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 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.
July 29, 2006
Arte Moreno has made great moves as the owner of the Angels. One move I'm still waiting for is to replace Steve Physioc and the "Wonder Dog" Rex Hudler in the television booth. The Stoneman-esque stance Moreno has taken with them may lead the young fans the Angels have recruited to think that television commentary consists solely of making excuses and giving false hope for a team that, more often than not this season, has been mediocre at best. KEVIN LU Alhambra
December 16, 2005 |
Almost as certain as death and taxes these days are corporate cutbacks. Two months ago, KCAL-Channel 9 was hit with a cost-cutting edict from parent company Viacom to go with an outside company to produce its live sports coverage, beginning Jan. 1. What did this mean? Would some little-known production company take over by simply submitting the lowest bid? Would it mean one- or two-camera Laker telecasts that resembled those from the 1960s?
August 20, 2005
When are the Angels going to learn to let the starting pitchers go the distance without having their great work undermined by their, to be charitable, erratic "closer?" After watching Frankie Rodriguez blow yet another save opportunity, I have no confidence at all in him. And what was the benefit of letting Troy Glaus go in order to let the injury-prone and completely useless Dallas McPherson take over at third? And how is Cabrera an upgrade over David Eckstein? Please Mr. Stoneman, answer me. SKIP HOUSTON Laguna Beach I have mixed feelings about the contracts of the Angel announcers not being reviewed until the end of the year.
September 13, 2002 |
When should a sensitive news story be reported? Should it be reported at all? Channel 7 faced those issues this week. On Tuesday, the station reported that Angel pitcher Jarrod Washburn was under investigation by Anaheim police for alleged sexual assault and the accuser was a 16-year-old female. On Wednesday, the Orange County district attorney's office decided not to file charges because of lack of evidence. Did Channel 7 act too hastily? Did the station unnecessarily tarnish a player's name?