Major League Baseball's 20 Most Biased Talking Heads
Outside of Ken Harrelson of the Chicago White Sox and John Sterling of the New York Yankees, there are plenty of other baseball announcers who have no problem letting their home team bias shine through.
I do understand how this list could be controversial since, with the exception of maybe Vin Scully of the Los Angeles Dodgers, every baseball commentator is a little biased towards his or her own team.
However, some commentators show their bias a little more than others. And as a baseball fan, I know there is nothing more frustrating than listening to a subjective announcer blatantly root for his or her favorite team.
Here's a list of the 20 worst perpetrators of biased commentating.
I know this isn't baseball, but I can't stop laughing every time I watch this video.
These commentators are the epitome of homers.
20. Joe Buck
I'm convinced that Joe Buck just doesn't like baseball.
19. Don Orsillo
Don Orsillo is actually a very entertaining commentator for the Boston Red Sox.
I'm sure he's a likeable guy as well.
However, I'm convinced he's biased after this video because I'm sure he, and maybe his wife, are the only ones who think he's actually too sexy for his shirt.
Also, try watching Jerry Remy during that video. I feel awkward just looking at him trying to dance by shrugging his shoulders and remaining stationary.
18. Tom Hamilton
It was hard to put Tom Hamilton, the announcer for the Cleveland Indians, on this list because he truly is one of the better commentators in the business.
However, it's calls like this that make his true colors as an Indians fan shine through.
I'm not saying there is anything wrong with being excited, but I mean, come on. Being blatantly biased towards one team is the definition of being a homer anyway.
17. Dave Flemming
I had to put Dave Flemming's call on this list.
He isn't necessarily a homer, and he isn't the best radio announcer either. However, it was unfortunate that his voice happened to crack during the most important call of his life.
Yes, that was the game-winning home run that Edgar Renteria hit in Game 5 of the 2010 World Series.
Hang in there, Dave.
16. Pat Hughes
Pat Hughes is currently the primary commentator for the Chicago Cubs on WGN. He used to be partnered with Ron Santo before he died of cancer.
But since he was paired with Santo at one time, it's hard to blame him for being a homer. Before Santo and Hughes, it was Harry Caray on the mic, so biased announcers in Chicago are nothing out of the ordinary.
15. Joe Morgan
Joe Morgan might not be biased towards any team in particular, but I sometimes have no idea what he's talking about when listening to his broadcasts.
His commentary is often biased, random and downright confusing.
In this video, he is trying to convince the listeners that a leadoff walk is worse than an out.
How does that even make any sense?
14. Mike Krukow
Being a San Francisco Giants fan myself, I didn't want to put Mike Krukow on this list. Duane Kuiper, Krukow's partner in the booth, is as unbiased as they come, so the nod had to go to Krukow.
Krukow gives credit when credit is due, and he does do an excellent job of pointing out positives on each team. However, his homerism does shine through at times, but it's hard for any broadcaster to be completely impartial.
Krukow's comments on Nyjer Morgan after he taunted the fans in AT&T Park can be interpreted more as disapproval to Morgan as an individual, rather than of the Washington Nationals' team as a whole. However, Krukow doesn't have a problem speaking his mind at times.
13. Buck Martinez
Not only is Buck Martinez an extremely biased announcer, but he isn't even liked by his own fan base.
Just browse through this website, and you'll understand what I'm saying.
If an announcer has an entire blog dedicated to his blunders, you know he's doing something wrong.
12. Bert Blyleven
Bert Blyleven isn't necessarily a great announcer, and he isn't the biggest homer in the business, either. However, this video pretty much sums up his entire career as a broadcaster.
Note to self: Always assume that the camera is rolling.
11. Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter is a fine baseball announcer, but he is also a Baltimore Orioles fan.
Even the Orioles' fan base will willingly admit that he is a homer when it comes to commentating a baseball game.
10. Mark Grant
Mark Grant, the announcer for the San Diego Padres, is known for his idiosyncrasies during his broadcasts, which have somewhat alienated some of the Padres' fan base.
Couple that with being a big homer, and Grant's commentary could be very difficult to sit through for those who don't root for the Padres.
9. Mike Shannon
After watching this video, I think it's safe to assume that Mike Shannon is a St. Louis Cardinals fan.
He did play his entire major-league career with the Red Birds, so it's hard to blame him.
8. Chip Caray
It's safe to say that the apple fell far from the tree with Chip Caray, Harry Caray's grandson. Harry was one of the best baseball announcers in the history of the sport, but Chip is far from it.
Caray and TBS decided to part ways after his commentating blunder during a divisional tiebreaker game against the Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers.
On an obvious lineout, he made the call this way: "Line drive. Base hit. Caught out there. The runner tags. Throw to the plate. On target. And in time! A double play!”
7. Marty Brennaman
So, Marty Brennaman doesn't like the Chicago Cubs' fan base.
I think we all heard you loud and clear, Marty.
6. Michael Kay
It might be useful to learn the background of this video.
After the New York Yankees won in Game 1 of the 2010 ALCS, Michael Kay said the series was officially "over" and that the loss was so devastating that the Texas Rangers wouldn't recover.
First of all, talk about a foot-in-mouth moment.
Second of all, that comment solidified the fact that Kay is a homer.
5. Rich Waltz and Tommy Hutton
Out of all the Florida Marlins fans who liked Dan Uggla, I'm sure that Rich Waltz and Tommy Hutton, the announcers for the Marlins, were devastated the most when he was traded to the Atlanta Braves.
Every time Uggla hit a home run, they would simultaneously say, "and his name is Dan Uggla!"
Trying a little harder to hide your bias wouldn't hurt.
4. Daron Sutton
Not only does Daron Sutton not contribute much to Arizona Diamondbacks' broadcasts, he also doesn't bother hiding the fact that he roots for the team he announces for.
Just listen to this call after Ryan Roberts hit a walk-off grand slam to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"Are you watching, Milwaukee?"
Yes, Sutton. And I'm also sure they appreciated getting called out like that. They appreciated it so much that they ended up beating your Diamondbacks in the first round of the playoffs.
That was a broadcaster's jinx if I've ever heard one.
3. John Sterling
John Sterling is a blatant homer; there's no getting around it.
The New York Yankees radio announcer is known for his over-the-top home run calls that tend to be a tad bit annoying for those who root for teams other than the Yankees.
"Curtis, you're something sort of grandish."
And don't forget about his rousing rendition of "The Grandy Man Can, The Grandy Man Can".
2. Suzyn Waldman
And to complete the trio of New York Yankees broadcasters, Suzyn Waldman is the worst of them all.
Even the majority of the Yankees fan base doesn't like her.
She seemingly has nothing insightful to add to a broadcast except loud shrieks about Roger Clemens coming back to Yankees.
1. Ken Harrelson
Ken Harrelson, the announcer of the Chicago White Sox, seems to be the consensus choice for being the biggest homer of them all.
"You can put it on the booooaaaaarrrrddddddd, YESSSSSSSSSSS!"
Those are just a couple of Ken's famous Harrelson-isms.
And if you don't think he's a biased announcer, watch this.