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    Mitch Williams on MLB TV

    Are you as tired as me of hearing Mitch Williams explain the mechanics of fielding, hitting and pitching on mlb.tv? Mitch comes across as an expert on every item that the network presents by virtue of shouting everyone else down on the panel. He kind of turns all of his points upon himself for being ultimately unsuccessful as a major league pitcher, but I don't find any value in his self-efacing modesty. Everything he ever says just points to the fact that he was a failure.

    The Network needs to move past "Wild Thing" as their color commenator. The modern baseball fan is sophisticated. Recently, The MLB Network did a piece on PECOTA, and star cowboy Mitch Williams declared that he didn't give a snort of Wild Turkey for what Pecota even meant. He was purely vested in his emotions...

    MLB TV is the best station on television inspite of rubes like Mitch Williams. Imagine how much better it wil be when they can rid themselves of the riff raff.
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    Re: Mitch Williams on MLB TV

    I couldn't possibly agree more. His homerism over The Phillies during the playoffs last year really annoyed me, too.

    To be honest I'm really shocked he ever got the job. Usually, guys that end up with sweet TV gigs are remembered for something other than epic World Series meltdowns, aren't they?

    Maybe Jose Mesa will replace him some day.
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    Re: Mitch Williams on MLB TV

    On a positive note, at least its not Rob Dibble on there.

    Mitch has gotta go.
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    Re: Mitch Williams on MLB TV

    I'm no big fan of Williams ether but have no problem with him being a homer for the Phillies. Nobody around here gets down on Larkin or Casey for being homers for the Reds. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

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    Re: Mitch Williams on MLB TV

    Can you imagine the guy who interviewed Williams, heard him stumble through all his sentences, and thought, "yeah, this guy would be a great anchor!" That guy should be fired along with Williams.

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    Re: Mitch Williams on MLB TV

    I completely agree. Mitch Williams reminds me of my wife's drunken, obnoxious uncle. He may not know everything but he'll tell you he does!

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    Re: Mitch Williams on MLB TV

    Two words for Mitch. "Joe Carter."
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    Re: Mitch Williams on MLB TV

    All I can say is from what I've heard is that Mitch almost knows as much about the game as Jeff Brantley claims to know.

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    Re: Mitch Williams on MLB TV

    What is it with former closers? Brantley, Dibble, Williams, Eck, etc all seem to be full of bravado and arogance... Maybe its the mentality that made them good relievers, but it sure makes for shotty commentators. I guess pitching 1 inning a game makes you an expert in all areas! As Dibble used to say, "I played and you didn't!"

    Back to Williams, he honestly makes me want to turn the channel every time he's on regardless of what they are talking about... But one incident with Williams that comes to mind that shows how worthless he is, was last August (early Sept?) when the Reds played at Colorado and he was the color guy. He kept pumping up Johnny Gomes and what he had done at the plate, then he pulled out a "Gomes' approach reminds me of a RH Joey Votto!" I nearly threw the remote threw the TV 3 or 4 times that game! He has no business being a commentator!
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    Re: Mitch Williams on MLB TV

    Quote Originally Posted by Santo Alcala View Post
    Are you as tired as me of hearing Mitch Williams explain the mechanics of fielding, hitting and pitching on mlb.tv? Mitch comes across as an expert on every item that the network presents by virtue of shouting everyone else down on the panel. He kind of turns all of his points upon himself for being ultimately unsuccessful as a major league pitcher, but I don't find any value in his self-efacing modesty. Everything he ever says just points to the fact that he was a failure.

    The Network needs to move past "Wild Thing" as their color commenator. The modern baseball fan is sophisticated. Recently, The MLB Network did a piece on PECOTA, and star cowboy Mitch Williams declared that he didn't give a snort of Wild Turkey for what Pecota even meant. He was purely vested in his emotions...

    MLB TV is the best station on television inspite of rubes like Mitch Williams. Imagine how much better it wil be when they can rid themselves of the riff raff.
    i agree...he seems to be just spouting out off the top of his head with little preparation...i'm sure he knows alot more than I do but it would still be nice if he had a little something to back up his opinions from time to time...and yes Dibble is the same animal. I really liked Dibble for a while but now I just cringe everytime he talks over Memelo

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    Re: Mitch Williams on MLB TV

    He's just on way too much, all their other guys seem to do a show now and then, while Mitch is almost always the other guy on with each of them.
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    Re: Mitch Williams on MLB TV

    Ah, he doesn't bother me too much. Dibble is almost intolerable on MLB Network radio. I just overlook what they say, for the most part. Sometimes, they do have something intelligent to say. Harold Reynolds isn't really a genius either. The other day, he was saying the Mark Reynolds is the next Josh Hamilton.
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    Re: Mitch Williams on MLB TV

    I guess I'm in the minority on this one but I kind of like Mitch Williams. I like the interplay between him, Amsinger, and Reynolds at times. Their interplay and commentary is at least better than the stuff we get on ESPN.

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    Re: Mitch Williams on MLB TV

    They need a lot more Larkin, and lot less Williams.

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    Re: Mitch Williams on MLB TV

    Oh you can do a lot worse than Williams. I was watching MLB Network the other day and they had Brian Jordan on there. You want to talk about bad, that guy was just brutal.
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