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    John Sterling is woeful

    Not that anyone needed any further proof, but the dude is complete balls. Listen to his call of the triple play last night:

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    e: ..and my phone went ahead and changed his name.
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    Re: John Sterline is woeful

    "...they throw to third, why, I don't know..."

    To get the lead runner, you idiot!

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    Re: John Sterline is woeful

    Quote Originally Posted by Big_E View Post
    "...they throw to third, why, I don't know..."

    To get the lead runner, you idiot!
    Why he doesn't know is the reason he's a numpty.

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    Re: John Sterline is woeful

    Quote Originally Posted by Big_E View Post
    "...they throw to third, why, I don't know..."

    To get the lead runner, you idiot!
    A terrible observation, but he did a good job describing the action.

    The terrible observation - Expected.
    The good call of the action - Extremely surprising.
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    Re: John Sterline is woeful

    4 different calls and only John did not know why Nix threw to third!.

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    Re: John Sterline is woeful

    Someday Sterling will retire and the Yanks will get a competent radio play-by-play guy -- but the broadcast will no longer be "special." I enjoy Sterling. The fact that he is blind as well as incompetent means that the entertainment factor is high.
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    Even better, this was, according to MLB.com, the first 4-6-5-6-5-3-4 triple play in big league history. The triple play, too, killed a budding eighth-inning rally, and the Orioles went down fairly quickly in the ninth.
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    Re: John Sterline is woeful

    Quote Originally Posted by hardrain View Post
    Someday Sterling will retire and the Yanks will get a competent radio play-by-play guy -- but the broadcast will no longer be "special." I enjoy Sterling. The fact that he is blind as well as incompetent means that the entertainment factor is high.

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    Re: John Sterline is woeful

    Quote Originally Posted by JDPNYY View Post
    A terrible observation, but he did a good job describing the action.

    The terrible observation - Expected.
    The good call of the action - Extremely surprising.
    Really? He stuttered his way through the whole thing and then yelled "triple play!" at the end.

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    Re: John Sterline is woeful

    I am going to be in the minority here but I think Sterling got this one right. Up three runs with no one out in the 8th, the smart play is to go for the 4-6-3 with the force at first, to get two outs and leave a runner on third

    Had that throw to third been offline, hit the runner in the back, or somehow the rundown was botched, everyone would have been yelling that you get the two easy force outs up three in the 8th. It was not a force at third, it was a tag play which can be a lot riskier then the 4-6-3.

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    Re: John Sterline is woeful

    I think it was appropriate to be surprised, even a little flabbergasted, at Nix's throw to third. No one tries that play, no one even thinks of it. It was completely off-the-wall, but brilliant because of that - and because it worked.
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    Re: John Sterline is woeful

    Quote Originally Posted by yankees2010 View Post
    I am going to be in the minority here but I think Sterling got this one right. Up three runs with no one out in the 8th, the smart play is to go for the 4-6-3 with the force at first, to get two outs and leave a runner on third

    Had that throw to third been offline, hit the runner in the back, or somehow the rundown was botched, everyone would have been yelling that you get the two easy force outs up three in the 8th. It was not a force at third, it was a tag play which can be a lot riskier then the 4-6-3.
    I agree - the risk is probably greater than the potential reward. However with the runner freezing and heading back to second the instinct play is to get the lead runner, so I wouldn't fault him too much if the play got botched.
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    Re: John Sterline is woeful

    Quote Originally Posted by yankees2010 View Post
    I am going to be in the minority here but I think Sterling got this one right. Up three runs with no one out in the 8th, the smart play is to go for the 4-6-3 with the force at first, to get two outs and leave a runner on third

    Had that throw to third been offline, hit the runner in the back, or somehow the rundown was botched, everyone would have been yelling that you get the two easy force outs up three in the 8th. It was not a force at third, it was a tag play which can be a lot riskier then the 4-6-3.
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    Re: John Sterline is woeful

    This is my problem with that embarrassing call, and it's the same problem I often have with Kay. You're a play by play guy, just describe what you see, that's it. It's not your job to have an opinion, especially in the middle of a play, especially in a middle of a spectacular play which you have no idea what's happening. These NY media guys just get so full of themselves.
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    Re: John Sterline is woeful

    Sterling's call wasn't half as bad as Kay's. My goodness that was awful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yankees2010 View Post
    I am going to be in the minority here but I think Sterling got this one right. Up three runs with no one out in the 8th, the smart play is to go for the 4-6-3 with the force at first, to get two outs and leave a runner on third

    Had that throw to third been offline, hit the runner in the back, or somehow the rundown was botched, everyone would have been yelling that you get the two easy force outs up three in the 8th. It was not a force at third, it was a tag play which can be a lot riskier then the 4-6-3.
    It would have been fine if it didn't take away from his ability to call the play properly, but by questioning Nix's throw, he wound up falling behind the play and then fumbled his way through the whole thing.

    Also, Cano made a pretty ridiculous catch at the end. I don't think the YES angle showed it, but from Baltimore's feed, the throw went to his left and he essentially caught it with Machado completely blocking his view.

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    Re: John Sterline is woeful

    Quote Originally Posted by boomerdisciple View Post
    This is my problem with that embarrassing call, and it's the same problem I often have with Kay. You're a play by play guy, just describe what you see, that's it. It's not your job to have an opinion, especially in the middle of a play, especially in a middle of a spectacular play which you have no idea what's happening. These NY media guys just get so full of themselves.
    To be fair, this is true. Especially with so many frantic movements. Add the Sterling-isms at the conclusion of the play.
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    Re: John Sterline is woeful

    Quote Originally Posted by teknetic View Post
    Really? He stuttered his way through the whole thing and then yelled "triple play!" at the end.
    He couldn't really yell it before the end, could he? Because it wasn't one until the end.

    I thought he did OK. He was surprised to see Nix throw to third, when there was a conventional double play for the asking if he had thrown to first. That came out as "Why, I don't know," but after that, he was on top of the action.

    I really enjoyed that clip, seeing the play from several different angles and hearing four different calls.

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    Re: John Sterling is woeful

    I haven't listened to John Sterling with any regularity in years, but I used to love listening to him on summer nights. He's got a great voice. And I'm going to weigh in with the it-wasn't-so-bad contingent on this thread. As others have said, the throw to third IS a weird play. With runners on 1st and 2nd and nobody out, the 4-6-3 or 6-4-3 is instinct; throwing to third is an exceptional and kind of shocking move (which is why the play was so great!). I don't think "why, I don't know" was an arrogant thing at all...I think it was just stream-of-consciousness surprise popping out. I would've done the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by South Facing Epitaph View Post
    Sterling's call wasn't half as bad as Kay's. My goodness that was awful.
    I don't think Kay's call was bad at all. He was on the television side so he didn't have to be as descriptive and at times let the visual speak for itself.

    Sterling did stumble a bit (he lost some fluidity) after his initial confusion, but the worst has to be the last clip - the WBAL announcer. Was that the craptastic Joe Angel? You'd think he was calling a tennis or golf match, instead of an exciting, infrequent play. And, what's with his adding "a" at the end of some words, like "third-a." Sometimes we think we have it bad till we hear some of the announcers from other cities.


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    Re: John Sterling is woeful

    When I watched the replay of the play with all the calls, I immediately picked up on the Sterling "Why, I don't know" comment - and made mention of it in another thread.

    Still, I don't get the "Sterling (and Waldman) are so bad" contingent.

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    As for Sterling & Waldman, they are what we have right now and I enjoy listening to their call of the game when all I have to listen to is their call. Perhaps we are spoiled from the days of Red Barber, Phil Rizzutto, Jerry Coleman, Frank Messer and Bill White.
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    Re: John Sterling is woeful

    Just for once, I'd like to see a post praising one of our announcers

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    Re: John Sterling is woeful

    Quote Originally Posted by Nome View Post
    Just for once, I'd like to see a post praising one of our announcers

    Andy
    Here's one. I enjoy our announcing crew and instead of getting all bent out of shape over Sterling's faux pas, I find them humorous and entertaining and welcome them. It's a baseball game, not life-threatening surgery. Plus, the guy has such a soothing, relaxing voice that compliments a long drive. I also enjoy Kay. His Center Stage show proves that he's one of the the best interviewers on the planet.

    For comparison sake, when I listen to some of the nasally Mets announcers (Howie Rose - but lispy Josh Lewin is the worst), it's like nails on a chalkboard. Same with a lot of the out-of-town hicks or mumbling former players calling games.


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    Re: John Sterling is woeful

    Quote Originally Posted by Nome View Post
    Just for once, I'd like to see a post praising one of our announcers

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    Sterling has great pipes and a great work ethic. I've said so many times. Other than that, I don't know what I'd praise him for.

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    Re: John Sterling is woeful

    Ehh... it was a weird play and he at least did a decent job of telling you where the ball was. Michael Kay had the benefit of not having to describe every single thing going on and he still kind of stumbled through it. The Orioles broadcast wasn't exactly smooth either.

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