Column: White Sox, Cubs fans have best broadcasts in baseball

Adam Tumino

Chicago baseball fans have been lucky in recent years.

The Cubs are coming off a stretch where they were one of the best teams in baseball.

They seem to be on the decline right now, but still have players like Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant that make the team fun to watch.

The White Sox have one of the most exciting young rosters in the America League and seem poised to be a contender for years to come.

Chicago baseball fans are blessed with good products on the field to be sure, but the good fortune extends beyond the diamond and up into the broadcast booths.

The Cubs and White Sox have arguably the best television and radio broadcast teams in the major leagues.

Starting with the White Sox, their TV crew of play-by-play announced Jason Benetti and color analyst Steve Stone is not only the best broadcast in baseball, but one of the best in all of sports.

Benetti is one of the most talented broadcasters in the world right now, with experience in college football, college basketball and now the NBA in addition to his baseball work.

After spending years buried by the insufferable Hawk Harrelson, Stone is able to become a real part of the game with Benetti by his side.

Stone proves again that he is one of the best analysts in baseball when he has a good partner.

White Sox radio listeners also have an excellent new play-by-play announcer in former Cubs’ TV announcer Len Kasper.

Kasper has been one of the best in the business for years, and his move to radio surprised many people.

Whatever the medium, Kasper is always a joy to listen to.

Cubs fans who prefer the radio have a living legend in the booth.

The great Pat Hughes has been calling Cubs games since 1996 and has been joined by Ron Coomer since the 2014 season.

Hughes will be in Cooperstown one day, and his call of the Cubs 2016 World Series victory will be played for decades to come.

The Cubs television crew is also great, with Kasper being replaced by Jon Sciambi for the 2021 season and beyond.

Sciambi was the best possible replacement for Kasper, and he already has a good relationship with color analyst Jim Deshaies, who has been with the Cubs since 2013.

The pair are smart and entertaining, even though the Cubs are not so much fun to watch so far this season.

Chicago baseball fans can take solace in the fact that, no matter how the teams are performing, they will always be fun to watch and listen to.

 

Adam Tumino is a senior journalism major. He can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]