Who is baseball’s “chattiest” broadcaster, the Wall Street Journal demands to know.
Why, Vin Scully. Why?
And is this in a good way, or a bad one? The story (linked here) makes no value judgement, which seems kind of ironic.
Writer David Biderman said he listened to the first scoreless inning of every team’s home broadcast last Friday with a hand-held counter to calculate how many words they uttered per minute.
Scully was by far the winner: 143.51. The chart the WSJ used also included this asterisk notation: “Mr. Scully is the only announcer in the Dodgers’ broadcast booth.”
Second was St. Louis’ Dan McLaughlin (109.9 words). The Angels’ Steve Physioc was fifth from the bottom (68.26) — but consider he sits next to Rex Hudler. Last was the Giants’ Duane Kuiper (55.44).
The reason for this story seems to be that many in New York and Chicago believe the Yankees’ Michael Kay or the White Sox’s Ken Harrelson never shut up. Maybe so, but all this seemed to prove is they’re both second-division wordusers.
If only they would have tried this when Rick Monday was doing an inning of play-by-play. It’d be off the charts.