It's been a rough year for the Miami Marlins, but unlike last season, expectations weren't high for Miami coming into this season. In the eighth inning of Friday's Marlins-Braves game, Giancarlo Stanton tagged up to go to second base on a fly out by Justin Ruggiano. Stanton didn't slide into second, and was tagged out on the play.
Marlins color commentator Tommy Hutton, who forms one of the more underrated duos in the league with Rich Waltz, went absolutely nuclear on the Marlins star right fielder. Hutton was legitimately upset and yelling at Stanton for not sliding and snapping about that being the reason that teams lose close games.
Hutton has a point, as Stanton's failure to slide was costly and helped run the Marlins out of the inning. But man...talk about a bit of an overreaction to a silly mistake. I can't recall an announcer getting that upset and chiding a player over something so minimal. It's not as if fundamental baseball is the reason why the Marlins are in last place in the NL East this season. I think that the stress of Miami's disappointing past two seasons is starting to weigh heavily on Hutton's mind.
I didn't see, or hear a real meltdown. It looked like Stanton would have been out either way. It was a little overblown, but not really. The guy made a bad play, and Hutton, who played the game during a time that play, probably, would have gotten you benched, called as he saw it.
You rather be fed crap by announcers or have them call it as they see it.If you can't handle the obvious truth , don't listen. And the fact is , they have lost an enormous amount of close games that could have been won , even with their ineptitude. Geeesh, Stanton is being touted as the second coming. At least take responsibility for making a little league mistake at the major league level. Tommy Hutton rocks and deserves credit for calling it like he sees it.Marlins have a great announcing team.The team on the field is a distant 2nd.
Tommy Hutton is one of the best analysts out there, and he very rarely rants. But when he does rant, it is always with logic and conviction. He wants to see the Marlins win, and stupid mistakes by players can definitely cost the team legit chances to win. I'm glad he doesn't accept poor hustle. Go Fish!
"Homer" baseball announcers are sickening. It would be worth watching and listening to if announcers would call out stupidness...