SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JULY 26: A bat and glove sit in the Oakland Athletics dugout before the game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on July 26, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)


16. Boston Red Sox: 2.34

Previous ranking: 13
Previous grade: 2.44

-Dave O’Brien (play by play)
-Jerry Remy (analyst)
-Dennis Eckersley (analyst)
-Steve Lyons (analyst)

Most popular grade: B (35.43% of votes)

Analysis: The departure of Don Orsillo from NESN only resulted in a small hit to Boston’s rating, but the team did drop slightly in our rankings as a result. The Red Sox are the first of many teams to not break the 10% mark in D votes, as well.


15. Detroit Tigers: 2.39

Previous ranking: 11
Previous grade: 2.46

-Mario Impemba (play by play)
-Rod Allen (analyst)
-Kirk Gibson (analyst – select)
-Jack Morris (analyst – select)

Most popular grade: B (34.36% of votes)

Analysis: The Tigers’ grade dropped a bit, and as such, their ranking fell. It happens. Detroit is our first team that didn’t receive at least 10% of F votes.


14. Pittsburgh Pirates: 2.40

Previous ranking: 14
Previous grade: 2.28

-Greg Brown (play by play)
-Joe Block (play by play)
-Steve Blass (analyst)
-Bob Walk (analyst)
-John Wehner (analyst)

Most popular grade: B (28.86% of votes)

Analysis: Tough life – the Pirates overall rating improved, but their ranking didn’t. There’s only so much that replacing Tim Neverett with Joe Block can do for you.


13. Atlanta Braves: 2.41

Previous ranking: 21
Previous grade: 2.06

-Chip Caray (play by play)
-Joe Simpson (analyst)
-Tom Glavine (analyst – select)
-John Smoltz (analyst – select)
-Dale Murphy (analyst – select)

Most popular grade: A (29.96% of votes)

Analysis: This baffles me, because the Braves core crew is the same as it’s been for years, only with ex-player analysts cycling in on occasion more often. I have no idea how their rating actually improved, because most Braves fans I know (including uh, myself) have an intense dislike for this team.


12. Seattle Mariners: 2.49

Previous ranking: 10
Previous grade: 2.47

-Dave Sims (play by play)
-Mike Blowers (analyst)
-Rick Rizzs (play by play – select)
-Aaron Goldsmith (play by play – select)

Most popular grade: B (33.97% of votes)

Analysis: Seattle’s rating slightly increased, but their ranking took a hit. There isn’t much to say about this aside from that.


11. Milwaukee Brewers: 2.57

Previous ranking: 8
Previous grade: 2.59

-Brian Anderson (play by play)
-Bill Schroeder (analyst)
-Craig Coshun (play by play – select)
-Matt Lepay (play by play – select)

Most popular grade: B (28.67% of votes)

Analysis: The next five teams are all packed together quite tight, with the Brewers coming in last of the bunch. That’s not a slight on them at all – more than 80% of their grades were A, B, or C.


10. Chicago White Sox (home): 2.57

Previous ranking: N/A
Previous grade: N/A

-Jason Benetti (play by play)
-Steve Stone (analyst)

Most popular grade: A (31.30% of votes)

Analysis: This one was a surprise – the newbie team of Benetti and Stone breaking into the top ten. This is our first team to break the 30% mark of A votes, and fans of the Pale Hose appear to be in good shape once Hawk Harrelson retires.


9. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: 2.57

Previous ranking: 9
Previous grade: 2.53

-Victor Rojas (play by play)
-Mark Gubicza (analyst)

Most popular grade: A (31.44% of votes)

Analysis: The Angels’ crew checked in at the same spot as they did two years ago, and their overall grade was a tad bit better. This was the only team in the top 12 that had a percentage of D votes greater than 10%.


About Joe Lucia

I hate your favorite team. I also sort of hate most of my favorite teams.

10 thoughts on “The 2016 local MLB TV announcer rankings

  1. Paul Oneil and Michel Kaye are HORRIBLE ONLY slightly better are John Sterling and Susyn Waldman

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