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Wow. I've done a 180 on Smalley and really like him to be honest. Next time you hear him "ramble", listen to what he's saying. I think he's really insightful and knows what he's talking about. I think the guy could have been a coach, frankly.

 

Morneau is good but overrated on this board (understandably so, as he was one of everyone's favorite all-time Twins). He's got a history of being VERY "folksy" which I know goes over well with the Midwest crowd but I hope he takes a step forward this year and develops a little edge.

 

Bremer is Bremer. You know what I like most about him? He doesn't showboat. There are so many broadcasters out there who are acting like we're watching the game to hear them call the game - rather than to watch the team play. These guys and their signature calls, I can't stand the guy in DC who does the "See You Later" thing, it's just so unimaginative. Bremer gets out of the way and I think that's how it should be done.

 

I actually like Bert also! He does have a bit of an edge and a crass/sarcastic side. I think he feels a little hurt/bitter that he's not the main draw any more, which started when the network nixed his "Circle Me Bert" feature which pissed him off. I think you can hear that bitterness in some of his work these days. But when things are going well, and Bert's happy, he's as fun as they get.

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I have a strong opinion on this topic, mainly because my wife and I have been watching almost every televised Twins game for many years. I think we all agree Dick is very good at what he does and is one of the best in the business. This topic though is about his "sidekicks". Without a doubt, Bert is our favorite. His pitching knowledge combined with his sense of humor and relationship with Dick make for "our" favorite tandem. On the other hand, although a very nice young man, Morneau is by far the worst of any of the many new sidekicks Dick has worked with. An earlier post mentioned "Monotone Morneau". That is what my wife and I call him. Monotone but also he talks and talks and talks....... He needs to listen to himself and learn he is there for some commentary, not non-stop commentary. We had started to mute the tv toward the end of last season. As for some of the others, I like Smalley a lot, my wife not so much. TK and Jack Morris would be next in line, followed by LaTroy Hawkins and Torii Hunter. 

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I don't think I would care to hear any of them every game.    I missed Marnie's games so will go with Morneau, Hawkins, Bert, Smalley, Morris, TK and Hunter in that order.   I like Bremer.   I just wish he would pause that extra second so he doesn't get me excited about fly balls that don't even make it to the warning track.

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Wow. I've done a 180 on Smalley and really like him to be honest. Next time you hear him "ramble", listen to what he's saying. I think he's really insightful and knows what he's talking about. I think the guy could have been a coach, frankly.

 

Morneau is good but overrated on this board (understandably so, as he was one of everyone's favorite all-time Twins). He's got a history of being VERY "folksy" which I know goes over well with the Midwest crowd but I hope he takes a step forward this year and develops a little edge.

 

Bremer is Bremer. You know what I like most about him? He doesn't showboat. There are so many broadcasters out there who are acting like we're watching the game to hear them call the game - rather than to watch the team play. These guys and their signature calls, I can't stand the guy in DC who does the "See You Later" thing, it's just so unimaginative. Bremer gets out of the way and I think that's how it should be done.

 

I actually like Bert also! He does have a bit of an edge and a crass/sarcastic side. I think he feels a little hurt/bitter that he's not the main draw any more, which started when the network nixed his "Circle Me Bert" feature which pissed him off. I think you can hear that bitterness in some of his work these days. But when things are going well, and Bert's happy, he's as fun as they get.

 

I have no problem with Roy's content. I struggle listening him stammer his way through his thoughts. Could I do better? No, but I'm also not in broadcasting. It's like what they teach you in public speaking classes. It's better to pause for a moment than it is to trip over your words.

 

I like Justin's insider info, but he's soooooooo monotone. Maybe I'm just used to his playing days when Joe Mauer made him look like Bobcat Goldthwait. 

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I like each announcer and appreciate the uniqueness of each announcer, like I appreciate good food. Variety is the spice of life. Sometimes I am hungry for a thick, medium rare steak, grilled on my grill, but I don't want this every meal. I also like homemade crab cakes, a fresh garden salad, bacon and eggs and   chocolate milkshakes. I like a variety. Each of the Twins secondary announcers has his/her unique perspective to share. I enjoy them all. Dick Bremer   is a wonderful announcer and, after reading his book, "Game Used. My Life in Stitches with the Minnesota Twins", I can tell you that he is my all time favorite announcer in any sport. He is really a good man. He is someone I would enjoy having as a next door neighbor and as a friend. I highly recommend his fascinating and up-lifting book.

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Whoever it is and whatever announcers for whatever network or team, I wish they wouldn't feel like they have to make continuous chatter no matter how irrelevant or nonsensical. Today's so called communications experts seem to think that any silence is like the plague. Sometimes they get so wrapped up in what they think are stories for the ages that they actually ignore the action on the field. Just call the game and don't feel like every pitch has to be analyzed or some topic explored having nothing to do with the game simply to make noise.

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This has probably been discussed here in the past, but why did the network get rid of the "Circle me Bert" bit?

Looked at various sources. Here was the announcement: "We’re launching a new @mnlottery “Winners Circle” concept so fans at the ballpark AND watching at home can get involved! Signs are still encouraged."

 

Essentially the MN Lottery wanted ALL of the broadcasters to get involved in the whole "circle me" schtick. The MN Lottery wanted to capitalize/expand on the popularity of the whole thing and they got greedy. They then muffed the explanation and told Bert that "Circle Me Bert" was done, and Bert got hurt and started tweeting about it.

 

THEN the Twins/MN Lottery tried to walk-back its statement, saying: "We assert that the new 'Winner's Circle' is in addition to 'Circle Me Bert'," and that the two concepts together would involve even more Twins fans who bring signs.

 

Then Bert had to Tweet an apology, basically saying that he misunderstood the whole deal, but at that point it felt like the damage was done.

 

In short, Bert's little organic schtick got gobbled up by corporate greed to sell lottery tickets, they muffed the announcement, pissed everyone off, and it basically died.

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I like each announcer and appreciate the uniqueness of each announcer, like I appreciate good food. Variety is the spice of life. Sometimes I am hungry for a thick, medium rare steak, grilled on my grill, but I don't want this every meal. I also like homemade crab cakes, a fresh garden salad, bacon and eggs and   chocolate milkshakes. I like a variety. Each of the Twins secondary announcers has his/her unique perspective to share. I enjoy them all. Dick Bremer   is a wonderful announcer and, after reading his book, "Game Used. My Life in Stitches with the Minnesota Twins", I can tell you that he is my all time favorite announcer in any sport. He is really a good man. He is someone I would enjoy having as a next door neighbor and as a friend. I highly recommend his fascinating and up-lifting book.

 

 

I'm sure this post has good insights, but I had to stop and clean the drool off my keyboard after you said "homemade crab cakes"...

 

 

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I don't really have a least favorite. Being out of state I listen to a lot of different announcers because it's usually the 'home team' feed for whatever city the Twins are in. I think being able to listen to variety lessens the monotony of having to listen to the same ones over and over. Variety IS the spice of life, you know! :)

 

And when you hear worse, you are happy to come back to the regulars ... and when you hear better, you wish 'Why can't we have that!?' So ... it all balances out to ... no more least favorite.

 

And, for years I was 'forced' to listen to Harrelson with games vs Chicago ... nothing and no one is worse than that, so that really made me appreciate whatever and whoever the Twins had. ;)

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I may be alone on this one, but man, is it tough to listen to Roy Smalley stutter his way through a game. He makes me want to listen to Monotone Justin Morneau.

Just to show much diversity there might be on this, Roy Smalley is my favorite announcer pairing with Dick Bremer. When I watch him, I feel like I get an unparalleled education in the intricacies and strategies of the game of baseball. Perhaps no coincidence that Smalley is the nephew of perhaps the greatest tactician as a manager I ever saw in Gene Mauch. I think Roy is most "in the zone" talking about the game and providing relevant insights. Maybe a tad comes from his being on some of those great 70’s hitting teams that I enjoyed so much and his excellence as a player. I like a lot of Dick’s sidekicks, really but Smalley is my fave....it’s really a talented group!!!

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My least favorite is probably Latroy or Justin, but they all do a descent job. It's kinda nice the way they mix things up and have someone different rotating with Dick Bremer.  Have any of you ever watched a KC royals broadcast? At least we don't have to endure listening to Rex Hudler. He has to be the worst broadcast partner in all of baseball.

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My least favorite is probably Latroy or Justin, but they all do a descent job. It's kinda nice the way they mix things up and have someone different rotating with Dick Bremer.  Have any of you ever watched a KC royals broadcast? At least we don't have to endure listening to Rex Hudler. He has to be the worst broadcast partner in all of baseball.

And Rex's boisterous rambling does not fit well with Lefebvre's low-key approach.

 

As far as Twins announcers, in order I like:

 

Bert, Jack, Hawkins, Smalley, Morneau,Hunter

 

I think Morneau has the most room for improvement but I prefer Bert's sarcasm and humor and Jack's angry old man routine.

 

BTW, we all love Kaat but he basically says the same things as Bert and Morris. He just says it in a kind grandfatherly way.

 

 

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Smalley is brutal. It's not that he doesn't know what he's talking about, it's that he can't vocalize it. He's just not good at speaking, which is kind of important for an announcer. I'd sit and talk baseball with him any day, he just doesn't have the knack for getting what's in his head out to the viewer with any semblance of coherence.

 

Also try making it through a broadcast, or inning, or at bat without saying "big end of the bat."

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My vote would be for LaTroy Hawkins.  He seems to understand entertainment as well as baseball.  To me he brings a fresh perspective and does not lean on old yarns and outdated baseball philosophy.  To me by far the worst is Smalley.  I have to mute him when is sharing his smug and often dreary commentary.  His style reminds me of Joe Morgan.  Boring know it alls.  Blech 

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I like their TV people, and I enjoy the variety, although Bert could work a bit harder at keeping up with today’s game of baseball. Last year, during a broadcast, he asked Bremer what OPS was. Come on Bert, do a little homework. 
 

But my least favorite announcer is Mr. Gladden on the radio- only because they let him do play by play. I like him as an analyst, but the man’s command of the English language is nowhere near sufficient to enable him to successfully describe live action to a radio audience. He’s awful at that. 
 

Cory Provus is outstanding, but if he needs a three inning break, then I’d vote for a new female play by play person- it’s about time- and keep Gladden in the sidekick chair.

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Wow. I've done a 180 on Smalley and really like him to be honest. Next time you hear him "ramble", listen to what he's saying. I think he's really insightful and knows what he's talking about. I think the guy could have been a coach, frankly.

 

Morneau is good but overrated on this board (understandably so, as he was one of everyone's favorite all-time Twins). He's got a history of being VERY "folksy" which I know goes over well with the Midwest crowd but I hope he takes a step forward this year and develops a little edge.

 

Bremer is Bremer. You know what I like most about him? He doesn't showboat. There are so many broadcasters out there who are acting like we're watching the game to hear them call the game - rather than to watch the team play. These guys and their signature calls, I can't stand the guy in DC who does the "See You Later" thing, it's just so unimaginative. Bremer gets out of the way and I think that's how it should be done.

 

I actually like Bert also! He does have a bit of an edge and a crass/sarcastic side. I think he feels a little hurt/bitter that he's not the main draw any more, which started when the network nixed his "Circle Me Bert" feature which pissed him off. I think you can hear that bitterness in some of his work these days. But when things are going well, and Bert's happy, he's as fun as they get.

Roy's knowledge and experience are great. His way of speaking is not. He does ramble and thats bad for any form of public speaking. If he could word what he was trying to say in a concise way and get it over with before the next at bat..that would be great. But he doesn't. He is still rambling about a past play after the next batter is up and swinging..every, time. 

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But my least favorite announcer is Mr. Gladden on the radio- only because they let him do play by play. I like him as an analyst, but the man’s command of the English language is nowhere near sufficient to enable him to successfully describe live action to a radio audience. He’s awful at that. 

 

Cory Provus is outstanding, but if he needs a three inning break, then I’d vote for a new female play by play person- it’s about time- and keep Gladden in the sidekick chair.

This topic has been discussed on this website many, many times, but I'll say again that Gladden is the one who is most likely to make me yell at the radio/TV. His understanding of the game and the stories he can tell, which are his strengths, would lend themselves better to working TV than radio. Working radio requires painting a picture of the action on the field with words and he is utterly incapable of doing so.

Moreover, someone who has been involved with professional baseball for over 40 years ought to be able to pronounce Hispanic names correctly. He is an abject failure at that as well.

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Nobody is commenting on the radio tandem. I’m starting to get used to Dan Gladden but still not completely on board. Before we complain too much, listen to the Royals radio guy who has a problem pronouncing the letter S when it is the first letter in a word. I think it’s intentional. Schwing and a Miss A shingle up the middle for Carlos Shantana

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