Tonight’s Dodger game was called by Stephen Nelson and Eric Karros, with Kirsten Watson in the dugout. Nelson is the guy who replaces Joe Davis when he gets a day off, or has other assignments for Fox. Last year that guy was Tim Neverett, who is now on the radio side.
The Dodgers have 2 main announcers and 5 color analysts on the TV side. Davis, Nelson, Karros, Hershiser, Garciaparra, Mendoza, and the D-Train. The in studio gang also includes Jerry Hairston Jr.
On the radio side, it is Charlie Steiner and Neverett as the play-by-play guys with Rick Monday, unless he has a day off as the color analyst. Personally, I would prefer Monday over Orel on the TV side, but he is ying to Steiner’s yang. And he does well with Neverett.
Spanish broadcasts feature Pepe Yñiguez, in his 27th year with the organization, Fernando, and Jose Mota who just joined the team from the Angels.
For me, and maybe it is only me, I think there are way too many fingers in the pie. Two different analysts would be plenty. Joe has Fox responsibilities as does Karros. So they could easily drop Karros from the analyst spot. Now some prefer Orel, some do not, and some despise the D-Train. I find him somewhat amusing and entertaining and I prefer him to Orel’s constant babble.
I am warming somewhat to Nelson. He is free and easy in his delivery of the game. And he also laughs at himself sometimes. He also expresses some excitement. A couple of strike calls were missed in last night’s contest and you could hear him moan.
As a TV analyst, I much prefer Nomar. He does not ramble and he gives good info without going into his career accomplishments.
I liked the broadcasts much better when it was just Vin in the booth, but he was one of a kind. As bad as he was, I liked Jerry Doggett, who like Steiner, made a ton of mistakes in pronunciation and just the players’ names.
Never was a huge Ross Porter guy, but he was around a long time. Loved it when Big D was the analyst.
So, what do you guys think? Too many options in the booth or not???????