Don Orsillo finishes No. 1 in MLB announcer rankings

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Don Orsillo is having a better summer than the Red Sox. He is part of the best local baseball broadcast in the country, at least according to the readers of Awful Announcing.

The sports media blog published its annual baseball announcer rankings this week, with the Padres’ trio for Fox Sports finishing atop the list. Orsillo and analysts Mark Grant and Mark Sweeney received “A’s” from 49.67 percent of voters. 

Overall, every club received at least 1,300 grades.

Orsillo has brought his irreverent sense of humor to San Diego, often participating in comedic bits with his partners. Most recently, Grant chewed on some baseball card gum from 1990, prompting Orsillo to succumb to one of his trademark laughing fits.

Watch for @Mudcat55 putting some old baseball card gum in his mouth...Stay for @DonOrsillo's reaction -- pic.twitter.com/d7O2eRdBLz

— FOX Sports San Diego (@FOXSportsSD) August 11, 2019

With the Padres destined for their eighth straight losing season, Orsillo’s more free-flowing style probably jells perfectly with the tenor of the broadcast. It is the perfect platform for silliness. 

Of course, Orsillo’s style also worked in Boston, where Dave O’Brien apparently hasn’t caught on. The NESN team, which most often features O’Brien, Jerry Remy and/or Dennis Eckersley, finished 20th on the list, garnering “A” grades from just 18 percent of respondents. 

That number seems low. Though O’Brien is significantly drier than Orsillo, Remy and Eckersley are two of the best –– and most critical –– local analysts around. They deserve to be higher. Don’t blame the Red Sox’ lackluster World Series defense on them.