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The Best Major League Baseball Announcers of All Time
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This is the hardest assignment I have ever had. I've written about scandal, death, social change, politics…hell, I've written about Tim Tebow more times than I can count…but ranking baseball announcers? It's the hardest assignment ever, mostly because there's no way I won't be wrong.

There is no right answer in ranking any announcer for any sport—everything in some way is relative to the person doing the list. But in this case, unlike other sports like football, the baseball announcers of our time mean so much to us personally. They mean something to our lives; they become, over the years, a part of the family. 

Harry Kalas will be way too high on this list for some of you, but for anyone in the Philadelphia area who grew up listening to Harry and Richie Ashburn, he's right where he belongs. 

And usually in a situation like this I'd ask for help, but even the help wasn't much help. Ford C. Frick Award winner Dave Niehaus was called "the soundtrack of my childhood" by a Seattle Mariners fan who shared an opinion, then called "a pretty pedestrian announcer" by someone in our business whose opinion on this project I valued more than my own. 

This list is inexact, biased and completely impossible to justify. But it's the best I could do, while trying to focus as much (or more) on national announcers as the legendary locals—factoring in careers in television and radio and making sure people from two or three generations are represented.

Again, this is the hardest assignment I've ever had to do. Please remember that when you tell me how much of an idiot I am for not putting Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow in the Top 25.

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