Poll Time: Jays Broadcast Team


I thought I would set up a poll to see what we all thought about the different members of the Jays broadcast team.

I am curious because my opinions have hardened this year.

Let’s go through the list one by one:

I find Buck harder to listen to now that he’s away from the team. I can understand that he doesn’t want to travel with the team. There are places the Jays go that I wouldn’t go to right now (and since I live in Alberta, that says a lot).

But … I don’t see why he couldn’t come to Toronto to at least play the home game live and in person. I don’t want to get into the rumors that he’s not vaccinated. I have extreme views on vaccines. I am pro-science. But I don’t want to judge Buck on “a friend of a friend told me” stuff.

He seems to have a hard time describing the game from a monitor. Although to be fair, he hasn’t had to do that that much in his career. He seems to be a little late on the call at times

As an analyst he talks much more about Dan than when they are together in the cabin of the analyst chair. He has spoken a lot more than I would have liked from the “analyst” when he is with Dan.

And there are stuff like this:

There are a few points to this;

  • Buck hasn’t experienced “clubhouse culture” for two years. So how does he know that star players are the hardest workers.
  • It sounds like a compliment, but personally I wish scrubs were the hardest workers, so it sounds a bit of an insult. For example, when John McDonald was with the team, I attended pre-game warm-ups a number of times, and McDonald’s was by far the hardest worker. I asked a few coaches, and they agreed, he worked harder than anyone. I have often thought that the season is long and that the “star players” are beaten as they go, so they can be allowed to come off the field more easily.
  • I have no doubt that Vlad has worked hard this year. He has become a good defensive first baseman. I thought he would be a first baseman in the vein of Carlos Delgado, someone with whom, thanks to his glove, you can live with him there. But then Lourdes Gurriel improved his game in the outfield (as did Teoscar Hernandez). He comes back on the ball much better than in the past. Finally, I think Breyvic Valera has improved in third place this season. To me, it seems obvious that all of these guys are working at their craft.

For me, this comment above is my problem with Buck. He will say something without proof, without any proof that it might be true too often for me.

On the bright side, some of the daily rants have disappeared lately. For example, I haven’t noticed the catcher on one knee, or the rants have been happening so often lately.

Anyway, let’s do the poll.

Survey

Do you approve of Buck Martinez’s work?

  • 15%
    Strongly approve

    (5 voices)

  • 28%
    Slightly disapprove

    (9 voices)

  • 25%
    Strongly disapprove.

    (8 voices)


32 votes in total

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Pat Tabler, to me, has a good sense of humor. I think he’s at his best when he talks about his playing career. I loved that he could show us the ball he hit his first shot on. And I think he’s done a really good job of making the background of the room he’s playing look good.

But … he doesn’t give a lot of analysis. He seems, for the most part, to agree with what Buck or Dan just said, or rephrase it slightly (sometimes, very slightly). Dan sometimes tries to get him to tell us something interesting or ask him a question, leading him to something interesting, but he seems to have his set points, and he’s going to share them.

I would like him to care more and more about the new statistics on the number of errors and the percentage of commissioning.

Again, he doesn’t travel with the team, so sometimes I wonder what he knows about what’s going on with them.

Survey

Do you approve of Pat Tabler’s work?

  • 9%
    Strongly approve

    (3 voices)

  • 29%
    Slightly disapprove

    (9 voices)

  • 25%
    Strongly disapprove

    (8 voices)


31 votes in total

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For me Dan Shulman is just a professional. He didn’t seem to have too much trouble calling the game from a monitor. But, on the other hand, maybe having more experience with it helps.

You can tell he is a fan of the sport. I like this. Sometimes broadcasters spend too much time telling us that the game is no longer good and that “in their day” it was a much better sport. I get tired of it quickly.

Survey

Do you approve of Dan Shulman’s work?

  • 75%
    Strongly approve

    (21 votes)

  • 0%
    Slightly disapprove

    (0 votes)

  • 0%
    Strongly disapprove

    (0 votes)


28 votes in total

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I haven’t listened to Ben Wagner enough this year to really form an opinion. However, I listened to it while playing YouTube and thought it was doing a good job. And I heard it for a few moments in the car.

I think he would need a partner in the booth, and I liked Mike Wilner in that role. It’s a lot to ask one person to carry the whole load. There is not a lot of Vin Scully in the world.

I’m just glad they now have a dedicated radio show. The simulcast of the TV was horrible.

Survey

Do you approve of Ben Wagner’s work?

  • 38%
    Strongly approve

    (8 voices)

  • 9%
    Slightly disapprove

    (2 voices)

  • 0%
    Strongly disapprove

    (0 votes)


21 votes in total

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Let’s stop there and talk about the others in a separate article.


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