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Those type of observations can’t be made from Zoom — They situations are not covered there.
“When you take the in-person out of the equation and replace it with a (video) screen, everything is an exchange — questions for quotes — and that doesn’t always allow for the same level of information or insight,” Goold said.
Those are among the many things the TV broadcasters who remain shackled in St. Louis, and those covering teams in other cities who are not traveling, will continue to miss, These are insights they could be gleaning to relay to viewers — who pay for the telecasts. The team’s radio crew, meanwhile, now is back on the road.
“You can’t replace being on-site,” said Dan McLaughlin, Cards TV play-by-play announcer on Bally Sports Midwest. “There is no substitute. None. The relationships, conversations, insight, and being at the ballpark. We aren’t around, and those aspects of this job are very important. On-site, you can see everything. It’s frustrating when I don’t know about changes, following the action, seeing where the ball is hit, or even just the feel of the atmosphere. I take great pride in doing the job the best I can and when you aren’t there, it’s limited.”
Cardinals radio announcer John Rooney concurs.
“There are times even standing at the airport waiting to get on the charter flight or at the team hotel waiting for an elevator that you can pick up something you might use on the broadcast,” he said. “For example, (shortstop) Paul De Jong might say something about his rehab assignment that we might fit in. Those are little things, but they combine to create a big picture that enhances the broadcasts.”