Survey: Phillies' announcers showing their biases

Posted: September 28, 2012

THE PHILLIES' announcing team of Tom McCarthy and Chris Wheeler were tied for seventh in a Wall Street Journal survey of most biased announcers.

The Journal monitored each of major league baseball's broadcast teams for one game. Its criteria were the number of comments perceived as biased, including the use of words like "we," "us" or "our"; referring to a player by a nickname; or blatantly rooting for the home team.

The White Sox' announcing team of Ken Harrelson and Steve Stone were considered the most biased, with 104 biased comments.

Second were the Indians (23 comments), followed by the Pirates (20), Astros and Marlins (15) and Diamondbacks (12).

The Phillies announcers were graded to have nine biased comments and were tied with the Orioles, Nationals, Padres and Twins. The Journal used this example of bias from the Phillies' announcers: "I think we need to get another run, keep the tying run farther away in the ninth."

Five teams had zero biased comments: the Blue Jays, Yankees, Mets, Red Sox and Dodgers.

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