Broadcast Network(s): SportsTime Ohio, WKYC
Play-by-play: Matt Underwood
Analyst: Rick Manning
Contributors: Al Pawlowski, Mike Hargrove
There is a distinct Northeast Ohio feel to the Indians broadcast booth. All four members of the booth have been involved with the Cleveland Indians and the local broadcasting community at some capacity.
The primary broadcast team is Matt Underwood and Rick Manning. They are spelled at times by Al Pawlowski and former Indians manager Mike Hargrove.
Fans listening to an Indians broadcast experience a smooth play-by-play delivery by Underwood and poignant analysis and wit from Manning. They both seem to have a good chemistry, which adds to the viewing experience.
If you were going to pinpoint one strength of this broadcasting team, it would have to be balance. You have Underwood and Pawlowski, who are natives to the area and have extensive local broadcasting backgrounds. Both Manning and Hargrove have deep historical roots in the Indians organization.
One area Underwood and Manning could improve is the amount of dead air during the broadcast. There are times when it seems Underwood and Manning are not actively engaged in the action taking place on the field.
Generally the Underwood/Manning team provides insightful and entertaining commentary and could be considered one of the stronger broadcast teams in MLB today.