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How Biased Are The Announcers Of Your Favorite Baseball Team?

September 25, 2012 – Evan Stambaugh

The Wall Street Journal did a study of 30 teams and how their baseball announcing teams commented on the games. What they basically did is they counted how many biased statements each team of announcers made in the games they were calling. Examples of bias are the use of the words like “we,” “us,” or “our,” referring to a certain player by their nickname, or just flat-out rooting for the team.

It is no surprise that the dynamic duo of Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone, who call the White Sox games, made a combined 104 biased comments, which makes them the biggest homers in all of baseball. You know, those 104 biased comments are more than the other broadcasters’ biased comments combined. The team of broadcasters that came in second place were Matt Underwood and Rick Manning, who call the Indians games. They had 23 combined biased comments; not even close to the 104 Hawk and Steve managed to utter.

What about the guys who made the least amount of biased comments? There were broadcasters of five different teams that made no biased comments in the WSJ’s study.

They were: Vin Scully of the Dodgers (no surprise there), Buck Martinez and Pat Tabler of the Blue Jays, Michael Kay, Ken Singleton, and Paul O’Neill of the Yankees, Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy of the Red Sox, and Gary Cohen, Ron Darling, and Keith Hernandez of the Mets.

To find out where the announcers of your favorite baseball team rank, you may see the full results of the study here.

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