Lately there’s been a lot going on in the field of sports announcing – some good, some bad. Last year, I wrote about women baseball announcers, but even that information is woefully out of date. Earlier this month, Melanie Newman became the Baltimore Orioles’ first female play-by-play announcer. Nonetheless, progress has been slow since Suzyn Waldman became the first full-time baseball commentator in 2005. And don’t get me started on the fact that most women seem to be relegated to sideline or on-field reporting and rarely get promoted to the broadcast booth or other, more prominent roles.
Once again, a member of the sports media said something offensive on air (that was not the Best of the Week). However, Cincinnati Reds players apologized for the bad behavior (which was the Best of the Week):
To the LGBTQ community just know I am with you, and whoever is against you, is against me. I’m sorry for what was said today.
LGBTQ+ community, as a member of the Reds organization, I am so sorry for the way you were marginalized tonight. There will always be a place for you in the baseball community and we are so happy to have you here.
I’d never associated women’s suffrage and the right to vote with baseball, but the Baltimore Orioles have changed my mind with their new webpage:
In addition, last week, the Dodgers announced that they have offered to make Dodger Stadium a polling place for the November election. The Dodgers have partnered with More Than A Vote, an organization created by LeBron James to combat voter suppression, as one of their initiatives to address community needs. Since then, other teams have followed suit, with the Boston Red Sox and some NBA and NHL teams joining efforts with National Vote at Home, a group that focuses on voting rights, to make their stadiums and arenas available as voting centers.
For information on all things voting and how to register to vote, check out these websites:
MLB announced the latest COVID-19 testing results yesterday. The press released noted that “covered Individuals are now in Monitoring Testing.” Whatever that means. Anyway, the testing stats as of August 13 are as follows:
12,301 tests were performed during the most recent testing period. Four tests came back positive, two of whom were players. All were from the same team.
66,127 tests of been taken since MLB started testing. 75 were positive, including 51 players.
19 clubs have had at least one person test positive.
As I said a few days ago, the numbers just don’t add up. The difference here is probably whatever they mean by “Monitoring Testing.” As of July 16, 80 players had tested positive (though it added up to about 97 when you look at actual news reports). Is it those 80 that were monitored? So, 51 were still positive?
For an industry that relies on stats, you’d think they’d do a better job of reporting these stats – which are the most important of all.
I miss baseball. I mean, I know its back, but is it really?
I miss baseball the way it was. Sure, there’s a pandemic out there requiring us to make changes and do things differently. But let’s not pretend this is normal. And let’s be brave enough to admit that we miss the way things were.
I miss Yasiel Puig. (Would someone sign him please?)
I miss nine inning double headers and real extra innings without a guy on second. Yes. I miss those marathon games, Major League Baseball. I know how to make time for what’s important.
I miss Minor League Baseball, being at the stadium, and ballpark hotdogs. I miss those rude people who hang their sweaty arms dangerously close to my drink in the cup holder as they stretch their arms across the chair next to them. Oh wait. I don’t miss them. I was just on a roll.
I miss seeing any other team but the Philadelphia Phillies. Seriously, it seems like no matter which team I’m watching, they are playing the Phillies. Enough already!
I miss Jim Palmer and Mike Bordick doing commentary. I almost miss Gary Thorne mispronouncing players’ names.
I miss seeing real people in the stands instead of those creepy cutout people (who, seem to be all the same race, by the way). And I miss real crowd noises – the piped in fake crowd noises give me a headache. And, do we really need to include the “Nats-Nats-Nats-Nats-Woooo” chant with the fake crowd noise? Its annoying in real life, I don’t need it replicated in fake-life.
Ah. Maybe that’s the problem. It all seems fake, forced, rushed. Yes, we need baseball in our lives, but this doesn’t feel real. At least they’ve stopped talking about how each game is really 2.6 games. That wasn’t real either.
To be fair, there have been some good things this season. We can now watch baseball from Taiwan and Korea. I love those cheerleaders for Taiwan baseball, especially the goofy guys, the fish-head wearing mascot things, and the Rakuten Monkey. I even found some Japanese games on TV. Please keep broadcasting these games. And when baseball returns to Mexico and other countries, show those on TV, too. We need to broaden our horizons.
Still, I hope the “new normal” isn’t our future normal.
What are your thoughts on the 2020 baseball season?