A SIGN OF THE (L.A.) TIMES: WHAT ARE THREE THINGS BASEBALL CAN DO TO MAKE IT MORE WATCHABLE? WE VETTED MATT VASGERSIAN
By Tom Hoffarth
It may not always seem to be the most optimal platform for the gnashing of teeth about the state of the game when an actual contest is in progress. But ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” package comes the closest for a nationally live telecast to work in intelligent and nuanced discussion amidst the duty of committing to the play in front of all the viewers.
The four-person crew in Los Angeles this weekend for the Dodgers-Yankees series has relied, for the last season-plus, on Alex Rodriguez, Jessica Mendoza and Buster Olney for opinion and context based on their playing experiences or fact-gathering skills. Consider how the game Sunday night inserted more on Mendoza’s experience with Kershaw in the Dominican Republic last offseason as he wanted more information about human trafficking as it pertains to his Kershaw’s Challenge foundation.
Play-by-play man Matt Vasgersian, a former San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers TV voice, a national Fox Sports broadcaster and host of the MLB Network’s “Hot Stove” discussion show host, might be often relegated to traffic-cop status. But we thought it to be an appropriate time and place to vet him on what three ideas he might have on making baseball today more watchable.
His ideas? Gotta go to this link …