Here are your candidates for the in-game analyst’s position in our 20th anniversary commentary booth. They all filled the position for more than one season, and as before, we’re limiting it to the English-language broadcasts, simply because that’s the area 90% or more of us follow.
- Rod Allen, TV/Radio Analyst (1998–2002)
Bob Brenly, Television Analyst (1998–2000, 2013–present)
- Tom Candiotti, Radio Analyst (2006–present
- Joe Garagiola, Television Analyst (1998–2012)
- Mark Grace, Television Analyst (2004–2012)
- Steve Lyons, Television Analyst (2003–2004)
- Jim Traber, TV/Radio Analyst (2001–2003)
Brenly’s contribution to the broadcasts is also acknowledged, but he will not be eligible in this category, having already been elected to fill the 20th anniversary manager’s position. Having him in the commentary booth as well as the dugout would be... a bit weird. :) So therefore, you’re going to have to dig back into the archives to find your man.
It’s probably important to take into account the person with whom he will be paired on play-by-play. It’s very much a double act, and there have been cases where two people are both perfectly fine on their own merits, yet don’t mesh when in the booth together, and the results are jarring. So with Greg Schulte anointed as the PBP guy for our 20th anniversary team, I guess this makes the question here “Who is the best color commentator alongside Schulte,” rather than just “Who is the best color commentator.” The two need not necessarily have the same answer.
Of course, there’s no consensus as to what make a good analyst either, and the six candidates we have here all had different strengths and weaknesses. So, feel free to discuss in the comments, what you look for from a color commentator. Insights from playing days? Deep-dive sabermetric analysis? Amusing anecdotes? There’s a case to be made for them all.
Who should be the 20th anniversary color commentator?
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