Wall Street Journal: Nats have 7th-most biased TV crew

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The Wall Street Journal: quantifying homerism since 2012.

Oh, hi there. Come on in, we were just freshening ourselves up. Give us a moment.

Anyway, where were we? Oh, yes, baseball.

Anyone who's had the, ahem, "pleasure" of listening to Ken Harrelson call a Chicago White Sox game on WGN can probably guess who the Wall Street Journal figured out was the most-biased baseball commentator in this quasi-scientific survey.

What may have been more surprising was the way the rest of the order shook out.

According to the survey, the Nationals MASN team of Bob Carpenter and F.P. Santangelo uttered nine biased comments -- defined by the Journal as use of "a pronoun like 'we,' 'us' or 'our' to describe the home team ... Obscure pet names for players [and] excessive moping after miscues or unrestrained glee after big moments" --over the course of a nine-inning game. That put them in a tie for 7th on the list with the Orioles (Gary Thorne and Mike Bordick being the MASN pair under the microscope there), Phillies (Tom McCarthy and Chris Wheeler), Twins (Dick Bremer and Bert Blyleven), and Padres (Dick Enberg, Mark Grant)

The survey doesn't make us think any less of Carpenter or Santangelo, both of whom we generally enjoy (except when they start harping on umpiring decisions). However, we will just note that our choice (and the choice of many others) for the best announcing crew in baseball -- the Mets team of Gary Cohen, Ron Darling, and Keith Hernandez -- came in dead last on this list.

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