T.J. Simers of the LA Times writes that the Dodgers are asking their season ticket holders to fill out a seemingly pointless survey, in which they grade one of the greatest announcers of all-time Vin Scully:
On a scale of 1 to 5, "They wanted my opinion of Vin Scully in the following eight areas: 1. Knowledge of baseball; 2. Knowledge of Dodgers organization; 3. Objectivity; 4. Accuracy of calls; 5. Storytelling ability; 6. Focus on the game; 7. Style; 8. Overall performance."This is like polling Catholics about Mother Teresa's work," he said. "This is Vin's 62nd year behind the microphone in a broadcasting career that no one will ever emulate. Is this portion of the survey really necessary?
When Simers emailed the Dodgers about Scully's job security, a team spokeman predictably responded Scully's job "is his as long as he wants it." Frankly, I'm surprised Scully hasn't been given the keys to that entire organization, yet.
You know the whole "What if Mike Vick was ___ ?" bit that went on Thursday? Well, I feel like we could definitely have some fun with this one, too: "Asking the fans to rate Vin Scully is like polling ____ about _____." (Feel free to leave your best in the comments).
Interestingly enough, AA's inbox received an email at the end of July from non-season ticket holder John asking us to add VIN SCULLY to the list of AWFUL ANNOUNCERS. My first thought was to simply respond "no," but the email was well-written, thoughtful, and (sigh) his opinion, so instead I decided to respond respectfully.
While we received permission to post it as a dissenting opinion on a subject I always thought had unanimous benediction, we wound up not posting it because the JMMT was drawing to a close and it just felt too... random.
But I guess now - while Dodgers season ticket holders mull over how they'll evaluate Scully - is as good as any to finally present the other side that actually exists:
Good day. Love your website; check it every day for the latest. Keep up the great work.
Regarding Vin Scully, the longtime voice of the Dodgers: first I must say that he is truly a hall of fame announcer and should be commended for his 60 years of baseball announcing. However, at this point in time I think it’s time for Vin to call it a day.
As a diehard SF Giants fan, I eagerly tuned in to Monday night’s MLB Network Extra Innings telecast of the Giants/Dodgers game. If only one feed is available, you don’t know until the game comes on the air which team’s feed you will receive. Instead of the excellent team of Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow, I was forced to listen to nine innings of Vin Scully. The entire game, one announcer, no analyst.
Vin no longer announces the game, he tells stories. He thinks his melodic, dulcet tones and old school vocabulary add to the viewing of the game. Nothing could be further from the truth. I tune in to watch a baseball game. I want to hear current information and statistics that will help me learn more about the teams and perhaps anticipate specific developments within the game.
I do not want to hear a five-minute dissertation on what happened in a minor league game when an ambidextrous pitcher faced a switch-hitter. I don’t want Vin to read player’s biographies from the media guide. I don’t care who first wore batting gloves. Tell me about this team, these players and what they are doing this season, this month, this week.
Vin is 86 years old and when announcing night games he begins to “sundown”, mispronouncing player’s names, repeating information he has delivered earlier in the game, and detracting from the presentation.
I found myself muting the sound and watching the game in silence. Not so bad, but a good analyst will give you information and observations that add to your enjoyment of the game and enhance your understanding of it. Krukow provides that on nearly every Giants telecast I receive and it is a real treat.
I am a mid-fifties boomer and a lifelong baseball fan, so this is not a youth-driven rant against an old guy. You guys provide a service and an outlet for big-time sports fans who despise poor announcing. That’s me in a nutshell.
Thanks for listening.
I'll say speaking as an OSU grad student that this story leaves me shaking my head. ESPN has made it their quest to keep digging and digging into Ohio St. for what purpose? Even last week local radio here outed an ESPN investigator who had come back into town to try to get more dirt on older allegations against the program. But what's in it for ESPN? To make sure OSU gets the death penalty? To somehow further the school's embarrassment? What is ESPN's goal? Even SI, with their largely suspect "expose" using unnamed sources to cast as wide a net as possible, seems to be in on the crusade.
I fully admit Tressel was wrong and deserved to go; I'm no apologist for OSU. But where's the journalistic fire to go after schools like Auburn, Oregon, and North Carolina who have just as bad, if not worse things going on in their programs? Does it have anything to do with ESPN's partnership with the SEC? Or with ESPN missing out on the Big Ten Network and Big Ten title game? It just doesn't make sense how all of this anti-Buckeye fervor started and now has crested with the WWL on a seemingly never-ending crusade to bring down the Buckeyes once and for all. Filing this petty lawsuit and asking a public university to pay for their legal fees is just downright sleazy.
I actually think the law is on ESPN's side but that doesn't mean this is still stupid. Suing one of your biggest content partners, after you've already maimed them is not smart at all. Plus you're sure to piss of Ohio viewers, taxpayers, and other schools who may find themselves in similar situations. I don't know why ESPN really feels compelled to flex their legal muscle here. Choose your battles wisely..... Typical ESPN BS