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One of the biggest drawbacks with independent baseball is that information about other teams and leagues is not as readily available as it is with Minor League Baseball. By providing the listener with information about the league, its history, and how it ties in with the rest of independent and affiliated baseball you will be able to tell a much more comprehensive story. Again, announcing a baseball game is more than balls and strikes. It is a story interrupted by a game! For example, during a long break in the action such as a conference on the mound you can ask listeners to e-mail or Twitter you questions which you can then address during the rest of the broadcast, if appropriate.
This leads to the next thing a baseball announcer should have: All of these will help keep your listener tuned into your coverage and not change the channel or shut down your online broadcast window. There are a few of them. The worst cases in recent history have to do with online announcers who are chosen because they are family members, sponsors, or friends of high-dollar sponsors. These people, who are not passionate about calling the game and leaving a positive mark on baseball history, violate these rules with the greatest frequency:.
If there is a problem, resolve it off the air. Droning on about her, especially if she has nothing to do with the team in any way, is just bad announcing.
Even if the listener remains, you have broken rapport with the listener and you will have to work hard to get the listener back to feeling compelled to listen. This is just basic manners. As a guy you should stay away from commenting on women in the stands. If you must comment, be complimentary and move onto the story quickly. This is just good policy for tons of reasons! Dave, thank you for all of your insights! What final recommendations do you have for our readers?
If you want to become an announcer, go to a good school and send your demo tapes to the appropriate decision-makers in independent and affiliated minor league baseball. Learn what it takes to be a professional, and remember that you are there for an entire season. It is on nights like those where you really have to dig deep and keep your listeners interested… especially during a rain delay! That is why you need to be prepared, come to the stadium early, learn how to tell stories and be entertaining, have a knowledge of baseball history and the league in which your team plays, and have communication with the fans.
You can learn much from their perceptions of what to do as an announcer and how to make your listeners feel compelled to listen to your stories as much as to listen to the actual game. I wish all future baseball announcers the best as they pursue this fun, crazy business known as professional baseball! For a list of books which Dave recommends, look at the image below and click on the titles which interest you the most. They never give the count, the score, or anything related to the game.
Thank you for your comment! Those types of broadcasts are ones where the team somehow forgets that quality actually counts and that their ratings actually matter to future sponsorship dollars. Hopefully your comment will encourage future broadcasters to take note and improve their skills as quickly as possible. If you need hard-to-get tickets to sporting events and other live entertainment events then click this link to find available tickets: Also, be sure to get actual and print-on-demand memorabilia and merchandise from independent baseball teams active and now defunct starting at this link: You are welcome to see a list of suggestions through this link: There's no crying in baseball!
I never took the game home with me. I always left it in some bar. Well, it took me 17 years to get 3, hits in baseball, and I did it in one afternoon on the golf course. After Jackie Robinson, the most important black in baseball history is Reggie Jackson. We know we're better than this, but we can't prove it.
It ain't like football. If a horse won't eat it, I don't want to play on it. Alan Sutton Sothoron pitched his initials off today. All I remember about my wedding day in is that the Cubs lost a doubleheader.
Never root for a team whose uniforms have elastic stretch waistbands. There ain't much to being a ballplayer, if you're a ballplayer. Us ballplayers do things backward. First we play, then we retire and go to work. The funny thing about these uniforms is that you hang them in the closet and they get smaller and smaller. Sure I played, did you think I was born age 70 sitting in a dugout trying to manage guys like you?
When you start the game, they don't say "Work ball! There are two theories on hitting the knuckleball. Unfortunately, neither one of them works. The way to catch a knuckleball is to wait until the ball stops rolling and then to pick it up. How the hell are you gonna think and hit at the same time?
The majority of American males put themselves to sleep by striking out the batting order of the New York Yankees. A hot dog at the game beats roast beef at the Ritz.
He's the strangest hitter in baseball. Figure him out one way and he'll kill you another. As a nation we are dedicated to keeping physically fit — and parking as close to the stadium as possible. I ain't in no slump. I just ain't hitting. A man once told me to walk with the Lord. I'd rather walk with the bases loaded. I'd be willing to bet you, if I was a betting man, that I have never bet on baseball.
Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets. Lasorda's standard reply when some new kid would ask directions to the whirlpool was to tell him to stick his foot in the toilet and flush it.
If you don't succeed at first, try pitching. The Hall of Fame is for baseball people. Heaven is for good people. I never saw anyone hit with his face. He looks like a greyhound, but he runs like a bus. The baseball mania has run its course.