USA Today has ranked baseball’s best radio announcers, by league. Marty Brennaman was ranked a little low, it seems to me, but then, I’m biased. Marty is the background soundtrack to my childhood.

Of course, he’s in the Hall of Fame, so some others agree with me.

Anyway, ranked number one in the National League is Vin Scully, the Dodgers’ veteran announcer. One of the greatest things about getting MLB Extra Innings and XM Radio this season is that I’ve been able to listen to Scully on a regular basis. He’s the best there is, even after more than fifty years in the business.

5 Responses

  1. orangeandbrown

    On the background track, this is so true. Marty and Joe are largely responsible for creating a love of this game for me. I sat in my room late at night, when I was supposed to be asleep, radio down low, and those two men built and love and appreciation for this game. I know that many people are critical of Marty and I know he isn’t up with contemporary thought on the numbers. But in the age where myth ruled, Marty was a brilliant storyteller. These are among my fondest childhood memories.

  2. Jim McCullough

    Stewart’s presence may have brought the Reds’ broadcast team down. Probably not the most scientific of surveys.

  3. Bill

    But Stewart is horrible. Talk about MR. Monotone. He brings nothing to the broadcasts. I’d have much rather had Chris Welsh.

  4. Chris

    A few thoughts:

    – Scully is still great, but this week’s series was the first time I’ve really seen him slipping (mispronunciations, repeated stories, blatant errors reading stat lines, and the dreaded “fly ball to left – caught by Kearns.”) He’s still a treat, though.

    – Stewart HAS to drop the Reds’ team, even considering Nuxie’s fading skills.

    – That, and Marty has gotten extremely lazy the past 8-10 years. There’s very little preparation or insight – just unsupported opinions, inside jokes, and lots and lots of snide remarks. It’s a shame, because as he showed a couple years back on ESPN’s “Legends Series,” he still has the chops to do a great job.

    I think that with few exceptions (Scully being one, Peter Gammons being another), baseball media folks get very, very complacent after several years of success. I actually think this is actually a problem with the game itself (lazy, self-satisfied executives, coaches, and scouts are the rule, not the exception), and the men who cover the game feed off the same mindset.

    I watched an ESPN Classic showing of the 1979 NLCS, and a young (still playing) Don Sutton was phenomenal in the booth — worlds apart from what I’ve heard in Atlanta for 15 years. I’d love to see all of the older, super-talented broadcasters and writers put in the preparation and effort (and show the passion) that Scully and Gammons do. (I don’t care for Joe Buck, but that guy’s always prepared, as well).

  5. Jim McCullough

    Who will replace Marty whenever he retires?