The Wall Street Journal has released a new study ranking Major League Baseball’s announcers based on home team bias. In the study, folks at the Journal watched one, nine-inning game played by each team. They only studied games won by the home team. They counted the number of statements with perceived bias and came up with the Announcer-Bias Index.
By the rules of our study, anyone with a microphone who used a pronoun like “we,” “us” or “our” to describe the home team was given a citation. Obscure pet names for players were also flagged: The Detroit Tigers announcers, for instance, referred to backup catcher Gerald Laird as “G-Money.” Additional penalties were given for things like excessive moping after miscues or unrestrained glee after big moments. (A Miami Marlins broadcaster marked the end of a lengthy scoreless drought by screaming “Hallelujah!”)
For the Phils, Tom McCarthy and Chris Wheeler were flagged for nine comments. Only announcers for the White Sox, Indians, Pirates, Astros, Marlins, and Diamondbacks had more. Announcers for four other clubs were flagged for nine biased comments.