GQ has released a list of the best five and the worst five MLB broadcast booths. Sure enough, the Cleveland Indians made the list, thanks to the work of Matt Underwood and Rick Manning:â†µ
This is just an incredibly boring pair, from the timbre of their voices to the blandness of their conversation. To their credit, they don’t force faux-analysis down the viewers’ throats and they don’t resort to cheerleading, but there is a difference between letting a game breathe (vital) and listening to paint dry (brutal).â†µ
On occasion, you may wonder if they’ve fallen asleep at the mic or if the audio cable has been cut, because there’s so much dead air. Perhaps the Indians lack of success has drained them of personalityâ€”hell, even the GM has admitted the season is overâ€” but they could definitely use an injection of Harry Doyle.â†µ
Now, if the list had been about radio announcers, I think Tom Hamilton would have been closer to the upper end of the spectrum.