Twins' Bert Blyleven and Dick Bremer among most homer announcing duos, study says
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If you've ever listened to Homer Hawk Harrelson call a White Sox game, you won't be surprised to learn that he and partner Steve Stone lap the field as the most biased announcers in baseball. In fact, with 104 "biased comments" during the game the WSJ scrutinized, Harrelson and Stone offered up more homertastic remarks than all the other announcing duos in baseball combined.
But if you've managed to take in a Twins game with the sound on -- and we know it ain't easy, with all the losing the team has been doing the past couple years -- then you also won't be surprised to learn that Dick Bremer and Bert Blyleven rank as one of the most biased duos around.
With nine "biased remarks" -- defined by the WSJ as comments including the use of words like "we," "us," or "our;" referring to a player by a nickname (e.g., "Morneau-sie"); or blatantly rooting for the home team -- Dick and Bert tied for the seventh biggest homers in baseball.
The WSJ cites the following as an example of a homer remark Dick and Bert made during the broadcast: "I hope there's no suspense. A nice, methodological win would be nice." Kinda like blue moons, these suspense-free Twins home victories are.
In the accompanying WSJ piece, Dick tries to explain Bert's homerism by pointing out that ex-players "have tremendous equity in the franchise they played for."
"From their perspective, I could imagine a strong desire for the team to do well," he said.
That's all well and good as far as Bert is concerned, but then what's your excuse, Dick?