12:51 pm January 18, 2011, by David O'Brien
January 19th, 20115:44 pm
Ernie jr. and Chip make me thankful for the mute button!
55 yr FAN
January 19th, 20118:00 pm
Chip Caray is the worst since Milo Hamilton, who was not a play by play announcer, but a CRITIC. And those were the days of some bad Braves teams. PLEASE replace Chip Caray as he is terrible. ANYONE would be better. Boog was sensational, as was Pete van Wieren. No one could be worse than Chip. I have been a fan for 55 yrs but last year I boycotted some of the sponsors and this year I will not even watch games done by Chip Caray. I could go on and on but I just hope I have already made my point loud and clear.
Born & Raised in Atl.
January 19th, 20118:18 pm
We lived in Atl. all of our lives, season tickets for 20+ years. Moved to Hiawassee 10 years ago to retire. Just keep EVERY game on HD tv.(regularm tv. doesn’t count!) Would prefer Smoltz to be in the mix. An ideal set up would be Smoltz, Simpson and Sutton. But All I really want is 162 games on Dish with no crap at playoff time as to whether it is on or not!
January 19th, 20119:05 pm
Turn off the sound and turn on the radio. Since the TV is on a seven second delay you get to hear Powell and Sutton and if something good happens you get two instant replays instead of one.
or, we can hope they trade Carey to Kansas City
January 19th, 20119:35 pm
Gotta get in my vote for Ernie Johnson and my anti-vote for the anti-thesis of a talented broadcaster, good ol’ Chip off the ol’ block. Not much of his dad’s skill set in broadcasting rubbed off on him except his knowledge of the Braves.
Sure do miss the TBS production on the Braves telecasts. The camera was where it needed to be a second before the action happened. Good ol’ Glen Diamond knew where and which camera needed to be broadcasting. Each game broadcast was so in sync with the action in the game.
I love to see what’s happening in the dugout. TBS showed us. They had the cameras on every player on the field for every play it seemed, and could show us anything in replay, even all the great catches and other “action” in the stands.
But, I still hate the timing of this scenario: good hit causes runs to score, usually homers. The camera follows the player around the bases, hi-fives at the plate, then just as he is getting ready to enter the dugout, they switch to the replay of the homer, then cut back to the guy after he’s gone through the dugout, to show him getting a cup of water from Lovey and spitting it back out!
Show us the love in the dugout……….then show the replay and skip the H20 expectoration!
January 19th, 20119:58 pm
Skip Carey and Ernie Johnson for 4 1/2 innings, then Pete Van Wieren and John Sterling for the other 4 1/2. Those were the days…seems it all went to hell when Sterling left and Billy Sample showed up…
So THAT’S what Peachtree TV is
January 19th, 201111:35 pm
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January 20th, 201112:16 am
I really like Joe Simpson, so glad he is apparently coming back. Not sure why everyone is saying Chip Caray is back as the article mentioned outside of Simpson nothing had been decided .. unless I missed something. Chip is tolerable, but that’s about it. There ARE worse announcers out there.
That being said, I miss Syndrome. He had a flare for making the boring stuff interesting without being over the top with nonsense. Glad he apparently got a better job, but it sure stinnk being a proving grounds instead of one of the top jobs. The good old days as America’s Team and our first runs into the playoffs were a far better time than anything going on now. The fact that so many Braves fans dveloped and nurtured in years past can no longer watch the Braves is just sickening. Taking a nationally loved franchise and turned them into a very local team is the exact OPPOSITE you want to do in sports. Time Warner and AOL can go bankrupt for all I care.
Michael, The Abbreviation
January 20th, 20111:14 am
good, i guess this means no more JJ.. that goofy mulignan drove me crazy!
get rid of carey too please!
January 20th, 20111:37 am
Thanks denizens for all of the TBS memories. IMO, Ernie, Sr. and Skip were the best duo at announcing Braves games. Skip is one of the best ever, but Chip has an announcing job only because his last name is Caray. Joe Simpson is a very good analyst. Knows a lot about the game and is great at getting it across to the fans. Some analysts [McCarver], go way too far in trying to explain things.
I have really been surprised at how good Glavine has been in the booth. Another guy that is excellent at explaining things to the fans. He is way better than Smoltz. Smoltzie is just way too goofy, even though I actually like some [a few] of his lame jokes.
As far as media types on the newspaper side, there just ain’t no better than DOB. This comes from a guy that has read sports pages for about 55 years now. He researches well, writes even better, gives us lots of stats and stuff to make his columns clear and concise. Keeps up with the Braves by going to whichever Brave [usually Chipper or Heap] gives the best quotes. I’m glad Atlanta was able to pry him away from Miami. Carroll is an up and comer, but I do miss DOB when he takes his well deserved days off. If he ever decides he may want to go elsewhere, I’ll kick in to the kitty to keep him around.
January 20th, 20117:01 am
Not mentioned by anyone are the 75 or so people who were doing a great job have been unceremoniously dumped. There are only 18 opportunities for them to be hired at Fox. I agree with others that Peachtree had a superior product to Fox; the Braves’ broadcasts made money. Yet these people are rewarded with a trip to the unemployment line in the worst ever economy. More classless behavior surrounding the Braves at Turner. Class should never be mentioned in the same breath as Turner.
January 20th, 20119:07 am
How about; no announcer; just watch the game? We can then focus on baseball which is the real reason for tuning in and not be required to listen to all the commentary.
January 20th, 20119:38 am
I have been a Braves fan since 1958. I lived for years with a meagher 2 or 3 games per year on the NBC game of the week. I saw more Braves players on home run derby. I stood on my front porch one day in 1984 and watched the cable company digging ditches in my neighborhood. Finally, TBS. It was the happiest day of my life.
Anybody but Chip
January 20th, 20111:14 pm
There was a reason TBS fired Chip!
January 20th, 20111:46 pm
Hey broadcasters…listen to one long-term Braves fan…get rid of Chip Caray!
January 20th, 20112:25 pm
CHOPPER – Your choices of Simpson, Sutton and Smoltz would keep me watching TV. I, too, am a “turn down TV guy” and listen to radio
when Chip goes off on some prepared remarks at the start of the games.
January 20th, 20113:10 pm
Before I moved to Atlanta, I was a Braves’ fan and TBS made it easy to follow the team. TBS’ recent coverage of the Braves has been a joke, with their emphasis on MLB games vs. Braves’ games. I sure do miss Skip, Ernie, and Pete and the “glory days” of Braves baseball on TV.
January 20th, 20113:23 pm
Chip Carey’s name sounds like his dad’s, and after that, all similarity ends. Skip Carey was a great announcer. Chip Carey is Skip Carey’s son, but not even close to his dad (or grandfather) in his ability to announce a game.
January 20th, 20113:53 pm
Chip is simply not distinguishible unlike his dad and granddad. Not being sympatheric but he is really a victim of his era when announcers work on voice inflection and premeditated catch phrases. That said, he does annoy me but likely because I like almost everyone else.
Nothing was off the charts about Boog, but he was solid at everything….he was obviously ready for the next step in his career as he is still relatively young. I do enjoy listening to him every now and then on ESPN college hoops.
Mark my words, Smoltz will follow Boog down the road. I could see him anchoring the analyist’s position on the #1 FOX or ESPN team within a few years. His insight is great especially given that he played with and against many of the current players. I will enjoy listening to him in Atlanta before he moves on.
January 20th, 20116:01 pm
Can’t wait to hear what kind of cliche the Great Joe Simpson comes up with in 2011
January 20th, 20116:15 pm
TBS dropped the Braves and became the silly sitcom network. Stupid is as stupid does. I never watch TBS any more. No great old movies, no Braves games, even no Hawks games like in the old days. TBS sucks.
January 20th, 201111:21 pm
Hope Chip announces every game. He’s the best!!
January 20th, 201111:25 pm
In the Harry Caray days I watched “silent Baseball”. I loved Skip though, especially on his call in show when he was asked to explain the “infield fly rule”. Then his real personality came thru!!!
January 20th, 201111:46 pm
At least with fox sports taking over from PTV I don’t have to mute my tv whenever jj starts his ‘interviews’ [don't know what else to call it] I hated braves games on PTV because I knew he would be there and I would have to press mute.
January 21st, 20119:57 am
Smoltzy has gotta come back!
January 21st, 201112:31 pm
i live in louisiana and people complain about having to hear chip caray feel blessed that you can even see braves games people in southeast louisiana get screwed out of braves baseball and are forced to watch the stupid houston astros what a sad sad world mlb makes us live in!
January 21st, 201112:34 pm
major league baseball says you are our slaves bow down and pay outrageous prices or watch merely highlights on sportscenter what a corrupt world we live in!
January 21st, 201112:36 pm
major league baseball says you are our slaves bow down and pay outrageous prices or watch merely highlights on sportscenter what a corrupt world we live in! — tbone
Then what do the NFL, NBA and NHL say? All of those leagues have higher ticket prices than baseball.
January 21st, 20111:50 pm
I been watching Braves baseball since the early 1960’s. I read lots of nice comments about Joe Simpson. He maybe a nice guy but I think when broadcasting Braves baseball..I think he loves himself. Yes loves himself. He tries to take the leadership when announcing color comments instead of the lead broadcaster. When the Braves start their regular season and Simpson is the color man..please take notice. This is my opinion.
January 21st, 20113:07 pm
This is great news for those of us who don’t live in the southeast. Although I get the “extra innings” package we got very few games that Peachtree TV covered. This means a lot now that most of the games will have Braves announcers except for some of the Braves road games (we get their feed then). Keep Joe Simpson, he’s the best. Chip is okay. I though Ernie, Jr was boring. Whatever the powers to be decide, 2011 will be a great year for Braves TV.
January 22nd, 20111:03 am
I’m hoping I will still get the Braves in Charlotte,NC. Last season TimeWarner had “Braves TV” which was basically just the Peachtree feed without commercials. Hope we get the same thing this year because Sports South and Fox generally showed the Reds.
January 22nd, 20117:36 am
At least all of the Georgia transplants in NC, without Directv, will be getting the games now…Bring back Boog!!! The last time I saw him on tv he was doing the broadcast for some random college basketball game that had maybe 20 people in the stands.
john from Smyrna
January 22nd, 201112:55 pm
Bring back Milo.
January 22nd, 20111:29 pm
I agree with Matt the Brave about Joe. He always sounds like he should be announcing for the opponent. I like Jim Powell and Don Sutton, as well as John S and Tom G. I can tolerate Chip, unfortunately when Joe is with him he tends to side with whatever Joe is saying. Don’t understand why FSS and SS are so in love with Joe. He’s just not that good.
January 22nd, 20115:15 pm
Pretty soon it will all be a new crew, new team, new everything………..Where did the Braves, Skip & Ted go????
Thanks for the memories…………..
January 22nd, 201110:05 pm
When Joe does the game with anybody other than Chip, he sounds very upbeat and the broadcast has a very different feel to it. When he has to work with Chip, he sounds more monotone…like I hate working with this idiot so I’m just gonna get thru this attitude.
January 22nd, 201111:51 pm
I am a long time Braves fan, however, they have to get Joe Simpson off the telecast. I love the Braves and cheer for them always, but , I have never heard a homer like Joe. You have to call the game somewhat on a fair basis. I thought the Alabama broadcaster was bias, Joe takes it to another level. The game is not enjoyable, with Joe making excuses, or covering up when the Braves make a mistake. If you listen to Joe, if the other team wins a game they were lucky or the umpires missed a call. Have Braves pitchers ever thrown a ball in Joe’s eyes? We need a change.
January 23rd, 20118:52 am
If you miss Boog, he’s doing Big-12 college basketball for ESPN right now.
I welcome this news since I do get PTV on my satellite (live outside the perimeter) but none of the games are in high definition. I also subscribe to the MLB package so I get most of the games in the league. As a longtime Mets hater, it pains me to say that I like Gary Cohen (Mets broadcaster) a lot, and I probably prefer the Diamondbacks duo of Sutton & Grace over most other announcing “teams”. It’s too bad the team they cover is so bad!! On the other hand, the Braves have much better announcers than some teams. Ever hear the Yankees radio announcers? Whoa, not good!!
January 23rd, 20119:31 am
Anyone with anything bad to say about a Caray should leave the state. Anyone with anything bad to say about Skip should leave the planet.
January 23rd, 201110:13 am
Nice article- it does bring back memories of the Braves on TBS in the 70’s. Over the last 30 years I’ve traveled to every state, either on business or with my family on vacations, and have been amazed at how many people in out of the way places across the country – including Hawaii & Alaska – were Braves fans over the years. Ted Turner created so many Braves fans – I only wish the team were still his. I’d give anything to hear Skip & Pete one more time, and I’d like to see Braves “family” members continue to broadcast games. Joe – Ernie & Smoltzie would be great. If Chip isn’t part of the mix, I hope he can land a spot with the Cubbies, so that he finish his career in his grandfather’s domain.
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Braves Fan Since 1966
January 23rd, 20114:31 pm
I like Chip and Joe and hope that continue.
Old Braves Fan
January 24th, 20117:11 am
To the Skip Cary Hater. I didn’t know they let mental patients use computers at the ward. And if your not there, you should be.
January 24th, 201112:00 pm
I hate ernie johnson, he is terrible doing baseball. He makes factually incorrect statements half the game. I really don’t think he knows baseball that well.
January 24th, 201112:02 pm
I disagree Tony. Andy why do you say you hate Ernie Johnson. You don’t know him.
January 24th, 201112:40 pm
It’s sad to see what happened to Braves broadcasts. I became a Braves fan when I lived in CT in 1983. Ever since, good or bad, I followed them, and have been a loyal fan.
Although the Braves were mainly an awful team in the 1980s, Pete, John Sterling for a while,. The late great Skip Caray, and Ernie Johnson Sr, kept Braves games interesting. Later on, when Don Sutton and Joe Simpson joined the team, I still watched.
Three years ago, I had to start purchasing the “Extra innings package” to see my Braves, and will be doing so again in 2011. A lot of people who used to razz me about being a Braves fan in the mid to late 80s when they were terrible said “Ted keeps them on TBS 150 nights a year because it’;s cheap programming”.
Ted Turner might have made some unwise moves as Braves owner: Bruce “$40 million man” Sutter comes to mind.. but.. he has to be given credit for exposing the Braves to a national audience. Remember the night in 1992 the broadcasters got the letter “Hello from Tomahawk, Wisconsin” If the Braves had not been a nationally televised team, the Tomahawk Chop that was their signature in the 1990s, may never have come about.
I, for one, am sorry to see what happened to the Braves, and that they are not offered on free cable anymore. It’s a sorry reminder of the greed and complete capitalistic mentality nowadays.
January 24th, 20116:31 pm
Really don’t see why Chip has such a bad rep. At least he is more exciting than Ernie jr.
What I would really like is some sort of mix between these guys: Joe Simpson/Chip Caray/Don Sutton/John Smoltz/Tom Glavine/And another play by play guy not named Ernie.
The only play by play guy on that list is Chip. Josh Lewin would be awesome but who knows if he is interested.
January 26th, 20113:51 pm
can somebody help!! I live in FL panhandle and have very elderly parents who want to be able to watch the Braves on TV. I’m trying to help them but don’t know whether they should get cable or dish. Are SportsSouth or FoxSportsSouth the networks I need or do I need to sign them up for MLB exra innings,etc? Thanks
January 27th, 20113:00 pm
I’m looking forward to hearing Sutton always emphasize the higher score, even if it’s not the one that just changed — e.g., 5-2 game, trailing team scores a run, and he says, “And now its FIIIVE to three.” Once you realize he always does it, you can’t stop noticing it. Can’t … stop …
Susan G. L. Hoss
August 5th, 20123:55 pm
Tom Glavin has such an annoying voice and he comes across as a (talkative) bore, please don’t use him often in the booth with Chip and Joe. We did enjoy Don Sutton.
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