Glad to have Don Sutton back?

From Carroll Rogers:

Hey y’all. I’m working on a story about Don Sutton for Tuesday’s paper and wondered if a few of you might feel strongly about what it’s been like to have him back, especially in light of the loss of Skip and departure of Pete.

You can comment on the question below or if you’re interested in chatting with me, please e-mail me at crogers@ajc.com with your name, your phone number and your hometown, and I”ll give you a call back.

Thanks much.

Carroll

177 comments Add your comment

Ken

August 24th, 2009
1:59 pm

I think it was great to get someone of Sutton’s experience back with the Braves. Not only is he an accomplished major leager and broadcaster, he knows the ins and outs of the Braves. He has been here before. He can relate to when the team was good in the 90’s and early in this decade. He has also helped bridge the gap created by the retirement of Pete Van Wieren and the untimely passing of Skip Caray. Sutton has been great for Jim Powell, who I feel has struggled some this year grasping the team.

Plate Appearance

August 24th, 2009
2:01 pm

Yes! Most definitely!

Brian

August 24th, 2009
2:04 pm

Not happy at all. You can listen for 15 minutes and never hear the score, count, plays etc. He should do talk radio not play by play. Comparing him to Skip is like comparing filet mignon to a hambuger – a hamburger from Uzbekistan.

Patron Saint of the Lost Art

August 24th, 2009
2:04 pm

Sutton is great. His voice is reminiscent of all those summer nights in 90s. Unlike Joe Simpson, Sutton not only has a great voice, but a terrific feel and understanding for the game that is exemplified in his stellar Hall of Fame career. Don Sutton and Jim Powell isn’t quite as good as Skip and Pete, but it is pretty darn close!

Fish Bisch

August 24th, 2009
2:07 pm

I will miss John Madden.

All American Dude

August 24th, 2009
2:13 pm

I love having Don back. Not only because he’s a link to the past, but I just enjoy listening to him. Some may say he rambles on, but I think he does a great job. I just thank God we don’t have to listen to people like Jon Miller, Tim McCarver, & company on a daily basis!!!!

Knuckle Sandwich

August 24th, 2009
2:17 pm

Thought I would be happy to have him back, but have been disappointed. Not descriptive, never updates the score and stumbles over his words. So-so color guy, should never do play by play.

BravesFanLostInOhio

August 24th, 2009
2:19 pm

Don Sutton isn’t just a guy with good pipes behind the microphone, he brings knowledge and helps to educate the fan. Having Sutton during the years Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz, and company pitched made us appreciate the historical nature of the era, and now he helps to understand where the Braves are growing…and falling short.

Christina

August 24th, 2009
2:20 pm

It’s funny you should say a “familiar voice” b/c that is exactly what I think when I hear Sutton. I was so sad when Skip passed and Pete retired b/c I listen to Braves games on the radio a good bit. So having a familiar voice like Sutton doing the play by play helps me ease into not having good ol Skip and Pete.

kirkinga

August 24th, 2009
2:20 pm

I have always enjoyed his commentary. He is to pitching what Hubie Brown is to basketball. I have never understood why he get’s grief for telling old stories because everyone in baseball tells the same old stories over and over again.

I think any time an announcer can help point out some things that may not be intermediately apparent to an average viewer, or he can teach and instruct (youngsters), during a game, that’s a good thing.

Having heard broadcast teams from around MLB, there are many in the booth who don’t add much value to the broadcast, you cannot say that about Sutton.

and...its...gawne

August 24th, 2009
2:24 pm

Yes, it’s nice having the familiar voice, I just wish he could do play-by-play. Or let Jim Powell do the PBP and let Don do the color. Only maybe tone it down just a little.

Rixter

August 24th, 2009
2:24 pm

Love to have the ole’ Pensacola boy back!

Greg

August 24th, 2009
2:24 pm

The Braves should have never let him go the first time he was with the Braves. Don calls the game with such insight and knowledge that he is great to listen to. I wish the Braves would put him back on TV. Him and Joe Simpson made the best team.

Rixter

August 24th, 2009
2:25 pm

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Gary

August 24th, 2009
2:26 pm

Sutton has always been my favorite. I’ve learned more about pitching from him as he gets inside the pitcher’s head during an at-bat to let you know what to expect. Nice having a 300-win HOF pitcher in the booth. How many teams can say that?

Darren

August 24th, 2009
2:26 pm

I love having Donny back in the booth. It’s great to hear him call games. I do miss his interaction with Skip though, they were great together.

Ron Little

August 24th, 2009
2:26 pm

Don Sutton is a hall of famer who mingles as well with the common man as the rich. Being from Alabama, he adds touches of the south that someone not from the area would miss. Baseball is and has always been more than just a game of balls and strikes..that’s why I love it so.

Buzzed

August 24th, 2009
2:27 pm

Never should have let him go!

BIOMASS

August 24th, 2009
2:28 pm

Sutton is a horrible radio announcer. He calls the game like the listener is watching television. He give vague references to the action on the field by ambiguous use of confusing pronouns. Half the time the listener can’t tell which team player Don is “waxing eloquent” about. Or someone hits a homerun, and he’ll either go silent (presumably watching the action), or say something like, “He got it!” He got it? What? Caught the ball? Got the HR??? Sutton is a genius in his own mind.

Tune in and want to know the score and inning? Tough luck unless you catch it at the beginning or end.

tale of woe

August 24th, 2009
2:29 pm

For me, he is one of the most knowledgeable personalities out there. I actually wish he was on the TV side again. I think he connects with the viewers and I am glad that he is back with the Braves.

Freddie G

August 24th, 2009
2:30 pm

Sutton is the best, his knowledge of the game and his ability to deliver to us the listener in a clear manner makes it easy to picture what is happening.

Gustopher

August 24th, 2009
2:32 pm

I use to listen to him when he was doing TV with the Nationals. Whenever they were playing the Braves all he would do is trash talk and besmirch the players. You could tell he held a grudge for letting him go.

DHD

August 24th, 2009
2:33 pm

I go all the way back to 1966 with Milo. Don Sutton always brings something new to the game every day. I learn something every time I hear him. He is great and I hope he stays with us a long time. A side note…the very first MLB game I ever saw in 1966, Don Sutton was the starting pitcher for the Dodgers.

DawgDad

August 24th, 2009
2:35 pm

I like Don. Agree, at times he spaces out and forgets to communicate the mechanical components like inning and score. But he’s got a smooth comfortable delivery and a deep understanding and appreciation of the game and the home team. The one that needs work is Chip Caray; I love the idea of having him around, but he’s too much like Tim McCarver in continuously pushing tangential theses to the point of becoming grating and distracting. Let’s give Don a break. Mike Shannon is a great announcer. Mike Shannon was a cartoon clown when first started in the booth. Don is going to be a good flagship man pretty soon.

Christy

August 24th, 2009
2:36 pm

Love listening to Don on the radio, always have. His Play by Play might not be the best as some note above, but I always feel like I’m in the same room listening to him tell a story around a table and it feels right somehow. It may be that it doesn’t suit some people, who want the action reported in detail as it happens; but Baseball to me has always been as much about the stories as about the statistics. It’s because of the stories I hear from the announcers that I care for the players they talk about, otherwise, it’s just numbers and win-loss records and not real.

nemov

August 24th, 2009
2:38 pm

I love Don Sutton. My contempt for the wave started when I heard he talk about how stupid it is. Having a Hall of Fame pitcher in the booth during the run was great.

WH

August 24th, 2009
2:40 pm

Don Sutton is a terrible radio announcer

My Turn

August 24th, 2009
2:41 pm

Enjoy Sutton as an analyst. Not wild about his play-by-play, to use the term loosely. Jim Powell is style over substance. Can’t stand when he rambles on about his opinions. There’s zero chemistry there. Actually, I think Lemmer gets better each year. A little monotoned in his voice but otherwise very solid. Also, a little off subject, but could somebody please give Brian Jordan a little training. Loved him as a player and think he has potential on air but he needs to relax.

Seven Pitches

August 24th, 2009
2:43 pm

I am a dedicated baseball and Braves fan, and I don’t own a television, so I am totally dependent on radio for my play-by-play. The sound of Skip and Pete on the radio each spring was as welcome as the first robin sighting, so I looked forward to spring this year with some misgivings.

Having Don Sutton back has been a true pleasure, and has eased much of the pain of losing Skip and missing Pete. Sutton is a Southerner, so he speaks my language, and his knowledge of baseball, especially pitching, is encyclopedic. He’s a great storyteller, and very good at painting pictures with words. Bringing him back was a great decision by the Braves.

mark

August 24th, 2009
2:43 pm

I have a 9 year old all star pitcher and any time Don Sutton talks pitching we lisiten and we love it ,I hate it he’s not on tv!Tell me more Don i’m listening every night!!

FREAKED OUT

August 24th, 2009
2:47 pm

I missed Don “Jerry Curl” Sutton’s hair. His dome peice is something else. His hair reminds me of Richard Simmons hair. We could get rid of Powell and have the Sutton & Simmons Show!

Batcork

August 24th, 2009
2:48 pm

Don is great to have back as a familiar voice with deep ties to the team. He is folksy in a genuine, natural way. He is a terrific analyst with strong knowledge of the game and a deep pool of entertaining and informative anecdotes. But he is a horrendous radio play-by-play man. His descriptions are slow to develop: “Line drive to left. …and McCann is now 1 for 3″ (Leaving the listener to wonder if it was caught in the air, three-hopped to the outfielder, or in the gap, unless you knew what McCann’s line was before the AB.) His inflections give no clue. He gets loud and excited on routine outs, and is matter-of-fact calling home runs.

On balance, happy to have him back. But he should be slotted full-time where he’s best, at the second mike.

Bob H.

August 24th, 2009
2:49 pm

WH is a terrible plumber

26.2

August 24th, 2009
2:49 pm

I do like ol’ Don Sutton but he needs to learn to add the “S” to the end of his words. Example: we are the Braves – not the Brave ( sounds like a WNBA team name).

monty

August 24th, 2009
2:50 pm

Yesterday when McCann hit that ball trough the infield and the runner on third scores then Sutton says “and they are going to send Kelly Johnson….(I’m waiting to hear if he’s out or safe thinking there is a play at the plate)…and the Braves are up by 2!” Nothing about the throw beng cut off or any detail. But I still like him,because he’s not too technical.

Bryan G.

August 24th, 2009
2:51 pm

He is awful. However, that said, he is not as bad as Jim Powell. Jim Powell is the worst announcer in sports not named Lou Holtz. But…it’s pretty freaking close.

Batcork

August 24th, 2009
2:52 pm

I attempted to say “Line drive to left….(verbiage..verbiage…pause)…and McCann is now 1 for 3″ but you get the point.

Vickie

August 24th, 2009
2:55 pm

It’s been really great to have a familiar voice on the air. With Skip’s passing and Pete’s retirement, I was afraid we wouldn’t have anyone on air that knew the team so well, from every aspect. Chip isn’t bad (and his impersonations of his dad are sometimes spot on), but he is much better on TV. Lemmer hasn’t quite grasped the play-by-play concept yet. He’ll be a good possibility in the future. But Don… Don knows his stuff, which is great. He gives you insight on both teams. Being a pitcher, he knows what those guys go through. It’s very nice to hear him again. And he’s bringing Jim along well, teaching him how to be a Southerner again. Jim still has a lot of Uecker-isms, which are fine, but he’s learning the Sutton-isms now. Jim and Don are a great team!

larocheisabeast

August 24th, 2009
2:56 pm

i love don sutton. he’s a seamless broadcaster and he actually understands the game, giving insight and enough info to know what’s going on during the game without talking entirely too much out of his arse, like some other broadcasters out there who will remain nameless. definitely great having his familiar voice back, without him and joe it just wouldn’t feel right, especially having lost pete and skip.

Brad

August 24th, 2009
2:58 pm

Carroll, I sent you an email with my contact info.

Bert

August 24th, 2009
2:58 pm

When I first heard Don Sutton on TBS, many years ago, I thought, man, this guy really knows the game. Now I would confidently say that he is the best color man in the business. He’ll never be accused of being the best play-by-play man, but his “good ol’ boy” personality, coupled with his baseball knowledge and easy listening voice make him my favorite.

A few years ago, when TBS let Sutton go, I was very upset. In my opinion, they let one of the most knowledgeable baseball people go. Don Sutton could be a good pitching coach, hitting coach or manager, if he so pleased. Anyway, I’m happy he’s back. With the passing of Skip, and the retirement of Pete, the timing couldn’t have been any better.

Mike S

August 24th, 2009
2:58 pm

Don is a phenomenal color guy. Not crazy about his play-by-play though. Powell is great at that though, so I wish they’d just stick to those roles all the time (or at least most of the time. I can understand for when Jim’s gotta take a bathroom break!).

Regardless though, I’m VERY excited to have Don’s voice back on the Braves Radio Network. Don/Jim on the radio, and Joe/Boog on TV, are two great combinations that we should really feel fortunate to hear/watch everyday as Braves fans.

Jeff R

August 24th, 2009
3:05 pm

Sutton has two things going for him that younger broadcasters do not have: 1) He has professional baseball experience stretching back into the 1960s. 2) He has institutional memory of the 90s Braves.

I believe both allow Sutton to bring more to the table in calling or coloring games.

BravesFan

August 24th, 2009
3:07 pm

I just wish that after all these years that Don Sutton would learn that there is an “s” on the end of Chipper’s last name. His name is Chipper Jones and not Chipper Jone.

Joe Simpson the Great

August 24th, 2009
3:08 pm

Don is familiar. He’s no Skip or Pete but he a genius compared to Ron Gant. What I really miss is TBS broadcast. These other networks Fox and ESPN just can’t capture a game the way TBS could. I’m tired of them missing the action.

Gant should work a little more on his broadcasting and a little less on his biceps.

Joe

Dean

August 24th, 2009
3:16 pm

I’m glad to have Don back. But, I admit he and Jim get a bit too wrapped up in deeper issues than the play-by-play. I miss old school radio when the announcer was in the moment of the game.

AustinBrave

August 24th, 2009
3:17 pm

The best broadcaster has got to be Vin Scully. He gives you a history about every player and he is never bias. I learned things about Braves players that I never new after hearing Vin on TV. Don Sutton is very good but could take some lessons from Vin. Glad to have him back.

splitfinger

August 24th, 2009
3:39 pm

#1. Constantly emphasizes the wrong number when the score changes. Man he drives me crazy with that!
#2. Is Captain Cliche. If he says “right down Broadway” or “he’ll make a u-turn” one more time, I’ll throw a brick at the radio. He spews more cliches than Skip Caray, and that takes some doing.
#3. Talks waaaaaay too much. Game often becomes the subplot. It’d be nice if Jim Powell could actually get a chance to gain some experience.

I think Sutton is half decent as an analyst, but terrible as pbp. Powell is decent as pbp, when given the mic, but never gets to talk when Sutton does pbp because Sutton never shuts up. And he actually said this one night, “This one is popped up to right center. If it comes down, there’ll be a Brave under it.” Wha?

Space Monkey

August 24th, 2009
3:44 pm

I wish we had him on TV. The TV crew for the Braves is awful. Simpson and Sutton would be an excellent combination: hitter and pitcher.

charles

August 24th, 2009
3:46 pm

Don brings real baseball knowledge to the broadcast which is why I listen. There is always a game within a game in baseball which makes it so much fun to follow, especially if you played or have been around it.

CaliChopper

August 24th, 2009
3:54 pm

Don makes you feel you are right there with him, just like Ernie, Skip and Pete did. While he still has a way to go to catch Vinny, he’s on the right road and three of the best showed him the way

StingerSplash

August 24th, 2009
4:00 pm

His Jim Gantner story on the radio yesterday was priceless.
Sutton knows the game and really, really knows pitching. Yes, he gabs too much and sometimes it’s hard to discern when, say, an inning-ending double play is made.
But his appreciation and love for the game are evident. And I’ve heard worse call a game (Jon Sterling and Suzyn Waldman, anybody?). Granted, everybody misses Skip and Pete and Pete’s often very subtle contributions really now are apparent. It would be hard to follow those two, even if it were Jack Brickhouse and Curt Gowdy in the booth.
But I enjoy listening to Sutton. He’s very good as an analyst.

Dave

August 24th, 2009
4:02 pm

Overall I like Don being back. Like most have said, he goes too long sometimes without giving updates. You’ll hear the crack of the bat and people cheering and have no idea what is going on b/c he is telling a story. But I like his stories. He and Jim do a good job when Jim his doing play by play and Don is providing commentary.

P.S. Anyone is better than Mark Lemke.

Bobby Coccyx

August 24th, 2009
4:06 pm

AtlantaNative62

August 24th, 2009
4:10 pm

Very glad to have him back! He knows the game and adds just enough humor to keep the broadcast light. I think he gets that it is still just baseball and it should be fun. He definitely makes it fun and worth listening, too.

Slee

August 24th, 2009
4:18 pm

Don is a good analyst but not so hot with the play by play. I was liked him ok the 1st time around tho and with no Skip or Pete it’s bee nice to havesomeone familiar. I must say I have been plesantly surprised by Jim Powell. Really good play by play and not all glossy like the awful Chip,

scottbravesfan

August 24th, 2009
4:20 pm

Having Sutton back is great. He knows the Braves and their history and he’s a hall of famer himself.

Chop Chop

August 24th, 2009
4:21 pm

I’ve never been a fan of Don Sutton. He’s a Dodger. Joe falls into that category. Aside from the Dodger issue, Don’s main problem is that his eyes are really bad. He and Chip Caray call a game like they’re viewing it through kaleidoscopic Coke bottles. Nevertheless, Don has some decent stories and reminds folks of the good ol’ days. I guess it’s okay to have him back.

Bill M.

August 24th, 2009
4:24 pm

I’m one of the few that’s not a fan of Sutton. After what took place on a WGST call in show several years back I was always taught to respect older people. During this call in, Sutton lost it and called this old gentleman a bald face liar. It was about signing of balls that he had to pay for and the older gentleman misunderstood that in order to get his signature, he would have to pay for it. The older gentleman was in his 70’s. Carroll ask Sutton if he remembers. It’s on tape but probably been destroyed. I was a big fan of his but no more.

JeanE

August 24th, 2009
4:26 pm

I am happy to have Sutton back but have to echo others’ comments: he never gives the score!! That is the most important thing on radio & he forgets to do it! Otherwise, I am enjoying his being back!

fastasballs

August 24th, 2009
4:29 pm

Don is great & I’m glad he’s back in the booth. Too bad Chip didn’t go to the Nats in return. He & Dibble would be hands down be the most annoying duo since Beavis & Butthead.

The Braves have been blessed with the likes of Ernie, Skip, Pete, Don & Joe Simpson over the years. I think Boog brings a lot too. He has a good sense of humor.

South GA Dawg

August 24th, 2009
4:30 pm

Yes, I am glad Don Sutton is back in the broadcast booth. To me he is for the Braves broadcast what Larry Munson was to the Bulldog broadcast. Listening to either one you can almost see the field in you mind and follow the action without actually viewing it on screen or at the ball park. When watching on ESPN and /or Fox I had rather turn the TV sound down and listen to Don Sutton call the game.

faninva

August 24th, 2009
4:32 pm

Mark Bradley had something similar to this last week and my feelings haven’t changed.

I think he is great as a commentator, but not as a play by play guy. A home run call about a week ago went something like this – “popped up, still carrying, back to the wall, homerun.” I miss Skip’s – “AND THERE’S A DRIVE!” His big play calls are often flat.

Steven Nestor

August 24th, 2009
4:33 pm

Love having Don Sutton back. Any chance he can relace Chip Caray on PeachtreeTV Braves broadcasts?

chip carey's eyebrows

August 24th, 2009
4:36 pm

I actually was not a fan of don’s back in the run. He was always my least favorite for some reason. However, i turned to a game on the radio early on in the season, and like many have said, it took me back to a better time for the Braves. He does ramble but he is a good storyteller and I enjoy him much more the second time around. Maybe its just because everyone else is gone.

Powell seems like a cookie cutter announcer, don’t hear the passion, does a good job getting you from a to b but nothing spectacular.

Boog and Joe are pretty sollid. They have the best chemistry of any of the combos. Boog has grown on me and Simpson will offer criticism, which I like.

Chip is by far the worst announcer of the group. He didn’t use to bother me, but a buddy told me to actually listen to what he says and pay attention. I did and found out that he really says the same stuff over and over. We know you wish the game would get back to speed and defense. We know when the braves are down by 3 a 3-run homer would tie it up. He says obvious things, sometimes in situations that really can become frustrating to listen to. I loved his dad, but Chip is no Skip. Sadly, I think the only reason more fans don’t realize this is because of his last name.

Gant and Jordan were painful at first, but have showed steady improvement. There are times you wish they would just relax and talk, because they seem to have real knowledge.

I like Hickman and Jerome as well. They seem like professionals and do a good job.

Run don't walk

August 24th, 2009
4:37 pm

Something I’m wondering but am too young to answer: Disregarding their completely different styles, is Sutton the best pitcher-broadcaster since Dizzy Dean?

Lew

August 24th, 2009
4:40 pm

Living up here in Vermont, the only way I can see the Braves is on the Extra Innings package, which all too often, broadcasts the other team’s feed. I purchased XM so I could listen to Don (at least when the Braves are home)-even with the delay, it’s well worth it. Glad he came back to Atlanta.

Shamus Thacker

August 24th, 2009
4:50 pm

Sutton knows his bidness. Glad he’s back. Just nice knowing there’s a Skip/Pete/Ernie link still around to wax nostalgic bout those days. Don’s a genuinely nice guy too.

Shamus Thacker

August 24th, 2009
4:51 pm

Lew, Ernie Johnson is from Vermont.

Chuggin'

August 24th, 2009
4:53 pm

Don doesn’t say the score so you will keep listening.

Glenn

August 24th, 2009
4:53 pm

anything’s better than Chip Caray and Joe “Boog” Schambi!

Shamus Thacker

August 24th, 2009
4:55 pm

Hard for me to bash Chip cause of Skip. Summa y’all ain’t got that prob. lol

John Hoar

August 24th, 2009
5:01 pm

Don, has always been about the best around and we are lucky to have him again. I always take the ex-player’s opinion as being pretty good, as compared to the “sports announcer.” The exception would me McCarver and Joe Morgan.

Shamus Thacker

August 24th, 2009
5:03 pm

All announcers say obvious things. That’s because folks besides baseball scholars and rocket scientists are watching. For every Fay Vincent watching the game, there’s 100 williegs…

Larry

August 24th, 2009
5:04 pm

Enter your comments here I have been listening to baseball games for 65 years and I must say Sutton is the worst I have ever listened to. Talks too much, his description of the action is ambiguous, and his stories take away from the game action. He should listen to Vince Scully to find out what a broadcaster should sound like. The Braves should have him do color only.

Raphael "The Witch Doctor" Soriano

August 24th, 2009
5:04 pm

Glenn – How do you like ole’ Jon Simpson?

Roger

August 24th, 2009
5:06 pm

I have always loved Don Sutton’s commentary and insight into the game of baseball and especially the Braves. I live in central Alabama and I can’t pick up a station that carries the Braves on radio. I just wish the Braves would let Don do some of the TV games so I could enjoy his call of the game sometimes.

Just Pat

August 24th, 2009
5:06 pm

I’ll listen to ANYONE (even Don Sutton) over Joe Morgan any day!

Dr Hoo

August 24th, 2009
5:09 pm

Sutton sounds good the first 10 or so times you listen to him. Then you have heard everything he has to say and listening to him repeat the same 5 or 6 observations starts to annoy you. I was glad when he left and am glad he isn’t back on the TV side. That said, he is 100 times better than Chip who is pure torture to listen to.

Chipper Murphy

August 24th, 2009
5:09 pm

Don Sutton and Jim Powell are a good combo – keep them together!

Braves88

August 24th, 2009
5:10 pm

Don educates, shares insight, and does a good job. In my opinion, the Braves and their fans are lucky to have him.

ellaguru

August 24th, 2009
5:13 pm

Color, si’. Play-by-play, no no no.

Shamus Thacker

August 24th, 2009
5:16 pm

Don’s a guy I’d love to drink a belly fulla liquor with, and just listen…

M

August 24th, 2009
5:16 pm

You can overcome the lack of a good radio voice if you call the game well. Don does not do that as a play-by-play announcer. He is a good analyst. However, radio this year is not using the analyst as well. Don, when doing play-by-play, has a bad tendency to focus on stories about the players and not on the action of the game. As much as I would like to enjoy him, I just don’t. Jim Powell is much better. For my money, Boog is the best play-by-play man at the moment. Although comparing radio and tv announcing isn’t exactly the same.

Memphis

August 24th, 2009
5:17 pm

Joe Morgan is a racist. He clearly only applauds those accomplishments of black players.

YE19

August 24th, 2009
5:25 pm

I actually prefer Jim POWELL over SUTTON, but anything is better than any television tandem. I turn the volume down on my MLB.TV account and listen to the radio guys with MLB Gameday, because Boog, Joe, Chip, and Ron in any combination flat out stink. Though Ron GANT is my all-time favorite player, he just needs more experience to refine his broadcasting skills. JOE is probably the most tolerable of all the tv guys, but his favoritism is a huge turn off. His relentless riding of superstar-in-the-making Escobar seems personal, while he consistently defends/defended the present and former Golden Boys Jones and Francoeur throughout their struggles.

Mitchell

August 24th, 2009
5:27 pm

He talks funny, he says weird things.

The other week he introduced Jorge Sosa by saying that he was 31 years old and then said, “he turned 32 at the beginning of the season.”

Did anybody catch that? Sort of strange wouldn’t you agree?

Also, before the last game in New York he was going over the pitching match-ups and it took me a second to realize he was doing the pitching match-up from the night before although they probably pre-record it so maybe somebody just used the the wrong tape.

But still… it was very odd.

Ebenezer Snerdberg

August 24th, 2009
5:29 pm

Yo,DHD. Agree I think. I go back that far too. As long as I don’t have to listen to ‘Milo The Mouth’,a legend in his own mind,I can even put up with Boob! None of ‘em give umps,time,attendance anymore like Skip and Pete did. Boob rambles on too. What ticks me off most is his babling about something and dosen’t give double switches etc. Joe and Don wouldn’t be that great I don’t think as they’re both color types!

jack

August 24th, 2009
5:32 pm

i love don sutton, i wish they would put him with joe and get rid of boog alltogether

Shamus Thacker

August 24th, 2009
5:32 pm

Where’s Roman Gal? She must be monitoring (stalking) Rainman Spangler-Flusterbargerburgerburg…

benchwarmer

August 24th, 2009
5:38 pm

My turn is right about Jordan. I’ve heard/seen him on other broadcasts and his pleasant personality shines through. But on the Braves pre game he is just not himself. Don Sutton is one of my favorites. In the genre of veteran ballplayers with good stories and insights he ranks pretty high. I’ll always rank Ol Diz and Pee Wee at the top and McCarver and Morgan at the bottom. Joe Namath is in the basement and wants to kiss you.

Walter

August 24th, 2009
5:50 pm

I enjoy hearing Don very much. I listen to every game on my computer link with MLB. He has great credibility and always makes a point of saying that something is his opinion. Some announcers would have you to think that their comments should be carved in stone. He has always been someone I thought I would enjoy riding down a country road with and talk about being a Southern male over forty.

glove51

August 24th, 2009
5:52 pm

I have always enjoyed Don Sutton’s style, his voice and the knowledge he brings to the broadcasts immensely.

I have always thought that both Morgan and McCarver bring great insight to the broadcasts, but their egos get in the way all too often.

Mitchell

August 24th, 2009
5:54 pm

I’ll give Don and Joe this, they have very natural, unaffected voices. It’s very rare these days to hear people who don’t rely on catch phrases or feel they have to alter their speaking voices when describing something dramatic.

Jim Powell is okay but he definitely has a very generic “baseball announcer” voice. Chip Caray goes a little overboard sometimes and Jon Sciambi, I hate to say, just doesn’t do a very good job.

His voice just doesn’t sound very genuine or distinguishable to me. I don’t excited when listening to him. He’s kind of a downer and his “ballgame!” thing, I really don’t like. It cheapens the moment to me.

Don and Joe and Skip and Pete as well all had and have very relaxed, conversational tones. I guess Skip at some point came to be labeled as a homer but I never thought that. They were always respectful of the other teams and yet completely honest and direct. They don’t overplay the moment overplay and I miss that.

Ernie Johnson Sr. was my favorite though. I’d have to put him at number 1. Great voice.

BravesFAN885

August 24th, 2009
6:07 pm

I have really enjoyed having Don back, and really enjoy Jim Powell, as well.

Chop Chop

August 24th, 2009
6:09 pm

Jim Powell and Boog both have the infamous “vomit” voice. You know, that annoying announcer’s voice that most of us can’t stand. Nevertheless, they both have personality. That’s pretty good. We could be a lot worse off after being spoiled by Skip and Pete for so long.

jerry

August 24th, 2009
6:14 pm

I give could give a f–k less.

Braves Paisan

August 24th, 2009
6:22 pm

Pitchers and catchers make the best analysts. I agree that Don isn’t the greatest play-by-play guy, but hearing him dissect pitch selection, movement, and location is always a pleasure because you know it comes from a true Master.

Roachy

August 24th, 2009
6:23 pm

I’ve always liked Sutton personally. However, since the Braves are no longer on TBS, and I don’t listen to Braves games on the radio, I am not the person to be commenting on the return of Don Sutton..

Doc Holiday

August 24th, 2009
6:26 pm

Did you guys read that stuff about braves chances to win the division and the WC race? kiind of interesting.

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