The Wall Street Journal conducted an interesting study to determine the chattiest television play-by-play annnouncer in baseball. They monitored the first scoreless inning of every team’s home broadcast last Friday and counted how many words were said per minute by the lead announcer.
Our own Dave Niehaus checked in at No. 10 out of 30 announcers at 84.14 words a minute. The Mariners played the Royals last Friday, with Felix Hernandez facing Brian Bannister.
Topping the list was the Dodger legend, Vin Scully, at 143.51 WPM…but that comes with a serious asterisk. Scully, still going strong at age 81, is the only broadcaster in either league who works solo, without a color man. It stands to reason he’d utter more words than anyone else.
The chattiest announcer with a partner to share time turned out to be the Cardinals’ Dan McLaughlin at 109.92 words per minute. Others over 100 WPM were the Nationals’ Bob Carpenter (101.93), the Reds’ George Grande (102.06) and the Diamondbacks’ Daron Sutton (100.36).
The most laconic broadcaster was the Giants’ Duane Kuiper (55.44). It runs in the family. His brother, Glen Kuiper of the A’s, came in 27th at 65.00 WPM.
(Seattle Times photo by Dean Rutz)