Joe Buck has been the lead broadcaster for Fox's MLB coverage since its inception in 1996. That's fifteen years of Buck & McCarver as the national voices of baseball. In that timespan, we've seen Joe Buck go from Jack Buck's kid to the most notable play by play man in sports. Joe Buck has announced the World Series, the Super Bowl, hosted Fox's NFL Pregame, and even had his memorable, hilarious trainwreck of a late night career. Yet through it all, Joe Buck has been a baseball guy, getting his start with his father's team, the St. Louis Cardinals.
Somewhere in those fifteen years though, scores of baseball and sports fans turned against Joe Buck. Maybe it was his overreaction to Randy Moss, maybe it was admitting that he didn't enjoy baseball anymore, maybe it's his too understated play by play, maybe it's his smug demeanor and failed late night career. Nevertheless, at some point, Joe Buck was transformed from the bright, young, shining star of sports broadcasting to one of the most disliked announcers in sports. In fact, it's almost a near certainty that you will find Joe Buck's name trending on Twitter during Saturday's Fox MLB coverage and always because fans are destroying him.
In this year's season though, something else has been different about Joe Buck... his voice itself. For several months, Joe Buck has been dealing with a virus in his vocal cords since after the NFL season ended. The ailment has caused his voice to sound weaker and hoarse. You can really tell that Buck's voice is struggling in this botched call of a Reed Johnson solo home run in this weekend's broadcast of a Cubs-Yankees game. Thankfully, the virus isn't painful or causing any damage to Buck's voice (we're not completely heartless and actually wish Joe the best in health), but fans are taking notice of what sounds wrong with Joe and it is hurting the Fox broadcast.
Simply, Fox needs to sit Joe Buck and his voice and take him off their MLB coverage for the time being. Not just for the present, but for the overall outlook of MLB on Fox...