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Arizona Diamondbacks 20th Anniversary Team: Play-by-play

Who should be up in the commentary booth for our hypothetical team?

San Diego Padres vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Sarah Sachs/Arizona Diamondbacks/Getty Images

Thinking about it, I probably spend more time in the company of the Diamondbacks’ commentary teams, over the course of a year, than anyone else outside Mrs. SnakePit and the people I work with. From April through the end of September (and hopefully on into October), there is typically three or more hours per day when they’re chatting away in the corner of the room. I may or may not be paying particular attention to them, but they’re present, and I’d certainly miss them if they were gone.

Over the course of the past twenty years, the Diamondbacks have basically had three English-language television play-by-play announcers, and one on radio [for the purposes of this article, we certainly acknowledge, but will not consider in detail, the Spanish-language staff. I suspect 90% or more of readers here would not be able to offer any informed opinion on their merits]. They are, in alphabetical order:

  • Steve Berthiaume, Television Play-by-Play (2013–present)
  • Thom Brennaman, Television Play-by-Play (1998–2006)
  • Greg Schulte, Radio and Television Play-by-Play (1998–present)
  • Daron Sutton, Television Play-by-Play (2006–2012)

It’s an interesting question: what do you want from a play-by-play guy? The answer is obvious: describe the game. Yet that doesn’t put over the nuances which separate the good from the bad, and nor take into account the difference between radio and television: on the latter, viewers can see what’s going on, so typically need less specific explanation. Indeed, they’re such different skill sets, it’s almost worth splitting this category into two, radio and TV. Except, the list of nominees in the former category would be rather short, Schulte having been the resident radio PBP guy since the franchise started, with occasional fill-ins from Jeff Munn, Mike Ferrin, etc.

So, I’m curious to hear opinions on the qualities that make for a great PBP announcer, and how the various men who’ve had the role for Arizona stack up in this category. Poll below for your pick, and a comments section in which you can explain and expound on the choice, as necessary.


Who should be the PBP announcer for the 20th anniversary Diamondbacks’ team?

This poll is closed

  • 14%
    Steve Berthiaume
    (33 votes)
  • 32%
    Thom Brennaman
    (74 votes)
  • 36%
    Greg Schulte
    (83 votes)
  • 17%
    Daron Sutton
    (40 votes)
230 votes total Vote Now