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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) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JimMusComp misses old primer... Posted: April 18, 2022 at 10:44 AM (#6072318)
I'm generally watching a bit more baseball this year than normal (free MLB.TV account with T-Mobile) and have noticed latency in nearly each game. And the Angel highlights I watch are painful. The announcers are 2-3 clicks behind the action. This, at least, explains why...
   2. Rough Carrigan Posted: April 18, 2022 at 12:25 PM (#6072333)
So, basically Vasgersian is embarrassed to ever do his job as poorly as John Sterling does his.
   3. Greg Pope Posted: April 18, 2022 at 01:35 PM (#6072354)
It didn't bother me too much in that clip, but I can see people not liking it.

Isn't the solution to just delay the video on the broadcast by 2 seconds? There is already some delay built in from live, at least when I watch on a streaming device. On occasion I'll get an alert from my phone about a home run or something before seeing it on TV. So just delay the video by whatever lag time the announcers have that day and nobody will know the difference.
   4. Tin Angel Posted: April 18, 2022 at 01:42 PM (#6072359)
Isn't the solution to just delay the video on the broadcast by 2 seconds?


I'm more confused as to why the Angels play by play guy lives and works from home on the East coast.
   5. John Northey Posted: April 18, 2022 at 01:44 PM (#6072360)
For the last 2 years the Jays had this issue with remote broadcasters thanks to having games all over the place, and assorted changing rules. Pretty pathetic for any ML team to not be able to get it in order by simply asking the Jays how they handled it.
   6. SoSH U at work Posted: April 18, 2022 at 01:46 PM (#6072362)
For the last 2 years the Jays had this issue with remote broadcasters thanks to having games all over the place, and assorted changing rules.


Were the team's broadcasters also in separate locations as the Angels' are?
   7. vortex of dissipation Posted: April 18, 2022 at 02:01 PM (#6072368)
Isn't the solution to just delay the video on the broadcast by 2 seconds? There is already some delay built in from live, at least when I watch on a streaming device. On occasion I'll get an alert from my phone about a home run or something before seeing it on TV. So just delay the video by whatever lag time the announcers have that day and nobody will know the difference.


I was watching the Mariners game yesterday on the local cable network, and a post from the Mariners giving the final score popped up on Facebook two pitches before the game ended on the TV broadcast.
   8. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: April 18, 2022 at 02:19 PM (#6072379)
The delay in calls and the missed calls have been noticeable. And I didn't realize how much it would affect my enjoyment of the broadcast, but it has. It's bad.

Part of the issue seems to be Bally's Sports and their technology. This has gotten worse since Gubicza, their color guy, moved to a new studio to do his broadcast. The Bally's Sports app is terrible, so it's completely believable to me that there are technical issues that need to be solved.

But the bigger problem is that the Angels thought this was a good idea to begin with. I was a big Victor Rojas fan, so it was tough to see him go, but the parade of announcers since he left (which was only a season ago) is not unlike the parade of starting pitchers the Angels have employed in the Mike Trout era - disappointing at best. I will say that I like Vasgersian, but because of his national contract, he can't do all the games. I know other teams have multiple announcers, but I like having one voice for the team. It provides cohesion. And because of that arrangement, you get this, where Vasgersian can't travel and has to broadcast in a different location than his partner with neither at the game itself. Aside from the technical problems, they also aren't around the team to chat with the guys and use that in their broadcasts.

I don't know who made this call, but it's a bad one. I'm always willing to blame Moreno, and this is his signature move. There's a deficiency that's causing the team to look bad publicly, so instead of taking time to fix any systemic problem or look for a long-term solution, pay a bunch of money RIGHT NOW for a big name and try to save money behind the scenes by taking shortcuts. As with all of his other moves like this, it's now blowing up in his face.
   9. Walt Davis Posted: April 18, 2022 at 02:47 PM (#6072399)
Yeah, having the announcers in separate locations from one another seems a terrible idea. I don't want to listen to a 3-hour zoom call between two people. I can sorta see that with Vasgersian's schedule then maybe (maybe) it's necessary for one game a week, assuming you think Vasgersian's absence would be a worse price to pay.

I suppose we'll all be undergoing this when VR takes over the world and I'm lodged inside Wander Franco's eyes, waiting for the feed to catch up.
   10. Hombre Brotani Posted: April 18, 2022 at 04:05 PM (#6072413)
The Walsh homer call was particularly bad, but the delays are worse. I spent the entire weekend listening to the Rangers' PBP team. (They're not bad. Hard for an Angels fan to be grouchy towards announcers who love Shohei Ohtani as hard as the Rangers' guys do.)

Tech issues aside, the Angels really need an organizational voice that doesn't sound completely corporate and focus-grouped, and an organizational face other than Arte Moreno's stupid mug. The muddle of voices and faces the last few years make the Angels look like the world's most generic, unremarkable team, which shouldn't happen when you have two of the most remarkable athletes in the world.
   11. Tom Goes to the Ballpark Posted: April 18, 2022 at 04:19 PM (#6072416)
I don't know who made this call, but it's a bad one. I'm always willing to blame Moreno, and this is his signature move. There's a deficiency that's causing the team to look bad publicly, so instead of taking time to fix any systemic problem or look for a long-term solution, pay a bunch of money RIGHT NOW for a big name and try to save money behind the scenes by taking shortcuts. As with all of his other moves like this, it's now blowing up in his face.
Yeah, it should be pretty easy to find a talented up-and-comer who wants to live in Southern California and call games starring Trout and Ohtani. Shouldn’t it?
   12. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: April 18, 2022 at 04:34 PM (#6072418)
Yeah, it should be pretty easy to find a talented up-and-comer who wants to live in Southern California and call games starring Trout and Ohtani. Shouldn’t it?


One would think. And while your mileage may vary on whether or not you enjoy Gubicza as a color guy, he's just about the nicest guy in the world (from personal experience as well as anecdotes from a good friend who worked at Fox Sports for several years) and a consummate professional. He's going to help develop any new person you hire. Moreno's quick, expensive patch jobs on large problems extend to every part of the organization.
   13. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: April 18, 2022 at 05:29 PM (#6072422)
Yeah, it should be pretty easy to find a talented up-and-comer who wants to live in Southern California and call games starring Trout and Ohtani. Shouldn’t it?


You wouldn't even really have to do that. Just offer a pay raise to whoever does the Diamondbacks games and let them worry about finding someone new.
   14. Walt Davis Posted: April 18, 2022 at 07:20 PM (#6072433)
Yeah, it should be pretty easy to find a talented up-and-comer who wants to live in Southern California and call games starring Trout and Ohtani.

If an untalented down-and-outer would help, I'll answer the phone.
   15. John Northey Posted: April 18, 2022 at 08:45 PM (#6072441)
The Jays broadcasters were in different locations as I recall - one was in Florida (Buck Martinez I think), another in Toronto, another wherever Pat Tabler calls home. Generally they just had one guy do the calls for an inning, with minimal cross talk. It worked, not ideal but they made it work. Trick is getting the broadcasters to accept there are limits and to work within those limits.
   16. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: April 18, 2022 at 10:34 PM (#6072470)
I wouldn't want to live in Gavin Newsom's hellscape, either.
   17. Adam Starblind Posted: April 18, 2022 at 10:58 PM (#6072476)
The right-wing monkey brains convincing themselves that California is hell on earth is one of the odder trends of the last few years. California!
   18. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: April 19, 2022 at 09:52 AM (#6072509)
I'll always think fondly of Matt V. for dropping the first live F-bomb on MLB Network.
   19. Nasty Nate Posted: April 19, 2022 at 10:12 AM (#6072514)
The right-wing monkey brains convincing themselves that California is hell on earth is one of the odder trends of the last few years. California!
The weirdest is the insult that (1) strangely uses population as a reflection of morality or worth or something positive, and then (2) uses that criteria against ... the most populous places in the country.

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