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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Production qualities: C-( Getty Images / October 2, 2012 )
MASN is awful at replays. I don't know if it is a problem with technology or technicians, but you almost never see a great play or a homerun replayed until the end of the inning -- and sometimes not even then. This is one example of recurring production issues in Orioles telecasts. Barebones sets for pre-and-post game shows don't help either. Nor do those cheap-looking MASN polo shirts that the announcers sometimes wear. Let's hope MASN will spend some of the money earned from larger audiences served up to advertisers to improve the quality of the telecasts.