Best game announcers

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    I think I'd be able to handle Mick much, much better if he just abandoned the gimmicks. Not everyone needs a nickname and not every play of more than 10 yards needs an "Oh My."
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    Rays radio guys are top notch. Dave Wills and Andy Freed.
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    I've never been a Phillies fan, but Harry Kalas is my all-time favorite voice in the booth. Loved his voiceovers for NFL films as well.
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    His son (Todd) is the sideline/stands reporter for the Rays and has a very similar voice. I think the Phillies were looking at him for a color job, but appears he's staying with the Rays/Sun.
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    I can only tolerate him in very, very small doses (and there's that study out there saying he is the biggest homer announcer in baseball...), but for signature calls Hawk Harrelson's enthusiasm is tough to beat.
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    Harrelson is very authentic and entertaining. Todd Kalas is a shell of his father, it's like a Joe Buck / Jack Buck comparison.
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    Actually, that would probably be giving Todd a little too much credit, if it were an accurate analysis in the first place.
    Jack Buck = Play By Play Announcer
    Jo Buck = Play By Play Announcer

    Harry Kalas = Play By Play Announcer
    Todd Kalas = Sideline, Features, etc. Reporter. Though I've seen him do some HS and small-college FB play-by-play and he wasn't bad, that is not his job or title. His job is to be funny, goofy and light-hearted, which he does very well.

    Apples to Oranges.

    And Harrelson is great. . . in a cartoonish, wholly-unprofessional, John Sterling kind of way.
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    Hands down, best ever... Harry Doyle.



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    Actually, not exactly. Todd does quite a bit of fill-in work as a hybrid color/play-by-play guy (reality is Staats is actually better at color than Todd) when Brian Anderson is doing Fox Sports stuff. Todd is shooting for play-by-play but is relegated to feature for now.

    That said, he'll probably do play-by-play 20 times in a season and he's really, really drab.

    That said, my point was largely that neither can compare favorably to their fathers.
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    Vin Scully has to be way up on any list.
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    Oh God, THE BEST!!!

    To me, he IS the voice of baseball. For instance, when I think of Gibson's home run, I hear Scully's call not Buck's.



    Beauty of this is the almost minute of silence before those famous words: "In a year that has been so improbable the impossible has happened"

    And schooled at the knee of. . . . .former Gator Red Barber of course.

    Though I do wish he would add a color guy (amazing he does the whole thing solo - especially at his age - and pulls it off).
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    Must have missed him on PbP, though I have seen him do color. Maybe I'm crazy, but I do like ex-players/managers in the color role because that's the point of the position IMO. In baseball there is plenty of time for both PbP and Color to add commentary, analysis, but I do want one of the voices to have played and/or managed the game before.
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    Really when they're both there it's like two play-by-play guys. Kalas is not interesting enough to do color and ends up doing the p-b-p most of the game and Staats handles the color commentary. It's awful, though. I'm not a huge Brian Anderson fan but Staats is great at establishing chemistry with anyone and he makes Anderson tolerable.
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    I agree completely. Just doesn't work with Staats and Kalas in the booth.
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    What about our own Chris Collingsworth? I think he does a great job.
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    Blackledge is also my favorite college football TV announcer. Good personality, doesn't take himself too seriously, knows the game. Like his Toast of the Town segment. Danielson is good too.

    Mick is an icon, and David Steele has a great voice and is also excellent.
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    Curt Gowdy and Al DeRogatis
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    For SEC football games Gary Danielson. Wouldn't it be great if we could team him up with Mick?
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    My favorite sport is UF Baseball so I am biased. Jeff Cardozo is terrific. Diehard fan. Mick is terrible at baseball. He sounds excited when UF hits into a double play.

    I love the first couple weeks of UF baseball when Mick is otherwise occupied with UF Basketball. I don't like the UF-SWAC games when Mick feels it is necessary to join baseball despite basketball still going.

    Maybe it is me but no sport is as dependent on the announcers as baseball. An announcer can make or break the game. I have never watched a baseball on mute. I have watched many a football game on mute.
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    It's not you. Just watch that Scully call and, specifically, his timing on the home run call. Perfect.

    Love the avatar, BTW. Shieldsy taking a shot at Crisp. I think Gomes barrels in shortly thereafter.

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