Final grades for Baltimore Orioles telecasts on MASN [Pictures]
With the end of the regular season, it's time to ask what kind of job MASN, the team's cable channel, did for its TV fans this year. Was Mike Bordick a welcome addition in the broadcast booth or a minor league coach playing a major-league sportscaster? Was there enough Jim Palmer for your taste? Did the postgame team of Jim Hunter and Rick Dempsey ever say anything that wasn't super-positive? With the magical season the baseball team has enjoyed, there is a tendency to love all things Orioles right now, but I won't let that stop me from giving the MASN crew the grades it deserves. I love TV baseball. When it's done skillfully, it is one of the great joys of my adult life. At the end of a long day, it's like a perfect glass of chilled wine or a meditation session that takes me to another place. That's when it's done right. When it's wrong ...
-- David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun
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Rick Dempsey: C-( Gene Seeney Jr., Baltimore Sun Photo / October 2, 2012 )
Dempsey is a pleasant guy and a constant reminder of how great the Orioles were in the 1983 World Series. I like his energy, but there isn't much beyond that except a non-critical pro-Orioles analysis game after game -- whether positive words are warranted or not for the O's.