1:44 pm August 24, 2009, by Carroll Rogers
August 24th, 20096:27 pm
I guess because of my DirecTV connection I haven’t been “subjected” to Don that much or something. I just remember in the past, I wanted to scream at him to wuit telling stories about HIS past and ANNOUNCE the game. Like I said…..can’t say that now because I haven’t heard him that much since he came back.
August 24th, 20096:28 pm
August 24th, 20096:34 pm
Frenchy’s out with an injured thumb.
Wayne in Utah
August 24th, 20096:36 pm
I like most of the broadcasters out there, unless they get a bit too full of themselves. (Joe Morgan)
Heck, I even like Lemmer! But Don Sutton is one of my favrorites. Even keel, and knowledgeable. All of them screw up on ocassion, but the good ones just keep on plugging.
The game is the draw anyway!
August 24th, 20096:37 pm
Shamus…….something to do with the unassisted triple play last night?
August 24th, 20096:39 pm
Wayne…..glad to know we agree about Joe Morgan. Besides his bias against the Braves, get real tired of hearing him talk about himself…..AND repeating himself at least three times about anything he DOES say.
"Chef" Tim Dix
August 24th, 20096:42 pm
I like Don. I really like the fact that he never toots his own horn unless pushed into a corner. And whether you like or don’t like his radio work, dude was STUD pitcher, thinking man style.
August 24th, 20096:43 pm
Wow, Lee´s ERA in the NL is 0.68
How are you?
August 24th, 20096:48 pm
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August 24th, 20096:49 pm
Hey, y’all…….do you think we’re giving Carroll what she needs for her Tuesday article?
Atlanta born and bred
if i hear him say, ‘back when i played…’, i swear i will throw my shoe at the screen…
August 24th, 20096:50 pm
I would welcome Sutton back to the TV booth. I find the team of Joe Simpson and (whatever his name is)boring and dull. I miss the humor of Skip and Pete.
August 24th, 20096:51 pm
Atlanta B&B…….thanks!!!!! That’s what I was talking about with both him AND Joe Morgan!
August 24th, 20096:52 pm
I think we ALL miss Skip and Pete.
August 24th, 20096:54 pm
Doing great. How about yourself? Not much time for blogging lately, but still listening to as much of the games as I can.
I had a revelation. Prado and Kawakami in the off season for Ben Zobrist??? Whaddya think?
August 24th, 20096:55 pm
Did you guys know that Colorado is without the services of:
Aaron Cook——————15 DL 22/08—————–shoulder
Alan Embree——————out for season———————– fracture tibia
Jeff Francis—————– out for season———————-shoulder
Tulowitsky—————-day to day——————stomach flu
some others guy im not sure about their importance for the team.
August 24th, 20096:56 pm
not much…………..dont know who might that be……….looks like you are more into baseball than myself.
August 24th, 20096:59 pm
listened to a game he did on mlb audio half an hour later i turned to game day to find the score horible!!!!
Wayne……oh……NOT Prado (and I don’t even know who Zobrist IS) but…..Prado has been a shining star for us when he’s played.
August 24th, 20097:00 pm
They are showing G-Braves game on MLBN right now.
August 24th, 20097:06 pm
BravesFanChris24…….can you give me that link? Went to MLBN,com and got an ad to sell that link???????
August 24th, 20097:09 pm
It was on TV not a site.
It’s over now, they are showing something else.
August 24th, 20097:10 pm
BravesFanChris24……OK…..thanks anyway. I’m at the office…..no TV connection.
August 24th, 20097:12 pm
Yes Carroll, I am really glad to have Don back in the booth. Since I live in Florida and watch the games on MLB Extra Innings, many times the feed is the other team’s telecast. On those occasions, I turn on the radio and listen to Don and Jim. Don is a familiar voice and one I like to hear. Jim is growing on me and I think I will come to really like him as well.
August 24th, 20097:21 pm
No problem JP.
I got off from work a few hours ago ~_~
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August 24th, 20097:27 pm
I think that baseball announcers have lost the ability to do radio. It used to be that every subtle aspect of the game was announced so you knew what was going on. I swear, it seems like baseball games have been dumbed down into talk shows. Notice how the radio guys will go on and on with these stories that often times have nothing to do with baseball, and they will go to and fro about the science of the game rather than simply telling you what the heck is going on? I mean, you hear a bit about the pitcher, and that was a strike, or the batter fouled off the pitch, but what about telling us exact where the outfielders are? Where are they positioned? I want to hear about where the runners foot hit the bag and where the swipe from the SS was made that threw him out. I want to hear where the key players are positioned when a play is going to be made at the plate and so on. I want to hear about the emotions that the pitcher is wearing on his face, the sweat dripping off his brow, him pounding the ball into his glove, etc. I realize that baseball has a lot of idle time but there does not seem to be any emphasis on the specifics. Telling us that the guy hit the ball to RF and the runner got thrown at second with a strong throw from the right fielder doesn’t tell us anything.
A perfect example is the difference between basketball and baseball. There is so much going on in a basketball game that there is rarely a chance to talk about nonsense. The announcer has to be on his/her toes to make the game interesting. You have to know where the players are because the game is as much about where the players are who don’t have the ball as the player who has the ball.
I can’t complain too much since I believe a lot of radio guys do a decent job but man, color guys should stick to doing color period, and play-by-play guys really should do most of the talking. If your color guy can’t shut up, there is a problem. Most of the time I would rather just WATCH the game myself rather than listen to all the nonsense. Is this baseball or The View???
Don Sutton? Eh, he’s okay, but as others have said, he needs to stick to doing color only. My biggest beef is about the whole format of radio.
NO MORE BOBBY
August 24th, 20097:28 pm
Don Sutton is great to have back not because he reminds me of the 90’s (let that go people), but because he is great at calling games. He knows when to talk baseball, throw in some humor without it being too much (Boog), and call a game as if you were there.
August 24th, 20097:29 pm
Sutton was the worst among the old school announcers. That’s why they let him go call the Nationals games but brought him back only when the other old guys left… And “TNbravesfan” you think Sutton is funny? He has the most awkward sense of humor ever.
August 24th, 20097:30 pm
Michael Jackson’s death has been ruled a homeycide…
August 24th, 20097:36 pm
sutton is ok but PLEASE dont tell me he is in the hall of fame. I have him say it one or two million times
Wayne in Utah — Zobrist is just the kind if young slugger the braves could use. However, I think Prado and KK may be too much. If I were the Rays I’d take that deal. Prado is a young stud too. A more balanced deal I think would be Johnson and KK though I doubt the Rays would go for it, partially because of the salary imbalance.
August 24th, 20097:37 pm
One of the great things about Don Sutton painting the play by play is Like Skip and Pete and even Ernie Johnson before him Don is Folksy and along with Jim who has the Bob Uecker style that Mr.powell picked up in Milwaukee.Don is Don although toned down from when he used to be paired with the late Skip Caray who should be in the baseball broadcasters wing of the hall of fame in Cooperstown Don is what baseball should be an artist with an easel who can paint the perfect picture for everyone listening and lets face it Baseball is a game that was made for radio.Don with his Alabama roots knows the south and relates to all the southeast listeners on the Braves radio network.Despite health problems that we know would slow a lot of Broadcasters to a totriose pace Don is the excitment that Braves fans have known to expect over the years,Although unlike Larry munson who would become part of the team in WE Don sutton describes the game and even makes Jim Powell better with each broadcast,Thank you Don for returning to Atlanta from a station that has carried Braves baseball since 1974 WSTP has given Baseball,Warner Fuselle,Bob Rathbun and MartyBrennaman over the yearsand we are glad to be part of the national sportscasters and sportswriters here in Salisbury where Don like Skip,Pete,and Joe have all been previous Georgia Sportscasters of the year winners and the Braves will always be a winner for bringing back the legendary Hall of fame player who one day will be a Hall of fame voice as well,Thanks Don…Mike
August 24th, 20097:43 pm
c horton, hate to tell you this, but Don Sutton, yep, Don Sutton, is in the HOF…
Sorry, had to do that cause of some kinda (as yet undetermined) disorder…
August 24th, 20097:51 pm
I used to love to watch games having Pete and Don. Joe always annoyed me- he lacks the knowledge and game vision of Don. His recent duo partner Boog is just terrible. When I am watching a game I want to hear baseball talk not pop culture discussion about cartoons, commercials and other tv shows. It is so annoying I stopped listening to games I watch on tv. Also, I have MLB on demand(I live in NY)so I watch Braves games on the oponents station whenever possible.
What’s wrong with having real intelligent baseball people in the booth like Don Sutton or some of the guys that broadcast Diamondbacks or Rockies games.
If the Braves are serious about getting their fans back, playing well is one thing but having their broadcast sound like real baseball tv broadcast is helpful too.
August 24th, 20098:00 pm
Don Sutton – I love the man, knowledgable, suffrable, quick to add value to a game’s commentary and he is just nice to listen to…
August 24th, 20098:06 pm
chemdawg – He has the most awkward sense of humor ever.
And that is a bad thing why?
August 24th, 20098:09 pm
You know, I’m glad Don came back to the Braves. It has helped having him back. I have to say when my family and I attended our first Braves’ game in some years back on August 15th, it was sad looking towards the press boxes and not seeing either Skip or Pete. I knew they were no longer there, but just the impact of them not being there any longer kind of sunk in. I’m sure, though, they would be just as excited about the Braves’ resurgence this season as the rest of us. MLB Network aired an episode of “Baseball Seasons” from 1995 “Baseball’s Back” over the weekend. It was nice hearing some sound bytes again they played of Skip from the Braves’ World Championship season.
Anyway, Don’s return to the Braves and rejoining Joe (although they’re rarely broadcast partners), kind of keeps it “familiar” in some ways.
August 24th, 20098:14 pm
Rockies might lose some games against LAD while we play with SD, so we might close the gap.
August 24th, 20098:15 pm
It is great to have Don back. Too bad he is not on the television crew. He has so much knowledge about the game and is a wonderful announcer.
August 24th, 20098:21 pm
Oh yeah! Glad he’s back!!
Very informative and knows the game – especially the pitching.
Loved it when he and Skip were together – good times!
August 24th, 20098:34 pm
All the A holes talk too much. Shut your fat kinky mouths so we can hear the game. Sutton looks like a dang freak.
August 24th, 20098:41 pm
if only i had a telephone. lol
tin can and string no good here i see
August 24th, 20098:44 pm
The Braves got it right this time. Don Sutton allows some of the nostalgia of baseball to return, similar to hearing the voice of Vin Scully or Skip Carey. Don is not the best play by play guy, but he makes you feel right at home listening to the game. I am very impressed with the combination of him and Powell. Powell is better at play by play and Don is able to fill the void of baseball’s past. I would truly love to hear Simpson and Sutton call a game again.
Enjoy Don’s analysis. He’s able to talk strategy without preaching to the listeners the way the self-absorbed Joe Morgan does. I’d love to hear Don paired with an old school (not one of the new wave of sanitized ESPN-type) play by play guys. Would give anything to hear Skip & Don again, but since that’s not in the cards, how about Wes Durham/Don Sutton?
August 24th, 20098:45 pm
I miss Don Sutton–as a Washington resident and Nats (and Braves) fan. The highlight of the Nats’ brief tenure in Washington was opening night last year (versus the Braves) when Don, dressed in a tux, was the MC of the festivities. He is a classy guy who raises the civility quotient wherever he goes. (And to compound matters, he was replaced by Rob Dibble, exactly his opposite in the class department…)
August 24th, 20098:48 pm
Suttons the man!!!! I even like his partner, I forget his name. But i would like to have Don Sutton take Chip Carreys Peachtree job!
August 24th, 20098:58 pm
Never cared much for Mr. SUTTON. Always enjoyed the strained relations between DON and SKIP however. Some of their exchanged barbs on TBS were priceless. Each gave as good as he got. SUTTON has matured somewhat as an announcer, but he has always been a bit too verbose for my taste.
August 24th, 20099:00 pm
Yes, I’m very happy to have Don Sutton back in the booth. He should had never been kicked out in the first place!
Shut your fat kinky mouths so we can hear the game.
Yes, Sutton’s the ONLY announcer who talks during games. Yes sir. When I listen to games on the radio, I don’t want to hear some fancy announcer blabbing it up. Just let me listen to the game.
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I don’t like Don Sutton’s PBP. When I’m listening to the game on the radio, I need to know the score and the details, and not “what it was like when I was a pitcher.” As the previous poster described so well, the radio announcer’s job is to provide the detail and nuance that the listener cannot see. Paint the word picture for us, Don.
I think Joe Simpson is awesome and I really like Boog. His sense of humor is priceless, and he and Joe make a good team together.
I can’t stand Chip Caray. He tries too hard, and he must have a book of cliches near his microphone because he uses at least one every half inning.
I was pleasantly surprised by Ron Gant last week during one of the Peachtree games. He had a soothing voice and did not drone on and on, He let us watch the game. While radio announcers often forget to paint us a word picture, TV announcers forget they don’t HAVE to. Announcers do not have to talk every second. Skip knew this and so did Pete.
August 24th, 20099:12 pm
Giants winning ……………YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!
August 24th, 20099:28 pm
COL getting shut down by Zito
August 24th, 20099:33 pm
I have stopped listening to Braves games on the radio because I never know what has happened in a particular plan until Don can catch his breath and spit out his words. He’s can be up and down at times, but he tries to hard to add color to the play-by-play. If anyone reads this far down, please tell Don that his voice is very nice to listen to, and he sounds credible. But make sure you get the play in.
August 24th, 20099:38 pm
It has been wonderful, Don Sutton talks as if he is sitting in your living room and has known you all your life. He is very warm and add a lot of his experience and knowledge to the game. I enjoy him so much that I listen to the radio while I have the game with sound on the TV. I come from New York and was a big fan of Mel Allen and then Phil Rizzuto and I can actually say that I enjoy Don Sutton as much if not better than the great Mel Allen. I thank the Braves for bringing him back . I do miss Pete but I am sure glad we have Don.
August 24th, 20099:41 pm
Growing up in Iowa, Skip, Pete, Don & Ernie Johnson were the true faces of Braves baseball. Dale Murphy was great, but in all honesty, most the teams were really bad and hard to watch. But those guys came into my home 162 times a year. It really was like watching a good TV sitcom. Times change and people move on, so it is always good to hold on to those icons from the “glory days”.
Losing Skip, then Pete… well, no one can ever take their place. But at least when I turn on the radio and hear Don’s voice, I can feel for a moment like things are still normal. It’s comforting. That and the fact that he describes the art of pitching better than anyone else around. Hell yes, I’m glad he’s back with the Braves!
August 24th, 20099:47 pm
Don’t like him on radio, don’t like him on TV. The man just won’t shut up and his favorite topic is himself. I loved Braves baseball on radio when Skip and Pete were in the booth—but Sutton–forget it!
August 24th, 200910:14 pm
I’m definitely glad Don Sutton is back. He’s a knowledgable former player with a warm, likeable voice, and he actually knows something about the South outside I-285. I’ll never forget when he mentioned going home to visit his folks and having a biscuit down at the gas station. “Clueless Joe” Simpson couldn’t conceive of eating breakfast at a gas station, but it happens all the time in Rural Georgia, Florida, and Alabama.
My favorite pairing was Don and Pete, but since that can’t happen, the new guy with him is pretty good–and growing on me.
August 24th, 200911:06 pm
DS can’t be bothered to put a final consonant on most words, puts the wrong emPHASis on the wrong syLLABle and wrong word stress: “Chipper and McCann around to score and that’ll put the Braves up Three to ONE”
Thinks you can see everything he sees…more than a little bit pompous…
Powell is dry but professional – always resets, paints a clear picture.
Would much rather hear Chip on radio everyday.
I think while respecting him as a player, PVW has got to hate DS’s work as a broadcaster.
August 25th, 200911:51 am
He does not say the number of outs often enough… XM radio is often off on the out count when Don is broadcasting. I do like him and prefer him over all of the others on radio.
August 25th, 20092:52 pm
Don Sutton was 1/4 of the tandem that told my bedtime stories growing up, Carroll. I love the guy. He’s as good a broadcaster as he was a pitcher, which is really saying something.
August 25th, 20094:47 pm
I missed Don a great deal when he left, and am very happpy to have him back. I especially like it when he works with Ron Gant because then so much baseball knowledge comes forth.
August 25th, 20095:17 pm
I don’t get Don Sutton doing the radio, I live in Central Arkansas. However I did like him when he did the Braves games awhile back and when he did the Nationals games. I wish he could return to the televised part of the game along with another new announcer and replace the two “gorgeous” announcers that are doing the television now. those two guys talk mostly among themselves, unless they go on tangent and talk about how good the Mets are.
August 25th, 20095:22 pm
Though I loved/enjoyed Skip, there were times (especially in extra-inning games) that it seemed that Skip didn’t want to be there. Don acts like he actually enjoys the game. He brings extensive knowledge of the game, great stories from yester-year, and even humility for a man who has his accomplishments. I hope he stays a long time and retires in the Braves’ booth. Happy to have him back; wish he could rotate in the tv booth.
August 25th, 20095:28 pm
Listening to Don Sutton is relaxing and informative. When he was terminated, he ran an ad in the AJC thanking the City for giving him 15+ years at the mike. Considering that Chip Caray had (and has) no business taking Don’s spot in the group (a little nepotism, maybe??), it showed a huge amount of class. It’s great to have him back.
For a couple of years, I didn’t care for Boog, but this year he’s grown on me. I marvel at his and Joe’s knowledge of baseball trivia (or at least their willingness to put themselves on the line for the obscure questions).
I never liked Bob Rathbun or the other guy who worked with him. Rathbun had a “golly whiz” delivery that (to me) sounded like chalk on a blackboard.
Jim Powell has a “generic” style that just doesn’t resonate with me, but I’m sure plenty of other fans like him.
My favorite was Dizzy Dean. Every Saturday my dad and I would listen to him call the Game of the Week, before the days of instant replay. I can still remember hearing him sing the Wabash Cannonball, and yelling his description of a play, “All right, you Little Leaguers, you seen it on your camry!!” He knew that baseball’s magic is that it’s just a game for kids, no matter how old they are.
One suggestion — How about picking a family with young children out of the crowd at each game and letting them sit with the broadcasters — and maybe even call a play or two?
August 25th, 20096:34 pm
Sutton’s very weak on play-by-play. Can be useful on analysis at times. Full of cliches, master of the obvious. Powell should always do play-by-play. Sutton will never be a true broadcaster. Use him for what he is, an ex-jock.
August 26th, 200912:32 am
I would love to have Don Sutton back on the team calling Braves games… always liked him as a play caller not a player as he used to beat us too many times. But Don is a good guy to be radio or TV.
August 26th, 20097:49 am
As a long time fan I am glad he is back. I like mixing some of the ole’ regeme with the new! There are so many games with TV and XM(radio) coverage that we really have a chance for a nice variety of announcers who do things differently.
August 26th, 20091:28 pm
I like Don Sutton and enjoy his familiar voice returning to the Braves booth, but I must agree that he does get more carried away with one of his many stories at times than broadcasting the actual game on the field.
I do enjoy his southern accent and being from Alabama myself, I can relate to a lot of the stories he tells about growing up in the Alabama and in the Florida panhandle.
Don is unique, but I guess that’s what I like about him.
Fast Eddie Perez
August 27th, 20092:00 pm
26.2 is right on it. I like Don but should have never brought him back, maybe its due to age or something else but if you listen it drives you nuts because he doesnt pronounce the S on words, he makes calls like Chipper Jone due up & he does say the Brave all the time, he was doing it before he left , dont know why they brought him back, & Brian Jordan is a great guy too but he is no announcer, Joe & Boog are the best.
September 4th, 200912:38 pm
since the braves won’t be getting any playoff rings this year, Bobby Cox is giving everyone on the team sn autogaphed photo of Bobby and Greg Norton kissing. What a friggin Joke
September 4th, 20091:03 pm
It is great to have Don back home. He fits like your favorite pair of shoes.
Bill (Ronnie) Ousley
June 28th, 201010:06 pm
Wow, very interesting reading about an ‘ole boy’ that I grew up with in Molino, Florida. I met Don when he and I attended Molino School in the mid 50’s. He was in the 5th grade, I was in the 7th. We both graduated from Tate High School and during our early years, Don & I spend many days fishing on the Escambia River in Molino. I’m proud that I’ve had the opportunity to know Don for all these years. Haven’t seen him since he pitched against the Texas Rangers when he was playing for Milwaukee Brewers…..
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