Harry Doyle, Cleveland

harry_doyleHarry Doyle, PbP, Cle – Rookie Year: 1989. A wasted talent in Cleveland.  Once a rising prospect in the broadcast game, his career was derailed by losing, bitterness, and day drinking. Fills the airwaves with disdain for the hometown, though it likely comes from a good place.  Frustrated with management and seems to have no interest in career-preservation. Disinterested mood creates influences broadcast negatively. Well too aware of dismal ratings. Would be fascinating to listen to during a pennant chase, though that seems unlikely in this lifetime.

Quotes: “Heywood leads the league in most offensive categories, including nose hair. When this guy sneezes, he looks like a party favor.” “This guy threw at his own son in a father son game” “In case you haven’t noticed, and judging by the attendance you haven’t, the Indians have managed to win a few here and there, and are threatening to climb out of the cellar.”

Sit in a lawn chair in the mid-July sun, drink domestic beer, sneak in a few naps rating: Full 6 pack of buds, 0(+) nap. Total Score: 6

Cory Provus, Minnesota

cory_provusCory Provus, PbP/Clr, MN – Rookie year: 2009. Smooth jazz voice that isn’t smooth enough to make it work. Voice needs to age a decade or two to distinguish itself from any random college basketball announcer – currently about as interesting as his face would suggest. Whiskey and cigarettes would help.  Temporary excitement feels forced.  Classic replacement level announcer, could work any market and be unspectacular. Seems to feel superior to his boothmate, Danny Gladden.

Quotes: … honestly, he just calls the game.

Sit in a lawn chair in the mid-July sun, drink domestic beer, sneak in a few naps rating: 2 buds, 2(-) naps. Total Score: 0

Denny Matthews, Kansas City

 

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Denny Matthews, PbP, KC – Rookie year: 1969. Gruff, old, likely (definite) smoker. Strong ability to inflect at any moment mid-sentence. I didn’t realize he had a color man in the booth for 20 minutes. Ueckeresque in tone, though lacks high end comedic talent.

 

Quotes: “The only way Sano gets picked off is if he takes a mid-afternoon snooze.  Sometimes you ask a pitcher why they threw over to first and they’ll just say, ‘Idunno, I just did’”

Sit in a lawn chair in the mid-July sun, drink domestic beer, sneak in a few naps rating: 5 buds, 2(+) naps. Total Score: 7