lead play-by-play voice even though he’s based on the East Coast.

The experiment has gotten off to a rocky start thanks to various technical issues that come with not only broadcasting games remotely, but broadcasting them with the actual broadcasters not calling games together. It’s one thing to have Vasgersian and partner Mark Gubicza calling games together off-site somewhere. That’s bad enough, and leads to problems. But having them separate and off-site has led to viral moments already, like this botched home run call over the weekend.

Essentially, it’s just the inherent delays involved; not just the Trout homer, but other moments as well make it very apparent to viewers that there’s a lag.

Vasgersian knows this. He even went on the record with The Athletic’s Sam Blum in a piece published last night, calling it embarrassing:

“I’m embarrassed when I miss a home run call,” Vasgersian said. “And nobody wears that harder than me. It’s like the worst thing that you can do in this business. It stinks for the fans. It stinks for the guy that hit it. It stinks for me. And everybody likes to make fun of the guy that gets something wrong.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 18, 2022 at 10:36 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bally sports, broadcasting

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Connolly: Orioles (and Nationals) TV broadcasters aren’t traveling to start the season — that’s a MASN classic

Despite what most other baseball organizations are doing, the Baltimore Orioles and their regional sports network, MASN, are grounding their broadcast crews during away games to start the 2022 season, according to a memo circulated by a MASN official.

That means Orioles TV and radio away broadcasts once again will be called remotely from Camden Yards, while Washington Nationals TV road broadcasts again will be called from Nationals Park. The Nationals’ radio announcers, who are employed by the Nationals organization and not MASN, will travel to road games this year, a spokesperson confirmed.

Of Major League Baseball’s 30 teams, the Orioles are currently the only organization that will have both TV and radio crews staying home for road games to begin 2022.

Yep, MASN once again is an industry trailblazer. Except all trails lead to the home ballpark.

According to a graphic circulating throughout the industry and verified by several sources, the only other TV broadcast team that may not travel is the Los Angeles Angels; that has not yet been determined and is dependent upon the scheduling of specific broadcasters’ needs, though they may travel part-time, sources said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 20, 2022 at 04:51 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, orioles



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