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How Unbearable Are The Rockies' TV Broadcasters?

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According to Dusty Saunders of the Denver Post, "Watching the Rockies on FSN Rocky Mountain is like being at a baseball clinic." Saunders goes on to write:

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Simply put: There's too much chatter and an overload of information, particularly from Rockies analysts George Frazier and Jeff Huson.

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Rockies fans are all too aware of George Frazier's pointless tangents, discussions on hot dog toppings, and a host of other head-scratching sayings. Saunders even mentions that most of his e-mail he receives on the broadcasters is about this and believes that Frazier has a problem delivering relevant information. If after 13 years Frazier still hasn't learned how to provide information relevant to the game, it may be time to find a replacement.

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But Saunders biggest gripe is more about all the "bells and whistles" that are invading the TV screen these days. Do we want to know the velocity of every pitch? My first question for Saunders is, "How do a couple of numbers and a "mph" distract you're viewing? The announcers don't announce the velocity of every pitch and when it is displayed on the screen it isn't written in big numbers and letters over the screen (but if you're Mark Grace and write on the screen that's hilarious).

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And adding the virtual strike zone helps fans understand what they are seeing on every pitch. That's not overuse; it's adding another dimension on how to track umpires (read: Rockies fans know which umpires they like and dislike).

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Change the announcers and see how they are with all this new technology when discussing the game. The results will be far different if the guys know how to use it properly.

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