How come ESPN can't educate their announcers who cover the LLWS and Regionals on what actually goes on in LL. I understand they don't watch any or cover any until August, but don't you think they could have a couple days of research? They don't know how teams make it to regionals, they dont know that their stats in front of them are only for the regionals, not for their entire run through the tournament. When leagues repeat or get to regional finals multiple times in a short period, they don't mention how hard and rare that is. I could go on and on and on and on.
It's my biggest pet peeve from ESPN's coverage. They have ZERO clue what they're talking about. ZERO.
That's a great point. When I watched the Mid-Atlantic finals Monday night I remember how phony it all sounded as if they had been there the entire week. They talk about the kids like they hung out with them all week. I think it would be much more sincere if they had some local help in the booth to explain to the viewers the journey these kids and families have been on.
Between the Aunts and Uncles and Regional Staff it would not be to difficult to find an articulate local source of knowledge to join the team.
What really bothers me is when announcers claim a LL fastball is the equivalent of a 100 mph MLB pitch. There is a difference between closing speed and reaction time. The ball thrown at 75 mph is going about 68 mph by the time it crosses the plate vs. a MLB 97 mph pitch is closing at about 94 mph. Many of us coaches throw a lot harder than LL pitchers do. It was fun to watch a 6' 3' former AAA left hander throw bp from 48' (Pony Bronco Division) .
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Brent Musburger will have the help of analysts Orel Hershiser and Dusty Baker. This year Dusty Baker will be enshrined into the the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum's Hall of Excellence. Dusty will also help in the game between the West and Midwest on Tuesday, August 21st and other games.
I have nothing personal against Bret, but, as the saying goes,...give the job, and honour, to the guys who got them there. But, admittedly, "real world" trumps my thinking. http://And I have no clue how I found this board, but looks great. Hope I don't lose it. How can I ensure access without messing up?
Frank, it is good to see you here. On IE hit the word "File" and drop down will come; now hit "Send" and it will give you three (3) choices; choose "Shortcut to Desktop". It is now on your Desktop; just click and you are here again. Have fun.
Frank!!!!!! Waz happenin', brother?????? I thought we'd lost you again.
As to the question at hand - I think they should have soon-to-be-former league presidents as extra special added guests.
Confused?..YES!! [Nothing new there!!]
"Soon-to-be-former league presidents".... don't go to Williamsport as "extra special added guests"....
Did you ever watch the film.."One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"?....All-[inmates]- former league presidents!!
Stupid Little League Announcer Tricks: Ohio-Georgia game. Announcer says batter can't run on a passed ball third strike like they can in the MLB. Bases were loaded (meaning 1st base occupied) and there were no outs. Get a clue. The batter would be out in the MLB with less than 2 outs, if 1st base is occupied, even if the baserunner was in the process of stealing 2nd base.