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Headley's Big Season is Lost in California Sun
Category: MLB
Tags: MLB San Diego Padres Chase Headley

 

There is a lot of noise coming out of California in 2012, in both the National and American League West divisions. With the Athletics, Angels, Dodgers, and Giants firmly entrenched into the playoff races, it is easy to forget that there is another team in California, just a little South of all the action, both geographically and in the standings. That said, it is easy to forget about the Padres, with a record of 69-75, the playoff picture has blown away and dreamers can hope it will resurface in 2013.

 

But with forgotten teams, there are also forgotten players, and there is one Padre in particular that has enjoyed a 2012 season worth remembering; Chase Headley.

 

Headley has been on the cusp for a few seasons, but the dark forces of Petco Park have prevented him from putting together the batting line that he was truly capable of. That has all changed in 2012, as Headley came into his own in a big way.

 

At 28-years-old and entering his prime, Headley is in the midst of his best season to date, without question. He's hitting a solid .282 with 27 home runs, 102 RBI, 80 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases. He leads the National League in games played and RBI. The home run total is equal to his last three season...COMBINED.

 

Oh did I mention that he only has a single other teammate, Carlos Quentin, with more than 10 home runs, and that teammate has played in only 80 games? Did I also mention he plays his home games at Petco Park?

 

Both of those questions deserve some merit when considering how great of a season Headley is having.

 

The lack of line-up protection is more clearly represented in Headley's career-high 72 walks received. It's hard to put together as solid of a season when your team poses no true offensive threats. The return of Quentin and his presence is clearly seen in Headley's first and second half splits:

 

 

Split

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS

1st Half

86

315

39

84

20

1

8

42

10

50

88

.267

.368

.413

.780

2nd Half

57

224

41

68

6

0

19

60

4

22

55

.304

.365

.585

.950

Generated 9/13/2012.

 

Clearly, he got to see a lot more quality pitches in the second half with Quentin around.


As for the park splits, it is not quite as drastic, but it is obvious Headley would have a much better value outside of Petco Park, where batted balls go to die. You can call it the Reverse Coors effect if you would.


 

Split

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS

Home

72

268

37

70

14

0

10

44

3

31

73

.261

.341

.425

.766

Away

71

271

43

82

12

1

17

58

11

41

70

.303

.392

.542

.934

Generated 9/13/2012.

 

On any other team, a season like this would garner some sort of praise, some MVP votes or at least an All-Star nod. Well, Headley didn't get the latter, but if the media wants the example of a most valuable player, win/loss record aside, this is their man.

 

Random Thoughts
Category: FEATURED
Tags: US Olympic Uniforms Jason Kidd San Diego Padres Syracuse Orange

Don’t be mad Average Fan Detroit?? You won’t steal home here?? Olympic Uniforms foreign made?? Kid meets a tree?? Did ScottJax scare ya?? Orange squeeze into the ACC?? All this and more in this weeks edition of…

Sorry if my picture scared some people off. It did wonders at work, because since the picture was posted there have been no bug problems. LOL. So I made it up to you by posting a picture of Kate Upton.

Gotta love it that she is wearing a Yankee hat!! How’s that AFD!!



Okay, the uniforms look great. They should. They were designed and made by Ralph Lauren. So what’s the problem. The apparel were made in China and its causing an uproar in the United States Congress. Here is what some had to say:

"I am so upset. I think the Olympic committee should be ashamed of themselves. I think they should be embarrassed. I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told reporters at a Capitol Hill news conference on taxes. "If they have to wear nothing but a singlet that says USA on it, painted by hand, then that's what they should wear," he said, referring to an athletic jersey.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters at her weekly news conference that she's proud of the nation's Olympic athletes, but "they should be wearing uniforms that are made in America."

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said simply of the USOC, "You'd think they'd know better."

In a statement, the U.S. Olympic Committee defended the choice of designer Ralph Lauren for the clothing at the London Games, which begin later this month.

"Unlike most Olympic teams around the world, the U.S. Olympic Team is privately funded and we're grateful for the support of our sponsors," USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said in a statement. "We're proud of our partnership with Ralph Lauren, an iconic American company, and excited to watch America's finest athletes compete at the upcoming Games in London."

"It is not just a label, it's an economic solution," said Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y. "Today there are 600,000 vacant manufacturing jobs in this country and the Olympic committee is outsourcing the manufacturing of uniforms to China? That is not just outrageous, it's just plain dumb. It is self-defeating."



 

Drew Brees found out what it will be like to be a very rich man having just signed a five-year $100 million contract that has $60 million of it guaranteed, an NFL-record. Drew’s first year of the contract will net him $40 million fully guaranteed ($37 million in bonus money and $3 million salary, carrying a $10.4 million cap hit).

No one can dispute how great a quarterback Drew Brees is. His records speak for themselves. But, could it only be a one year deal? In 2013, 5 days after the Super Bowl, the Saints will have a 3-day window, during the waiver period, to avoid paying another $15 million of guarantee money. In 2014, another $5 million is guaranteed under the waiver formula as is the remaining $39 million earned in 2015 and 2016.



Jason Kidd busted his Cadillac Escalade into a telephone pole east of Southampton Village. He was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor of driving while intoxicated. Kidd was so drunk he didn’t know what happened. He did sustain minor injuries.



I am not a Los Angeles Dodgers fan, so nothing could please me more than to see the Padres steal one from the Dodgers. The Padres trailing 6-5, with two out in the top of the ninth, pinch-runner Everth Cabrera on third and Will Venable on second. With a 2-2 count on hitter Alexi Amarista and Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jansen wondering how to pitch to him, Cabrera dashed home. See the video to see what happens.. Ah, it can wait. Cabrera steals home as Jensen threw the ball passed catcher A.J. Ellis, and Venable had also come around to score with the winning run.

Here is the clip:

 



Syracuse will be leaving the Big East and joining the Atlantic Coast Conference on July 1, 2013, a year early than originally planned. Syracuse will pay the Big East a fee of $7.5 million. So far no word if Pittsburgh will be leaving in 2013 or 2014.

If Pitt does leave in 2013, as some are saying this is what will happen next year:

The new ACC will go to a 9 game conference schedule.

Each team will play every year against its own division.

Two games will be against an opponent in the other division.

One team will be designated as a “cross-over” team an play each other every year.

Atlantic Division

Syracuse

Florida State

Clemson

North Carolina State

Boston College

Maryland

Wake Forrest

Syracuse will play Pittsburgh every year as the “cross-over” team.

Coastal Division

Pittsburgh

Virginia Tech

Miami

Georgia Tech

North Carolina

Virginia

Duke

The will leave 3 non-conference games for the ACC to play.

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More NFL players who were tendered franchise tags signed long-term contracts on Monday.

Ray Rice a 5-year contract worth $40 million. Ray will get $17 million this year and $8 million in 2013.

Matt Forte signed a four-year deal worth about $32 million, $17 million of it guaranteed.

Josh Scobee signed a four-year deal worth about $14 million, about $3.4 million a year with $4.75 guaranteed.

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Til next time

Scott

This Week In Small Market Baseball
Category: MLB
Tags: MLB Royals Indians Pirates Blue Jays Rockies Padres

 

 


 

 

 

With the season right around the corner, and a lot of small market squads are making last minute roster adjustments, I thought it would be appropriate to start a new weekly post. For those that are unaware of my recent project, I am sort of championing the smaller market squads so that they get a bit more attention among the main stream fans of MLB. I have some help from some folks likeTheBeeze, FanOfReds, and TSBN's own JawsRecliner.

The goal of this series is to just aggregate the news and notes from the small market squads into one quick place each week.

 

 
  • -          The Colorado Rockies have named Jamie Moyer as their number two starter. Moyer, 49, sat out all of 2011 after recovering from Tommy John surgery. He will be the oldest active player in the majors and with his first win, will set the record for oldest starting pitcher to gain a victory.

 

 

 
  • -          The Kansas City Royals and left fielder Alex Gordon reached an agreement on a four-year contract extension. The 2nd pick of the 2005 draft took a few years for things to click, but things really came together for him in 2011, with a .303 batting average, 23 home runs, 87 RBI, and a gold glove. The deal is worth $37.5 million and includes a player option for 2016. This is the third contract extension handed out by the Royals this season, joining Alcides Escobar and Salvador Perez, and is a sign that the Royals are serious about making this group into a contender.

 

 

 
  • -           The Pittsburgh Pirates will be without starter Charlie Morton to start the season. Morton, who was placed on the disabled list on Friday, posted a 10-10 record in 2011 with a 3.83 ERA and 110 strike-outs.

 

 

 
  • -          Another young player receiving an extension was San Diego’s Cory Luebke, who got a three-year deal from the Padres worth $12 million. Luebke, while only posting a 6-10 record in 2011, accompanied that with a 3.29 ERA and 154 strike-outs over 139.2 innings pitched. He’ll enter 2012 as the number two starter behind TimStauffer.

 

 

 
  • -          Earlier in the week, the Cleveland Indians were rumored to be acquiring outfielder Bobby Abreu from the Los Angeles Angels, but that deal has apparently fallen through. The deal would have sent outfielder Trevor Crowe to the Angels in return, but there has been no movement in recent days. With the injury to Grady Sizemore (words often repeated), the Indians are looking for a possible upgrade from Shelley Duncan in left field. Abreu, while his power has slipped in recent years, is still an on base machine and his patience at the plate would do well to rub off on the young Indians line-up.

 

 

 
  • -          Speaking of ageless wonders, the Blue Jays have given a roster spot to OmarVizquel, the 44-year-old veteran shortstop. Toronto, where he’s expected to be a back-up at short, second, and third, will be Vizquel’s sixth major league team. He’ll make the roster after having a tremendous spring, hitting .452 over 31 at-bats.

 

 

All Statistics courtesy of baseball-reference.com.

 

Padres Prospect Watch: Yonder Alonso
Category: MLB
Tags: MLB San Diego Padres Yonder Alonso

For a team in rebuilding mode, it is never easy to trade a 23-year-old ace. It becomes more difficult when you carry the third lowest payroll in baseball and that pitcher won't reach arbitration eligibility for another season.

Yet, when the Cincinnati Red came asking about Mat Latos, the San Diego Padres gave it serious thought and walked away with a stellar package of players. In exchange for Latos, the Padres received RHP and former 17-game-winner Edinson Volquez, solid prospects in Yasmani Grandal and right-hander Brad Boxberger. But the prize of the package was uber-prospect Yonder Alonso.

Alonso, who will turn 25 on April 8th, is ready to step into a full-time role at the major league level now. Blocked at first base in Cincinnati by Joey Votto, the former Miami Hurricane needed the change of scenery in order to get his shot. Obviously, the Padres thought so highly of him that they didn't hesitate to trade first baseman Anthony Rizzo, the prize catch in the Adrian Gonzalez trade with Boston, to the Chicago Cubs in order to make room for Alonso immediately.

As shown in his minor league numbers in the Reds organization (hat tip to Baseball-Reference.com for the stats), Alonso has shown that he is ready to hit and produce at the major league level and doesn't have much left to prove in the minors.

 

Year Age Tm Lev G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
4 Seasons   313 1179 149 345 85 6 36 179 20 148 203 .293 .370 .466 .837
AA (2 seasons) AA 60 206 31 58 16 0 5 27 5 33 31 .282 .380 .432 .812
AAA (2 seasons) AAA 192 764 96 226 55 6 24 112 15 83 136 .296 .364 .478 .842
A+ (2 seasons) A+ 55 194 22 59 14 0 7 40 0 29 35 .304 .389 .485 .874
Rk (1 season) Rk 6 15 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 .133 .278 .133 .411
2008 21 Sarasota A+ 6 19 1 6 1 0 0 2 0 5 5 .316 .440 .368 .808
2009 22 3 Teams A+-AA-Rk 84 295 33 86 24 0 9 52 1 41 46 .292 .374 .464 .838
2009 22 Reds Rk 6 15 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 .133 .278 .133 .411
2009 22 Sarasota A+ 49 175 21 53 13 0 7 38 0 24 30 .303 .383 .497 .880
2009 22 Carolina AA 29 105 12 31 11 0 2 14 1 14 15 .295 .372 .457 .829
2010 23 2 Teams AAA-AA 132 507 69 147 36 2 15 69 13 56 92 .290 .362 .458 .820
2010 23 Carolina AA 31 101 19 27 5 0 3 13 4 19 16 .267 .388 .406 .794
2010 23 Louisville AAA 101 406 50 120 31 2 12 56 9 37 76 .296 .355 .470 .825
2011 24 Louisville AAA 91 358 46 106 24 4 12 56 6 46 60 .296 .374 .486 .860
Generated 3/20/2012.
 
What deserves noting is that Alonso showed tremendous strides in his patience at the plate from 2010 to 2011. That patience, while a little less pronounced during his 2011 cup of coffee with the Reds, will go a long way for him at the major league level, especially on a team like San Diego that has a lack of true run producers. And if Alonso's 2011 trial with the Reds is any indication, not to mention the Padres sacrifice to get him, he will be expected to be a run producer immediately.


 
Year Age Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2 Yrs 69 117 11 35 6 0 5 18 10 31 .299 .354 .479 .833 124
162 Game Avg. 162 275 26 82 14 0 12 42 23 73 .299 .354 .479 .833 124
2010 23 CIN 22 29 2 6 2 0 0 3 0 10 .207 .207 .276 .483 28
2011 24 CIN 47 88 9 29 4 0 5 15 10 21 .330 .398 .545 .943 154
Generated 3/20/2012.
 
So what can fans expect from the young phenom? Well, firstly the National League Rookie of the Year award, which after two brief stints in the majors he still qualifies for. But fans should also be observant of the fact that Yonder Alonso will be playing half of his games in spacious Petco Park and he'll also be toiling for the Padres. The Padres did bring in Carlos Quentin in a separate deal, so Alonso won't need to be counted on as the sole source of power in the line-up, but the Petco affect cannot be shaken. It wouldn't be far fetched to feel that Alonso would be successful if he managed a batting line of .287 Avg, / 18 HR / 82 RBI.


If Yonder Alonso can put that season together in his first year in a Padres uniform, he would have easily justified the deal alone. While his short-term impact looks good, it was his long-term prognosis that the Padres truly bought into.


 
Baseballs 10 Best Broadcasters
Category: MLB
Tags: Atlanta Braves Baltimore Orioles Chicago Cubs San Diego Padres San Francisco Giants New York Mets Los Angeles Dodgers MLB Arizona Diamondbacks





Watching a game of baseball can sometimes be as much fun listening to the broadcast booth as it is watching the actual action on the diamond.

Generally that area is filled by people who have been in and around the game for as long as anyone can remember. While the fairly recent losses of legends like Ernie Harwell and Harry Kalas makes the game a little less fun, there are several people left who bring listeners much needed smiles.

We all have our favorites, so feel free to add yours to the list if you are so inclined. Yours truly freely admits that he hasn't had the pleasure of hearing everyone behind the microphone.




Bob Uecker


If you want to get a feel of how cool "Ueck" is, you can watch all the commercials, appearances with Johnny Carson, movies, and even his sitcom for a taste.

One of the best ways is to listen to comedian Artie Lange tell a story of how he got to sit next to Uecker for a few innings and watch the maestro at work. Truly hilarious insight.

"Mr. Baseball" knows his stuff, both good and bad. A sound defensive catcher with a World Series ring, he once led the league in passed balls trying to catch knuckleballing Hall of Famer Phil Niekro despite playing just 59 games.

He is not just extremely funny, but you can improve your own game listening to Uecker. Want to learn how to catch a knuckleball? Just wait until it stops rolling, then go pick it up.

Here is a montage of some of his quips :


Anybody with ability can play in the big leagues. But to be able to trick people year in and year out the way I did, I think that was a much greater feat.


Baseball hasn't forgotten me. I go to a lot of old-timers games and I haven't lost a thing. I sit in the bullpen and let people throw things at me. Just like old times.


Career highlights? I had two. I got an intentional walk from Sandy Koufax and I got out of a rundown against the Mets.


I didn't get a lot of awards as a player. But they did have a Bob Uecker Day Off for me once in Philly.


I had slumps that lasted into the winter.


I hit a grand slam off Ron Herbel and when his manager Herman Franks came out to get him, he was bringing Herbel's suitcase.


I knew when my career was over. In 1965 my baseball card came out with no picture.


I led the league in "Go get 'em next time."


I set records that will never be equaled. In fact, I hope 90% of them don't even get printed.


I signed with the Milwaukee Braves for three-thousand dollars. That bothered my dad at the time because he didn't have that kind of dough. But he eventually scraped it up.


If a guy hits .300 every year, what does he have to look forward to? I always tried to stay around .190, with three or four RBI. And I tried to get them all in September. That way I always had something to talk about during the winter.


In 1962 I was named Minor League Player of the Year. It was my second season in the bigs.


Let's face it. Umpiring is not an easy or happy way to make a living. In the abuse they suffer, and the pay they get for it, you see an imbalance that can only be explained by their need to stay close to a game they can't resist.


One time, I got pulled over at four a.m. I was fined seventy-five dollars for being intoxicated and four-hundred for being with the Phillies.


People don't know this but I helped the Cardinals win the pennant. I came down with hepatitis. The trainer injected me with it.


Sporting goods companies pay me not to endorse their products.


Sure, women sportswriters look when they're in the clubhouse. Read their stories. How else do you explain a capital letter in the middle of a word?


The highlight of my career? In '67 with St. Louis, I walked with the bases loaded to drive in the winning run in an intersquad game in spring training.


When I came up to bat with three men on and two outs in the ninth, I looked in the other team's dugout and they were already in street clothes.


When I looked at the third base coach, he turned his back on me.


I was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Actually, I was born in Illinois. My mother and father were on an oleo margarine run to Chicago back in 1934, because we couldn't get colored margarine in Wisconsin. On the way home, my mother was with child. Me. And the pains started, and my dad pulled off into an exit area, and that's where the event took place. I remember it was a Nativity type setting. An exit light shining down. There were three truck drivers there. One guy was carrying butter, one guy had frankfurters, and the other guy was a retired baseball scout who told my folks that I probably had a chance to play somewhere down the line.

Well, a couple of grand slammers and the Brewers are right back in this one (Uecker during the 8th inning of a game the Brewers were losing 8–0.)

The biggest thrill a ballplayer can have is when your son takes after you. That happened when my Bobby was in his championship Little League game. He really showed me something. Struck out three times. Made an error that lost the game. Parents were throwing things at our car and swearing at us as we drove off. Gosh, I was proud.


I had slumps that lasted into the winter.

A doctor told me to drink lemon juice after a hot bath. But I have never finished the bath.


I won the Comeback of the Year Award five years in a row!

I'm scared of the Reds.

I had been playing for a while, and I asked Louisville Slugger to send me a dozen flame treated bats. But when I got it, I realized they had sent me a box of ashes.


Luv Ya Ueck!




Jim Palmer


Residents in Charm City have long been blessed with great men behind a microphone. The legendary Chuck Thompson is still king, and his days working with Orioles Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson were fun.

Ford Frick Award winner Jon Miller took over in the radio booth when Thompson, who also won the Frick Award, worked just television in 1983, the year the Orioles won the World Series. Today the Orioles have the excellent Gary Thorne.

Palmer is the greatest pitcher in Orioles history. He is a Hall of Famer who has done modeling and acting too, so going to the booth was a natural transition. He started working network television before coming back home to do just Orioles games.

Listening to Palmer is a daily education. From his knowledge of the game, stories from the past, and relationships with current players, Palmer is always fun to listen to.

A few years ago, the Orioles played the Washington Nationals. Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton was calling Nationals games at the time, and someone had the idea to put both in the same booth.

The legends swapped stories, theories, learning's, and more. Anyone who got to listen to the duo in that three game series probably paid little attention to the action on the field because the focus was on listening to the duo.

Baltimore has had solid guys like Buck Martinez in the booth, as well as Orioles greats like Rick Dempsey and Mike Flanagan working with Thorne too. But everyone quietly hopes Palmer will feel like calling the game that day so they can get a wealth of wisdom and greatness.





Vin Scully


Scully's 61 years of calling Los Angeles Dodger games is the longest of any broadcaster with a single club in professional sports history. The 83-year old is still going strong, showing no signs of slowing down.

Not only is his wealth of knowledge endless, but all players say Scully is one of the truest gentleman to have ever graced the game.

Born in the Bronx of New York City, Scully started calling Brooklyn Dodger games in 1950. He accompanied the team when they moved in 1958, making him and Tommy Lasorda the last ties in the organization to their beginnings.

While he has covered all sports, many other organizations have unsuccessfully tried to retain his services. His loyalty to the Dodgers is a legend of lore that will not be duplicated.

The historic moments he has called it endless. From the Brooklyn Dodgers only World Series win, to four perfect games and a no-hitter. His biggest moments may have been Hank Aaron's record-breaking 715th home run and Kirk Gibson's famous World Series home run in 1988.

Scully, a Frick Award winner, is often imitated but he will never be duplicated. There are thousands of Dodgers fans out there who root for the team because he is the man in the booth.





Jon Miller


Miller started out broadcasting Major League games with the Oakland A's in their title year. After working with the Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox, he got a job with the Baltimore Orioles in 1983.

The Orioles changed owners in 1993, and Miller was fired in 1996 for being a broadcast journalist as opposed to a homer-type. Though Miller was an Orioles fan, he called games with an objectionable point of view.

The San Francisco Giants hired him immediately, where he still works today. Miller also spent 20 years with ESPN before departing after the 2010 season. Games he called with Hall of Famer Joe Morgan drew a large fan base for the network.

Miller won the Ford C. Frick Award in 2010. Lon Simmons, who also won the Frick Award in 2004, has still sat in on a few Giants games on occasion after retiring to a part-time basis. Giants fans are certainly lucky to have a pair of legends in their booth.

Miller is known for being cerebral and eclectic, as well as humorous. He does a wide range of impressions that range from Vin Scully, Jack Benny, Thompson, Simmons, and others.




Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow


This duo of ex-players have teamed in the Giants booth for a few decades. Their rapport is the stuff of legend, as the banter in known to fly often.

Krukow was a pitcher who won 124 games, including a 20-win season once for the Giants in 1986. Kuiper was a utility player with a good glove and light bat. Krukow often kids Kuiper how he has four more career home runs than Kuiper.

Krukow is best know for having his own lingo. His phrases are said to come from the "Kruktionary". Here are a few samples :

"Grab some pine, meat!"

"Just another - ha ha ha ha - laugher!"

"I wanna get that!, I wanna get that!, I wanna get that!" whenever a product is endorsed during a game.


Kuiper invented a new slogan for close games. "Giants baseball... torture!"

"Kruk and Kipe" are opinionated but funny. Having played the game, what they speak garners the respect of listeners. The fact that they are ex-Giants who staunchly support the team and players gives them even more legend in the Bay area.





Marty Brennaman


In 1974, Brennaman was hired by to replace the departed Al Michaels to broadcast the Cincinnati Reds games on the radio. Joe Nuxhall, a former Reds pitcher, was paired with him and the duo would call games the next 31 seasons.

The pair were extremely popular in Cincinnati, appearing in all sorts of events throughout the city. Brennaman has won the Ford C. Frick Award in 2000, as well as several other awards.

He is known for voicing his opinion, even if it is deemed controversial. He had been critical of umpires and even some Chicago Cubs fans. His son, Thom, is a respected announcer who has called games for the FOX network as one of the original announcers of NFL games, the Cubs, and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Thom, who started out working with his dad in the late 1980's, re-joined the Reds in 2006 so the Brennaman's could team up again. This gives Reds fans a duo with almost 70 years of combined broadcast experience.





Ralph Kiner


Kiner followed a Hall of Fame playing career, which ended early due to injury, to the the booth. He joined the expansion New York Mets in 1962 and is still going at 88-years old. Kiner is the only broadcaster to call all of the Mets history as he gets ready to enter his 50th year with the team.

Mets fans enjoyed the days of Kiner and Frick Award winner Bob Murphy working together for 41 years. The duo was entertaining in many ways and developed a huge following.

Kiner is a gem himself. He is known for making mistakes on the microphone, especially with remembering names. He even called himself "Ralph Korner" once. He called Gary Carter "Gary Cooper", and Hubie Brooks "Mookie".

Kiner hosted a show called "Kiners Korner" since 1963, but the post-game show appearances dwindled as Kiner aged.

Here are a few of his most notable quotes on the "Korner" :

"And it's going....going....going to be caught"

"The Mets are winless in the month of Atlanta"

"It's Father's Day today at Shea, so to all you fathers out there, Happy Birthday."

"All of Rick Aguilera's saves have come in relief appearances."

"All the Met wins on the road against Los Angeles this year have come at Dodger Stadium."


Mets fans love Ralph Kiner! With good reason.





Chip Caray


Sometimes one is born to sit in a broadcast booth due to D.N.A. Chip Carey's grandfather and father had announced baseball games over 80 seasons combined. His grandfather, Harry, is a legend in the city of Chicago, while his dad, Skip, is an Atlanta legend.

His dad broke him into broadcasting Braves baseball in 1991, even though he had already two seasons of working Orlando Magic games, in the NBA, under his belt. Carey left the Braves to call Seattle Mariners games for a few years, then worked for the FOX network.

His grandfather worked with him doing games in 1998, and the two would work together calling Chicago Cubs games until 2004. Carey joined the Atlanta Braves to work with his father again in 2005, where he currently works. He also has a brother who calls games for a minor league team in the Braves network.

Skip Carey worked many years with Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton calling Braves games. Sutton has a son, Daron, who is considered by many to be one of the best broadcasters calling baseball games.

Chip Carey truly benefited from learning as a child from his parents. Thom Brennaman is another excellent broadcaster who is following his own famous fathers footsteps.

But being related to a famous broadcaster does not mean one is automatically good at his job. Joe Buck is the son of the legendary Jack Buck, but is as exciting as watching paint dry behind a microphone.




Jerry Coleman


Coleman started out as a player and won four World Series as well as a World Series MVP Award. He is the only Major League Baseball player ever to have seen combat in two wars.

He started working in the booth of San Diego Padres games in 1972 and has been there since, with the exception of the 1980 season. He managed the Padres that year and went 73-89.

He is one of just four ex-players to win the Ford C. Frick Award. Coleman is known for a penchant of making mistakes announcing, but the 86-year old is a legend in the San Diego area.

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