Mike Bordick: a nice guy does not a good announcer make

–Richard E. Vatz

      Once again, listening to the great Baltimore Orioles’ games on MASN turns a joy into a quasi-chore.

      Mike Bordick is virtually incapable of saying any Oriole is less than stellar.  Tonight, for example: top of the first, Cincinnati base-stealing phenom steals second, and generally reliable Caleb Joseph throws the ball very wide on the 3rd base side to second base.

      Bordick says, “A good play on both sides.”

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      Later, a routine ground ball was hit to Chris Davis, and he simply uncharacteristically raised his head and made an error.

      Bordick opines, “Sometimes the easiest plays can be the hardest.”

     What a meaningless excuse for a great first baseman who doesn’t need such protection.

      Later still, a  ground ball to Oriole 3rd baseman Jimmy Paredes; he bobbles the ball and throws it wide of first, where Davis manages to tag the runner, and Bordick says “good” play by Paredes.

      Again, I’m sorry, but as nice and decent as Mike Bordick may be, he is simply so much a homer that it is impossible to enjoy his commentary.

       The Orioles bring unadulterated joy to us O’s worshippers, but not all of their announcers do so.

        I have written about the announcing excellence of Jim Palmer, but such excellence is simply not matched or even approached by the other color announcer, Mike Bordick.

        Mike, a good sports broadcaster, like any good journalist, is there to be honest in his announcing, so that the viewers understand and appreciate the game and the quality of its participants; he is not there to consistently flatter the home team.  That cheapens truly good play. 

        If everything is excellent, nothing is excellent.


Richard Vatz teaches Communication at Towson University

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