Tuesday, October 16, 2007

DEEP TO LEFT! Now The Right Fielder Comes In A Step

The Nats have offered Bob Carpenter a 1-year deal to continue to anticipate double plays that have no chance of being turned on Nats broadcasts.

Won't someone offer him a 2-year deal? Please!

Hat Tip to Loyal Reader RL


  • Haha...and when you say "someone" I assume you mean anyone else but the Nationals.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/16/2007 10:03 PM  

  • Rocket Bill gave you the hot blog scoop?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/16/2007 10:19 PM  

  • The only appropriate comment for Bullet Bob on this whole snafu would be: "That's a good take by me."

    And somebody really thinks they'll sign Andruw Jones to a long-term deal when we can't even fire our in-house homer?

    Pity Don Sutton. Played 21 years and won over 300 games only to be paired with this idiot for another eight months.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/16/2007 11:32 PM  

  • Noooooooooooooo

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/17/2007 12:27 AM  

  • Friend of STAN said... when we can't even fire our in-house homer?

    Exactly....someone, anyone at the Wpost would get on these issues; Nats can not even get the coaching staff hired 4 weeks after their announcement that they want it done before the end of the season. Bet they still print the Season Tickets in Canada too....

    By Blogger JayB, at 10/17/2007 5:52 AM  

  • Aw, christ, Carpenter's not that bad. Sure he's a straight-up goober and, yes, a homer, but he's not as terrible as some out there. I watch a lot of games on MLB.com and from what I can tell, Carpenter's about as capable as most local play-by-play men; not good, not awful. His announcer VORP would be 0. At the very least, he's better than Chip Caray, who called the freaking playoffs this year.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/17/2007 9:55 AM  

  • You're right. He's not terrible. And there are worse out there.

    But, meh.

    At least it's a one-year deal. If he comes back, they can find someone better than him next year.

    Or maybe the one-year deal would inspire him to improve.

    At least in the new park, with the shorter fences some of those RFK flyouts he calls as homers will actually leave the yard.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 10/17/2007 9:57 AM  

  • At least in the new park, with the shorter fences some of those RFK flyouts he calls as homers will actually leave the yard.

    Yes, but the pressbox will be farther away from the field.

    By Blogger WFY, at 10/17/2007 10:42 AM  

  • I am not a big fan either but at least he is not Joe Buck. Is there a more pompous jerk in all of broadcasting?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/17/2007 11:34 AM  

  • Joe Buck and Tim McCarver are horrible. And the TBS team is beyond horrible.

    Get XM radio and spin the dial next summer, or sign up for MLB Audio and you'll hear some truly frightening radio play by play and color teams out there.

    Carpenter is energetic, funny and pleasant. He also does not take himself all that seriously.

    Sure, there are better, but he's pretty darn good

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/17/2007 11:59 AM  

  • Realize that this is a minority opinion, but I like him and hope he returns. I get the extra innings package and the Nats could do far worse (for example, Michael Reighi (sp. ?), who used to do the Indians and Orioles).

    On a related note, I thought that 1 reason Carpenter was not initially asked to return is that Don Sutton did not like Carpenter. Did I dream that up or has that rumor been out there?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/17/2007 12:03 PM  

  • Well, we could do worse than Nook Logan in CF too. that doesn't mean we should settle for him.

    The Sutton/Carpenter thing was 'reported' in a column by Andrew Beyer in the Post. Apparently Don asked for a change since they didn't mesh.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 10/17/2007 12:05 PM  

  • The Sutton/Carpenter thing was 'reported' in a column by Andrew Beyer in the Post

    Only if Carpenter eats carrots, sleeps on straw, and craps in a field. Beyer does horseracing.

    I reported that story, without the scare quotes, thank you.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/17/2007 12:12 PM  

  • That's right.

    I'm mixing up my middle aged sports columnists who don't right about shit that anyone cares about!

    Carry on!

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 10/17/2007 12:14 PM  

  • columnists who don't right

    or even better, columnists who write

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/17/2007 12:36 PM  

  • Man...some people are just impossible to please.

    Carpenter is good.

    The only beef I have with him is that he waits on calling the homers of the other team until they officially leave the ballpark, when for the Nats, he almost calls it off the bat.

    Other than that - he's a play-by-play guy, and only gushes over Sutton when Sutton seems to beg for it.

    Sutton, on the other hand, is extremely tiresome. I never liked him when he was on the Dodgers, and try as I might, I can't warm up to him. I honestly enjoy the Ray Knight stints as a backfill.

    By Blogger Ray Firsching, at 10/17/2007 1:10 PM  

  • Ray Knight??? Seriously???

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 10/17/2007 1:11 PM  

  • I can understand the support for Carpenter. While I'd prefer a change, I can deal with Carpenter for another year.

    However, I'd rather jam knitting needles repeatedly into my ear drums than listen to Ray Knight for one second. He is absolutely terrible. Ron Darling was Sir Laurence Olivier in comparison to Knight

    By Blogger Brian, at 10/17/2007 1:20 PM  

  • Carpenter calling games in the smaller confines of Nationals Park? I look forward to the inevitable train wreck the first time he has to decide whether to call a ball in the air an out under the infield fly rule or a three-run homer.

    By Blogger An Briosca Mor, at 10/17/2007 1:44 PM  

  • First time commenter here. Forget whether Carpenter come back or not. I'm much more concerned about whether MASN will finally join the 21st Century and broadcast in HD (at least for the home games) next year. Has anyone heard anything about how likely that is?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/17/2007 5:30 PM  

  • Thanks for the hat tip. Peace.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/17/2007 7:27 PM  

  • Anon-
    just be happy we (hopefully) have a few games each year on Fox, to watch our boys in HD. Don't forget who owns MASN. Angelos is a dirty, cheap bastard who didn't even want us here in the first place cuz he might have to spend money to make his team better.(We all can see how well that played out.)
    How that sack of shit convinced MLB that his broadcast 'rights' included VA and areas south, is well beyond my understanding.

    By Blogger Rob B, at 10/17/2007 8:39 PM  

  • Ray Knight is enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and entertaining. He talks about much more than pichers and "playing the game the 'right' way."

    Sutton is a snob. Winning 300 games, awesome - but if he got a haircut the halo would disappear. Now, he's a spectator.

    I was really disappointed that during the Bonds games he didn't talk about how he was in the stadium when Aaron hit is homer (against the Dodgers, right?) Likely, because he's a pitching SNOB.

    Truly, not everyone will agree because it just isn't possible to find the perfect broadcasters.

    Did you read the ESPN log about Tuesday nights game? Hysterical. "10:40 McCarver saying something."

    It is hopeless. Enjoy the game.

    By Blogger Ray Firsching, at 10/18/2007 9:33 AM  

  • Sutton mentioned where he was during Aaron's homer in a few interviews. He wasn't in the park, instead, attending the funeral of someone associated with the team. (Can't remember if it was someone who worked for them, or the family member of a teammate)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 10/18/2007 9:36 AM  

  • Carpenter update per Zuckerman and Lemke (10/18):

    Meanwhile, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network confirmed it has offered play-by-play announcer Bob Carpenter a contract extension for the 2008 season.

    "We believe Nationals fans will be excited to learn that MASN is looking to bring back Bob Carpenter for next season," MASN spokesman Todd Webster said.

    Also, signed a new 3 season deal w/ 1500/107.7 per same column.


    By Blogger DCPowerGator, at 10/18/2007 12:39 PM  

  • I honestly don't mind Bob as much as some, I have a much bigger problem with Sutton. Maybe he still has that Braves broadcast TBS boredom left on him. I miss Paciorek, thought he and Bob did a great job. And holy crap, can someone offer Steve Stone a permanent job? He's the best color guy out there.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/18/2007 12:52 PM  

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