Lately, I’ve been listening to parts of the Mets broadcasts on radio, for whatever reason. Last year, I thought Howie Rose and Tom McCarthy sounded too much alike — I couldn’t tell which was which at times. But, it wasn’t a big deal — they both sounded fine to my ears and did a nice job of describing the game.
This year, however, with Wayne Hagin in the booth with Howie, it sounds … I don’t know … awkward? I couldn’t put my finger on what it was, exactly, and was going to write a post about it but I felt bad, because Hagin seems to be a nice guy and came here as a well-respected, well-liked announcer … I thought maybe it was me, perhaps I simply needed to get used to hearing Hagin instead of McCarthy.
However, I’m not the only one; MetsBlog recently broached the topic … and I’m glad Matt said it publicly first:
â€¦speaking of broadcasters, iâ€™m not sure what to make of Wayne Hagin, who took over as the play-by-play man for WFANâ€¦iâ€™m starting to think iâ€™d rather listen to just Howie Roseâ€¦on his ownâ€¦ala Vin Scullyâ€¦i prefer howieâ€™s play by play, and i prefer howieâ€™s commentaryâ€¦whatâ€™s more, hagin is almost too polishedâ€¦he has a lot of gravitas and a traditional cadence, and i miss the genuine excitement that the broadcast used to haveâ€¦sorry, wayneâ€¦
I’m not sure what “gravitas” are, but otherwise I’m with Matt — what he said.
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Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers.