Jon Miller is an accomplished and very good baseball announcer and I like his work. He's in the Hall of Fame. Fine and dandy.
But Jon Miller is overrated too.
Miller likes to tell stories. A lot of stories. Sometimes those stories overtake and consume the broadcast at hand. That many of the stories center around Miller is not good. Keep in mind that I like Miller quite a bit and think he's a solid broadcaster for the Giants.
But he's not great. Not even close. I would say Lon Simmons is in that category, but that's just my opinion.
Miller also doesn't give the score, (yes, it's a pet peeve, sorry), that much and that also makes him not the greatest announcer. I know a lot of you Giants fanatics will find fault in this, but surely many of you feel the same way, just won't say it. Including columnists and writers.
Miller also has an irritable tendency to often utter a whole lot of "Uh's"--next time you listen to him, count 'em. It's not the end of the world, but the "uh's" get in the way of the broadcast and especially the endless stories.
Another curious sidebar about Miller: He took the night off last Sunday. Not coincidentally, it was an ESPN national telecast. Miller, of course, privately detests ESPN since they booted him, (along with Joe Morgan), from their Sunday game. Fair enough, but nobody from the local booster club of Giants press corps bothered to inquire--I thought you'd like to know.
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