I’ve listened to a couple of games on WOR 710 so far this spring and it’s been more of an adjustment than I thought it would be.
First off, the building I work in is not AM radio friendly so it takes a bit of effort to maneuver the radio I have on my desk to listen in on these spring games. Then the fact that BAM! Its game time. No pre game warm up show with an interview with the manager or a discussion with a beat writer on what has transpired so far in camp and what we are looking forward to in the upcoming game. Nope right to Howie Rose or Josh Lewin or STEVE PHILLIPS?????
Yes former Mets GM and current Sirius/XM talks show host Steve Phillips has been added to the Mets radio team. I don’t know how many games Phillips is signed on for this season but so far there has been a good listen Steve Phillips and there has been the finger nails on a chalk board listen Steve Philips.
Last week, Phillips worked with Josh Lewin while Howie Rose fulfilled his commitment as NY Islanders play by play man. The first couple of innings with Lewin handling the play by play and Phillips the commentary were a very good listen. Then Lewin turned the play by play chores over to Phillips and it was a total disaster. Phillips spoke way too fast and his nervousness at the mike was quite evident (I believe he used the phrase “toed the rubber” 2,356 times) Phillips went from an solid analyst to bumbling fool.
The easy thing to do is to ridicule Phillips but in fact I feel sorry for him that he was put in that position without the proper training. I blame the Mets and WOR 710 for that and both those parties should be ridiculed for putting Phillips in a tough spot.
I know Mets ownership wants a three man radio booth and have reached out to a few former Mets players to take the job but have been rebuffed because quite frankly the players had no desire to trek around the big leagues for a full season.
It also has been said the Mets would like the third voice in the booth to have some play by play experience/ability, sadly Phillips lacks in that department but as an analyst he could be a great fit.
There hasn’t been a hire for pre or post game host on the radio side either. That’s a total disgrace. It’s not like this was a shot gun marriage between WOR and the Mets, so not having a host in place to lead Mets fans into and out of games is unacceptable.
There are some folks that would be a nice fit for that spot. The first name I thought of was Jared Max who was last heard on ESPN NY radio. Max would fill two spots that WOR would like to fill working Mets radio casts and as a night time sports talk show host.
Mark Erney would be another solid choice as he is a Mets fan but a pure professional on the air. Bob (Mr. Met)Hussler though it may be tough to hire Hussler as he is the voice of the Conneticut Sun of WNBA and Fairfield University Men’s Basketball play by play along with his update duties at WFAN would be a good hire. Rich Ackerman would be a fine fit as well.
There are some fine voices and talented people out there, that’s why not having the spot secured on Mets radio is a real head scratcher.