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On enjoying the little things.

The Tigers aren’t doing well this year. They’re 58-61 at the start of the day, and there’s no real indication they’ll go on a streak. Still, they’re 3.5 games out of the wild card, and as long as there’s hope, I’ll be tuning in to listen to Dan and Jim. Even if the Tigers lose tonight against the Rangers, the broadcast will take me through it, and at the end of the game, listening to Dickerson and Price will remind me what baseball really means. It’s not always about glory, sometimes it’s just about our city, our state, our country and the things that make it great. Sometimes it’s just about spending time with good people.

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Nice article, thanks for posting. I love Dan and Jim. Most nights after a few innings I will turn off the TV and go into my basement man-cave (which isn't yet hooked up for cable), and just listen to the games. I especially prefer them to Mario and Rod when the team isn't playing well, because Dan and Jim will tell us what's what, and not blow smoke up our asses.

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I think that Dan Dickerson is objectively the strongest play-by-play radio voice in the game. His description of the action, both before and after the pitch, is complete and evocative. He is also very good at breaking down the action, the situation, the possibilities and the stats, and he has an easy, friendly rapport with Jim Price. They are a pleasure to listen to.

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Nice article, thanks for posting. I love Dan and Jim. Most nights after a few innings I will turn off the TV and go into my basement man-cave (which isn't yet hooked up for cable), and just listen to the games. I especially prefer them to Mario and Rod when the team isn't playing well, because Dan and Jim will tell us what's what, and not blow smoke up our asses.

This is a really important point, because many clubs will unabashedly instruct their air talent to present only the positives in order to sell the team to the listeners, and of course, the highly-paid talent generally comply. Dan and Jim have figured out how to tell the truth without getting in trouble.

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Love the Dan and Jim combo. Jim may be hokey but I enjoy his chemistry with Dan and his willingness to not be an unabashed homer. Dan's simply great. He may not update the score as often as some would like and he slips up somewhat frequently on players names when recalling a play but I feel both are pretty minor. The kind of thing to point out when looking for something to say to counter the glowing reviews.

We've got it good in terms of radio broadcasters.

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Didn't Rathbun get into some trouble recently? Rizzs is good.

I don't know about him being in trouble, but I've heard probably 5 different interviews with him over the years with maybe one from 2010 or 11 being the most recent, and the guy just comes across as very bitter about announcing in Detroit in general and Ernie Harwell specifically.

And setting aside the Ernie deification that exists around Detroit as best I can, I think I can objectively say his criticisms of and bitterness towards Ernie was (is?) misplaced. He basically blamed Ernie for not doing enough to set up his (meaning Bob's) success. He seemed to think Ernie should have actively promoted him. He also claimed Ernie was friendly and professional towards him, but he never got the sense Ernie considered him a personal friend and he seemed bitter about that, more or less implying Ernie owed him that.

I don't know, I feel like as an adult at some point you have to accept Ernie really didn't owe you anything then, and even if you think he did, it really shouldn't have been much and you probably need to move on. It was 20 years ago. Plus, he didn't seem to take into consideration Ernie's feelings on the whole thing either.

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Never heard Rathbun do play by play for the Tigers. However, I remember him with the Tidewater Tides at AAA and he was OK, pretty vanilla if I remember correctly.

I think he got caught up in a perfect storm. Detroiters can have a bit of a small town attitude, if you are not born and bred in Michigan you have to work harder to be successful (especially in broadcasting). He was affected by the fallout of Ernie's dismissal, I'm sure his wife did not like it here (worked with her briefly in Norfolk) and they just never fit in.

Good news for him is that he has landed on his feet and has been very successful in Atlanta. The business works out that way. Sometimes you just have to let it go

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I think that Dan Dickerson is objectively the strongest play-by-play radio voice in the game. His description of the action, both before and after the pitch, is complete and evocative. He is also very good at breaking down the action, the situation, the possibilities and the stats, and he has an easy, friendly rapport with Jim Price. They are a pleasure to listen to.

Agree 100%. I listen to a lot of baseball on the radio and have heard most of the other guys, and there is really no comparison with any of them, aside from Jon Miller. Dan is simply awesome.

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I don't know about him being in trouble, but I've heard probably 5 different interviews with him over the years with maybe one from 2010 or 11 being the most recent, and the guy just comes across as very bitter about announcing in Detroit in general and Ernie Harwell specifically.

And setting aside the Ernie deification that exists around Detroit as best I can, I think I can objectively say his criticisms of and bitterness towards Ernie was (is?) misplaced. He basically blamed Ernie for not doing enough to set up his (meaning Bob's) success. He seemed to think Ernie should have actively promoted him. He also claimed Ernie was friendly and professional towards him, but he never got the sense Ernie considered him a personal friend and he seemed bitter about that, more or less implying Ernie owed him that.

I don't know, I feel like as an adult at some point you have to accept Ernie really didn't owe you anything then, and even if you think he did, it really shouldn't have been much and you probably need to move on. It was 20 years ago. Plus, he didn't seem to take into consideration Ernie's feelings on the whole thing either.

Maybe objectively and honestly, Ernie didn't think he was very good and felt his loyalty to the Tigers and Detroit was greater than any obligation to talk-up Rathbun.

Hmmm. Ever think about it that way Bob? Maybe you should just thank him for not just blowing you out of the water, which a crueler man who thought that might have done?

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I've listened to hundreds of baseball announcers and none of them even come close to what Dan D can do with the mic. I always liked him a lot as a personality, and I liked his style.

In recent seasons (and it seems esp. this season) Dan has been effortlessly blending in a lot of advanced stats into his conversations on air with Jim P, and it has worked really well. I find myself being informed sometimes by Dan's stats, which has never happened in my whole life with any other announcer, not even close.

Dan is a national treasure. I can't believe I'm saying this, but he's clearly established himself as the best all-around Tigers announcer I've ever heard. And I love x 10 Ernie, Paul and George.

I also like Jim P as a color guy. He gets raked by some around here, but he calls it like he sees it, is opinionated without being a jerk, and compared to most color announcers his insights are pretty relevant. Yes he repeats his insights a lot, but he has evolved a fair amount too. And I just like Jimmy's personality, he's like a really lovable uncle who played on the Tigers and who loves to reminisce.

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In the interests of balance, a dissenting view:

Tigers’ radio team makes it difficult to tune in

This reminds me of one of those one-star reviews you read at the end of the list on IMDB for a really good movie, with a title like "Don't know why everybody loves this..." or something similar. The kind of guy who loves to dissent. Whatever.

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I've listened to hundreds of baseball announcers and none of them even come close to what Dan D can do with the mic. I always liked him a lot as a personality, and I liked his style.

In recent seasons (and it seems esp. this season) Dan has been effortlessly blending in a lot of advanced stats into his conversations on air with Jim P, and it has worked really well. I find myself being informed sometimes by Dan's stats, which has never happened in my whole life with any other announcer, not even close.

Dan is a national treasure. I can't believe I'm saying this, but he's clearly established himself as the best all-around Tigers announcer I've ever heard. And I love x 10 Ernie, Paul and George.

I also like Jim P as a color guy. He gets raked by some around here, but he calls it like he sees it, is opinionated without being a jerk, and compared to most color announcers his insights are pretty relevant. Yes he repeats his insights a lot, but he has evolved a fair amount too. And I just like Jimmy's personality, he's like a really lovable uncle who played on the Tigers and who loves to reminisce.

I agree with you on Price. He and Dan have really found a good balance that seems to be based on a mutual affection and love of the game.

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I think Price has also done a really good job of integrating advanced stuff into his scouting reports about pitchers. You can tell he's reading right off the fangraphs page for arsenals of starters and such. I think he's improved quite a bit over the last seven or eight years.

And Dickerson is just the best in the business right now.

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Jim Price is a very nice man. He wasn't a great ballplayer, but he takes his small place on the 68 team seriously, and he's proud of what they accomplished. He's not a great announcer either, but he's a smart baseball man, and I'd listen to him a million times before Rod Allen. Dan is a good play by play man. Comparing him to Ernie at all is just not fair (dan would tell you as much). An Ernie Harwell called game was like a fine symphony. But Dan is a fine announcer in his own right.

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