Athen, GA (April 1, 2008) - When we last left Bill Chuck of Billy-Ball.com in Part I of this interview, we read about his relationship with his father and how it led to his life-long love of baseball. We also read about how Billy-Ball.com came to be, as well as what led him to write his newly published book, “Walkoffs, Last Licks, and Final Outs – Baseball’s Grand (and not so grand) Finales". In this, the send and final part of the interview, Bill talks about broadcasters, writers, steroids and Bud Selig.
The people over at Sports TV Inside Out have raised their eyebrows over the first two months of the TBS Sunday baseball package and how little control TBS has in the package (see http://sportstvinsideout
If you could change 5 things about how television covers baseball, what would they be?
Who do you consider to be the best baseball play by play announcer, living or dead, and why? Same question for color analyst.
There was a time that I raved about Tim McCarver, but that was long ago and definitely not any more. I have liked Al Leiter and Paul O'Neill when I've heard them. I think Lou Piniella does a good job. I prefer listening to Steve Phillips, Peter Gammons and analysts like that. I have no patience for color commentators who talk about anything other than baseball and tout their own products or try to crack up the play-by-play guy. I prefer the days when team announcers rotated between television and radio throughout the game, I think it made them better announcers. I would love to hear Mel Allen one more time.
If you were a baseball stud, what would be your dream team and manager to play for? What position? (and NO you can't say DH).
What do you think of the DH rule?
Aluminum bats. Good for the game or a travesty?
Here's something that many people may not know about Ryan - he keeps score at every baseball game he goes to. He brings his own scorebook and sometime I feel that he and I are the only one who does it. But his (no surprise) is so much better. I, like most people, get a scorecard for each game. His is an on-going book kept in a permanent binder - and its not just for major league games. He'll keep score for any game at any level. He is a great writer who deserves good things to happen to him. The Award is well deserved.
Eye on Sports Media would loike to thank Bill for taking the time for this interview. We wish him well with his book, as well as many more great seasons of Billy-Ball.com. We too would love to hear Mel Allen again, and wish that Vin Scully could call baseball games forever. Perhaps some of Skip Carey's years can be given to Scully?