Friday, January 13, 2012

Drew Goodman wins Colorado Broadcaster of the Year award

It is becoming the least surprising award in Colorado. 

On Friday, the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association named Drew Goodman of Root Sports as Colorado Sportscaster of the Year. 

Goodman will most likely have to build a bigger mantle in his living room to fit the award on it. This is his ninth time winning the award in the past 10 years. 

It makes for a good time to mention something that is all-too forgotten about in the middle of the Colorado Rockies season. That is, the Rockies have the best broadcasting team in baseball.

It may not have been well known in the past, but with MLB Network and packages that allow baseball fans to watch out-of-market games from all across the country, it becomes very clear that the Rockies and Root Sports have phenomenal broadcasters.

At the top of the list is Goodman, who does play-by-play with a smooth voice, making very few mistakes and being well-versed in knowledge of the game and it's intricacies. He does a great job of talking about the game, but not talking to the fans at home as if they were in third grade and had no clue what they were watching.

Goodman announces for the Rockies, but remains fair throughout the broadcast. If a player makes a mental mistake, Goodman does not make excuses for him, he rightly criticizes the move, keeping an unbiased approach. 

Three hours per night spent with one voice can get old no matter who it is. However, Goodman keeps it fresh and interesting. By the way, there are some good accredited online colleges for reporting/broadcasting that can teach skills like those of Goodman.

With Goodman in the booth on most nights is George Frazier. The former pitcher is a very polarizing person. Fans either love him, or they can't stand him. 

Fans who don't like Frazier haven't been listening to other team's color broadcasters. Not only does Frazier know the game inside and out, he keeps it fun and is also fair. 

The best part of what Frazier brings to the table is his knowledge of the mental aspect of pitching. Not only can he break down mechanics and pinpoint exactly why a pitcher is struggling, but he can dig into the psyche of why a pitcher might be throwing that way.

During Ubaldo Jimenez's early season struggles, Frazier would constantly point out that the former ace was flying wide open, throwing with his arm instead of using his legs to drive the pitch, causing the loss in velocity. 

Beyond Goodman and Frazier, Alanna Rizzo anchors the sideline reporting duty. Typically the sideline reporter brings nothing to the table, and often serves as a time to break up the monotony of the same two voices in the booth from time-to-time.

Rizzo is different. She actually knows the game. It is very clear in her reports that she studies up on the opposing team, their players and their history. She often brings insightful facts to the table and is becomes a valuable member of the broadcast.

To go further, the pregame and post game crew brings its own personality, with the witty banter between Tom Helmer, a complete goofball who never takes his humor too far, and legendary hall of fame writer Tracy Ringolsby.

It is clear that with Helmer, if he isn't making fun of you, he probably doesn't like you. Ringolsby has become very good at throwing a few cheap shots back at him, but at all times, regardless of a Rockies win or loss, the commentary is useful and entertaining.

Overall, Rockies fans have it pretty good with the Root Sports crew. If you don't think so, invest in a cable package that includes out-of-market games and you will quickly agree.

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