January 6, 2010 |
In sports, in broadcasting, in politics, there is no getting around it. When someone leaves a team or a booth or an office, we must speculate. Who comes next? Who will be the next center fielder? The next anchor? The next senator? The next voice of the Angels? Rory Markas, a man of subtle humor, pleasing tone and acknowledged professionalism, died suddenly and unexpectedly Monday night. He had suffered a brain aneurysm in November 2008, recovered, broadcast an entire Angels season in 2009, was well into this USC basketball season and was getting ready to be the full-time, regular television play-by-play man for the Angels in 2010.
November 27, 2009 |
Certainly Rex Hudler was not appreciated by every Angels listener. He always held on to a baseball. If the Angels played near Halloween (which meant a good postseason run), Hudler would dress in a goofy costume. He was unabashedly an Angels rooter. But in a baseball broadcaster, is that so awful? For many of us forever Chicago Cubs fans, there is great joy in listening to former Cubs All-Star third baseman Ron Santo on the radio for Chicago games. His unfiltered exuberances, his despairing "Oh, Gods" uttered at particularly unfortunate moments, his unintelligible bellows in honor of the occasional big, good play?
November 25, 2009 |
Steve Physioc and Rex Hudler won't be broadcasting Angels games anymore. Physioc and Hudler have been told jointly by FS West and the Angels that they will not be part of the Angels' on-air team next season. A statement by Fox and the Angels said that Rory Markas and Mark Gubicza will be the television voices for the team on FS West and KCOP next season, and Terry Smith and Jose Mota will do the radio on KLAA AM 830. Physioc, 54, who has called baseball for 25 years for the San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds and ESPN, said the news was "a total shock.
October 16, 2009 |
Doesn't it make you cringe a little when Dodgers part-time television broadcaster Eric Collins says repeatedly, "He's painting the corners"? As if you haven't heard that before. Or when Angels analyst Rex Hudler says for, oh, about the 100th time, "Mighty Maicer" Izturis after Izturis beats out an infield grounder for a barely-there single as well as after he hits a home run. Kind of cute in April. Just grating in October. Somehow baseball seems to lend itself to fomenting cliches.
April 26, 2008
Arte Moreno went to great lengths to call his team the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. How ironic that his radio station's signal doesn't seem to cover most of that county (which is fine when Rex Hudler is talking), Jim Fredrick Manhattan Beach
July 29, 2007 |
Former Angels infielder Rex Hudler caught a soft line drive off the bat of Cal Ripken Jr. with two out and the bases loaded in the fifth inning on Sept. 6, 1995, making the game against the Baltimore Orioles in Camden Yards official.