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THE ZAPPER
Seth Davis
October 13, 1997
During last Saturday's American League divisional playoff game between the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees, NBC's Joe Morgan wondered why righthander Chad Ogea was summoned to face lefty Paul O'Neill with the bases loaded. O'Neill forthwith smacked a 3-2 pitch over the centerfield fence to lift the Yanks to a 6-1 win. Which leaves us to wonder: With Morgan engagingly providing such astute analysis, why must NBC summon a third man, in this case Bob Uecker, to the booth to sit beside play-by-play man Bob Costas? Ditto for Fox, which has Bob Brenly and Tim McCarver next to play-by-play man Joe Buck. ESPN made the better call during the divisional playoffs by going with two-man booth teams. Fox and NBC again will employ trios during this week's League Championship Series, even though when it comes to baseball announcing, three is less than two.
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October 13, 1997

The Zapper

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During last Saturday's American League divisional playoff game between the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees, NBC's Joe Morgan wondered why righthander Chad Ogea was summoned to face lefty Paul O'Neill with the bases loaded. O'Neill forthwith smacked a 3-2 pitch over the centerfield fence to lift the Yanks to a 6-1 win. Which leaves us to wonder: With Morgan engagingly providing such astute analysis, why must NBC summon a third man, in this case Bob Uecker, to the booth to sit beside play-by-play man Bob Costas? Ditto for Fox, which has Bob Brenly and Tim McCarver next to play-by-play man Joe Buck. ESPN made the better call during the divisional playoffs by going with two-man booth teams. Fox and NBC again will employ trios during this week's League Championship Series, even though when it comes to baseball announcing, three is less than two.

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