Have you ever wondered how the Toronto Blue Jays TV broadcast team compares to the rest of the Majors? If so, Awful Announcing can provide at least part of the answer.
For the first time since 2019 and sixth time overall, Awful Announcing has revealed their rankings for the MLB local TV broadcasts. For some context, the rankings are based on votes by readers of the sports media coverage website.
For further context, Joe Lucia confirms just over 10,000 votes were received. The last time Awful Announcing did their rankings, more than 64,000 people voted.
As such, you may well wish to take the findings with a pinch of salt. Regardless, the Blue Jays broadcast team did particularly well this time around.
Highest ever ranking for Blue Jays
The Blue Jays finished fourth out of all 30 Major League teams, which is certainly a strong achievement. As per Lucia:
"This is Toronto’s best rank and score ever, and it’s warranted. Dan Shulman is one of the best play-by-play announcers in all of baseball, and Blue Jays fans should be thrilled he calls nearly all of their games."
The Blue Jays' previous best ranking was fifth, in 2018. They ranked 20th in 2014, eight in 2016, 21st in 2017 and seventh in 2019.
Sportsnet is undoubtedly fortunate to have the services of Shulman who, as stated, is one of the best play-by-play announcers in all of baseball. He has a sterling reputation after nearly 30 years as a broadcaster, which includes previously doing play-by-play for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball.
Shulman has some help in the booth
Joining Shulman in the broadcast booth is analyst Buck Martinez, the former Blue Jays player and manager. Martinez is a beloved character, who recently underwent treatment for cancer and contemplated retirement, before returning to the booth for this season.
Former Expos catcher Joe Siddall also serves as an analyst for Sportsnet. He has been involved with the Blue Jays media since 2014, highlighted by being named Best Sports Analyst in 2022 at the 10th Canadian Screen Awards. (Shulman was also named Best Sports Play-by-Play Announcer at the same awards.)
For those interested, the Giants finished first in Awful Announcing's rankings, while the Tigers finished last. In terms of the Al East specifically, the Orioles ranked 10th, the Rays were 12th, the Red Sox were 16th and the Yankees a lowly 24th.