You should definitely vote for your favorite TV call from the 2015 MLB season
Vote for your favorite TV call from this MLB season
There are individuals who make the experience of watching a ballgame at home feel somehow more affecting than watching at the ballpark. They seemingly enhance every emotion and heighten all the stakes, solely with the power of their voices. They're the ones kids pretend to be when reenacting their own ninth-inning dramatics. These are individuals for whom the phrase "I'd listen to him read the phonebook" is woefully inept -- because they have baseball games to call.
The Esurance MLB Awards are Major League Baseball's way of honoring the greatest achievements from the 2015 season with an industry-wide balloting process. In the Best Call, TV category, we're asking you to help decide which broadcaster elevated the game to that other level -- not necessarily the most bombastic call, but the call that was perfect for the moment.
Check out some of the nominees below, then click here to see the full list and vote for your favorite.
"That Green Jacket is well within reach."
One of the best calls of the year wasn't even a baseball call -- it was a golf call, with Orioles' broadcaster Gary Thorne calling Adam Jones' double off the wall with the reserve usually found on the greens at Augusta.
"Way back! Ballgame over! Cubs win!"
Kris Bryant's first career walk-off home run, or in the words of Len Kasper, "OH BABY, KRIS BRYANT!"
"Holy mackerel, the Dodgers get a run on a balk."
Is there anyone you'd rather have to take you through a dramatic walk-off balk than Vin Scully? No, no there is not.
"The incredible 1-3-1 putout!"
As the logic that usually governs baseball games deteriorated, as everything humans thought they knew about physics ceased to make sense, as chaos reigned, Gary Cohen somehow kept it together and made his call.
Remember, not even a month ago, when it seemed like the Angels were flat-out refusing to be eliminated from postseason contention? Remember when the Angels-Rangers game on Oct. 3, with oodles of postseason implications, broke the weirdometer? Matt Vasgersian called that ninth inning with the perfect mix of excitement and incredulity.
"That's it for the perfect game."
Max Scherzer came within an out of a perfect game -- all it took was one HBP, one pitch to nick Jose Tabata's elbow, to erase it. Bob Carpenter was left to figure out what had just happened.
Voting will remain open through Nov. 13 at mlb.com/awards. Winners will be announced live on MLB Network and MLB.com on Nov. 20.