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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Camerawork: D( Getty Images / October 2, 2012 )
You never see this kind of shot (pictured) in a MASN telecast. The cameras seem as if they are limited to a few angles that are repeated over and over: In from centerfield, toward the third base dugout and toward the first base dugout. And almost never, is any imagination shown in shots between innings or when the action on the field stops.