In baseball, the voices of the game are often as part of the viewing experience as the action on the field. That becomes amplified during the playoffs, when entire seasons are on the line and emotions are running hotter than ever—on the field, in the bleachers and in the announcer's booth.
If one of those unforgettable moments—a Kirk Gibson pinch-hit home run, a Luis Gonzalez squibber out of Derek Jeter's reach—happens this postseason, the announcer will go a long way toward forming it in our long-term memories. So, we can only hope that the voice of the moment does it justice. Fortunately for the baseball world, the announcers' booths are loaded with commentating all-stars—for the most part.
Here's a look at the top television commentators of the 2012 MLB playoffs, along with those reporting from the field.