Ray Fosse and Glen Kuiper are the voices of the Oakland A's on the CSN television broadcasts, but every year since 2012 fans have been treated to a special alternate voice for 20 broadcasts. We've seen Hattie, Shooty, and Chavy step in to provide color commentary next to Kuiper's play-by-play, but this year the new guy is former pitcher Mark Mulder.
Mulder has one thing that Hattie and Chavy lacked: past TV experience, thanks to his time on ESPN's Baseball Tonight. Unfortunately, I didn't plan this paragraph very well and I don't have any other related facts.
Anyway, Mulder took his first turn in the booth last weekend during the series against the Royals. If you judge your broadcasters purely based on superstition, then you'll find it relevant that the A's won two of the three games in that series. Mulder is a winner! If you prefer to focus on their commentating skills, though, then the rest of this discussion is for you.
I was working late Friday, so although I had the game on, the volume was muted for much of the evening. I was out of the house Saturday (Picnic Day in Davis), and though I caught about half the game while eating lunch at Woodstock's, the broadcast was obviously not audible in the restaurant. On Sunday I was able to listen to Mulder, and I came away with mixed feelings. He had smart things to say and good points to make as the action unfolded, but on the downside it seemed like he repeated himself a lot. That is, he'd say something worthwhile and then not be sure what to say next, so he'd just repeat the last smart thing he said. That is, he'd say something worthwhile and then not be sure what to say next, so he'd just repeat the last smart thing he said.
Granted, it's probably easier to stop the redundancies than it is to start being smart, so I have hope that he will improve as time goes on. It's just a matter of learning how to keep talking for three hours straight, which truly does take practice. His voice itself was fine, which is a big upgrade from the monotone stylings of Chavy.
But I only took in a very small sample, and I was pretty sleepy on Sunday. What did you think of Mulder's CSN debut this weekend? Vote in the poll and discuss in the comments!