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I come to bury Hunter, not praise him.  He was always awful.  A well-informed baseball fan is not interested in hearing from a guy who sounds like a Top-40 DJ or a car salesman trying put me in a car.  HIs praise of utility infielders alone was vomit-inducing.  One of Angelos's original sins was driving away Jon Miller - a radio superstar - and replacing him with..........Hunter.    The minor league correspondent of this website - i believe it was Mr. Hoffman? - during the period around 1998-1999 -used to drive between Bowie, Frederick, maybe Delmarva and Aberdeen during those summer baseball seasons.  He described his pain at having to listen to the fool Hunter instead of  Miller.  I know how he felt.  You never got the feeling from Miller that your intelligence was being insulted the way Hunter operated.   Good riddance.

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For what it’s worth, here’s a 6-1/2 minute highlight reel of Melanie Newman doing various play-by-play and sideline assignments (first minute or so is all male voices talking about her, but it eventually turns to her work).     My assessment: voice is pleasant enough, delivery seems very professional, and seems to know her stuff.   I hope she does get to do some PBP this year so I can form a more detailed opinion.   

https://www.melanielynnen.com

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3 minutes ago, Dreadnought said:

The minor league correspondent of this website - i believe it was Mr. Hoffman? - during the period around 1998-1999 -used to drive between Bowie, Frederick, maybe Delmarva and Aberdeen during those summer baseball seasons.  He described his pain at having to listen to the fool Hunter instead of  Miller.  

Wow, you are a longtime member of this site, aren’t you?    I’d completely forgotten about Mr. Hoffman.   Wasn’t he a retired law enforcement officer or something?   I’ve forgotten his first name, so maybe @Tony-OH, @weamsor @PaulFolkcan refresh our memories.     He loved to report on the guys who weren’t really prospects but baseball rats.    Good times!

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11 minutes ago, Dreadnought said:

I come to bury Hunter, not praise him.  He was always awful.  A well-informed baseball fan is not interested in hearing from a guy who sounds like a Top-40 DJ or a car salesman trying put me in a car.  HIs praise of utility infielders alone was vomit-inducing.  One of Angelos's original sins was driving away Jon Miller - a radio superstar - and replacing him with..........Hunter.    The minor league correspondent of this website - i believe it was Mr. Hoffman? - during the period around 1998-1999 -used to drive between Bowie, Frederick, maybe Delmarva and Aberdeen during those summer baseball seasons.  He described his pain at having to listen to the fool Hunter instead of  Miller.  I know how he felt.  You never got the feeling from Miller that your intelligence was being insulted the way Hunter operated.   Good riddance.

Hard to disagree with any of it, although I thought he was alright on the radio.

If we're going back, I also couldn't stand Reghi.  

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7 minutes ago, Frobby said:

For what it’s worth, here’s a 6-1/2 minute highlight reel of Melanie Newman doing various play-by-play and sideline assignments (first minute or so is all male voices talking about her, but it eventually turns to her work).     My assessment: voice is pleasant enough, delivery seems very professional, and seems to know her stuff.   I hope she does get to do some PBP this year so I can form a more detailed opinion.   

https://www.melanielynnen.com

I’ll check this out later, but if I never hear “two game hitting streak” uttered again it’s a win for me. 

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5 minutes ago, OsFanSinceThe80s said:

I’ll check this out later, but if I never hear “two game hitting streak” uttered again it’s a win for me. 

The main thing I did like about Hunter was how excited he’d get when the O’s came through in a dramatic moment.    Yeah he’d often get too enthusiastic over plays that were unimportant, but when the plays actually were important, his enthusiasm was fun to listen to.   

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1 minute ago, Frobby said:

The main thing I did like about Hunter was how excited he’d get when the O’s came through in a dramatic moment.    Yeah he’d often get too enthusiastic over plays that were unimportant, but when the plays actually were important, his enthusiasm was fun to listen to.   

I like the enthusiasm, but I didn't like his voice when he got enthusiastic. Just kinda grated on me. Super nice guy. I really just don't enjoy his broadcasts though. I do enjoy how he paused and let everyone boo Tex that one Opening Day. Respect. 

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Just now, Frobby said:

The main thing I did like about Hunter was how excited he’d get when the O’s came through in a dramatic moment.    Yeah he’d often get too enthusiastic over plays that were unimportant, but when the plays actually were important, his enthusiasm was fun to listen to.   

Yeah, Hunter’s problem is always being dialed up to the max. So a home run and routine ground ball out didn’t sound that much different with him on the call. 

Hunter on the radio was tolerable, but him calling games on MASN made the television experience much less enjoyable. 

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10 minutes ago, Frobby said:

The main thing I did like about Hunter was how excited he’d get when the O’s came through in a dramatic moment.    Yeah he’d often get too enthusiastic over plays that were unimportant, but when the plays actually were important, his enthusiasm was fun to listen to.   

I'll never forget how worked up you'd get when Manfra would misjudge flyballs. 🤣 Pretty sure I've seen you rant on that a time or five. 

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1 minute ago, Moose Milligan said:

I'll never forget how worked up you'd get when Manfra would misjudge flyballs. 🤣 Pretty sure I've seen you rant on that a time or five. 

Man, sometimes I wanted to reach through the radio and slap that big boy. Love him though. 

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24 minutes ago, interloper said:

I like the enthusiasm, but I didn't like his voice when he got enthusiastic. Just kinda grated on me. Super nice guy. I really just don't enjoy his broadcasts though. I do enjoy how he paused and let everyone boo Tex that one Opening Day. Respect. 

Enthusiasms.

 

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20 minutes ago, Moose Milligan said:

I'll never forget how worked up you'd get when Manfra would misjudge flyballs. 🤣 Pretty sure I've seen you rant on that a time or five. 

No doubt.    Manfra was terrible at that, and at describing any play where something unusual happened.   Nice guy, but I don’t miss his PBP.    He was solid doing color and had a good rapport with Joe Angel that I enjoyed.   

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10 minutes ago, Frobby said:

No doubt.    Manfra was terrible at that, and at describing any play where something unusual happened.   Nice guy, but I don’t miss his PBP.    He was solid doing color and had a good rapport with Joe Angel that I enjoyed.   

Lol. He would tie himself up in knots trying to describe complex put-outs.

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2 hours ago, Moose Milligan said:

Hard to disagree with any of it, although I thought he was alright on the radio.

If we're going back, I also couldn't stand Reghi.  

Moose, i respect your posts a lot here, but i'm not understanding the guys saying Hunter wasn't horrible on radio, just TV.   First, this ignores the tremendous dangers of road rage.  Most people are not driving their houses when watching TV.   Second, in the radio environment you are 100 percent dependent on the person describing the game; with TV you can mute, use other devices to look at the internet, read, and do lots of other things and not be dependent on a person describing what you can see.  Additionally, although Hunter was quite the blabbermouth on TV - as is the modern style of TV guy -  the total volume of words - thus the total volume of Hunter bs - was far greater on radio than on TV.   Everyone's mileage will vary, of course.    

Let me add that I am a New England fan and grew up listening to the games starting in 1968 and never was able to watch regularly until the recent development of MLB.TV and similar platforms.  So I have spent numerous decades listening to the games almost exclusively.  

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2 hours ago, Frobby said:

For what it’s worth, here’s a 6-1/2 minute highlight reel of Melanie Newman doing various play-by-play and sideline assignments (first minute or so is all male voices talking about her, but it eventually turns to her work).     My assessment: voice is pleasant enough, delivery seems very professional, and seems to know her stuff.   I hope she does get to do some PBP this year so I can form a more detailed opinion.   

https://www.melanielynnen.com

Garceau and Thorne are doing almost all the TV games. Brown a few. Maybe she will do some radio PBP?

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