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At 9:00 p.m. on July 13, Steve Adler, founder of Friarhood.com, a website for Padres fans, posted a poll on the site’s Facebook page: Should the Padres bring back Dick Enberg for the 2012 season?

Enberg began his sportscasting career on the radio in the late ‘60s. In 1975, he began a 25-year relationship with NBC Sports, during which time he announced golf and tennis championships, heavyweight boxing, horseracing events, college and professional basketball and football, including eight Super Bowls, and the Olympic games. He has also worked for CBS and ESPN.

In 2009, the San Diego Padres hired then-74-year-old Enberg as a play-by-play announcer for channel 4 San Diego. By then, he had earned 14 Emmy Awards and 9 Sportscaster of the Year Awards. Some Padres fans, however, criticized Enberg for the excitement with which he announced plays by the opponent.

According to comments on the Friarhood’s Facebook page, some people still feel that way. Robert S. wrote, “i say we get someone. . .who announces as if he's not actually rooting for the dodgers or vagiants.” Jake G. wrote, “I want a home town announcer to sound like one.”

Other commenters suggest that age is causing Enberg to lose some of his faculties. Brandon C. wrote, “I do like Dick. I like a bit of the neutrality that he brings and he's been a good broadcaster over the years. However, I'm hearing more and more gaffs and mistakes on air. I don't want him to sour his reputation as a great broadcaster when he's constantly making mistakes probably not by intent. He is getting older. I would like for Dick to retire and call it a great broadcasting career while he can.”

When Zach H. asked, “We’re really discussing the TV guy and not the team?” Adler responded, “With the amount of complaints I get, yes. I thought it was time to put some solid numbers together instead of saying people are complaining a lot.”

There are fans, though, who want Enberg to stay. “He's not the greatest,” Daniel B. wrote, “but i feel like he adds something to watching the games.” Craig C. wrote, “Great grasp of the history of the game with his anecdotes. Mudd and Enberg have great chemistry. Clearly this is age discrimination [to] try to get rid of Dick!!”

As of 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 17, the poll results stood at 149 votes of “no” on Enberg’s return for the 2012 season; 56 votes of “yes.”

“I get the sense,” Adler says, “that there are more people who feel passionately that they don’t want him back than there are those who feel passionately about him staying....

"I have a lot of respect for what Dick Enberg has done in his career. He is a broadcasting legend and no one wants to take that away from him. The reason for the poll [is] to allow fans to voice their opinions and tell us what they want for the 2012 Padres TV broadcast.”

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Friarhood July 19, 2011 @ 12:22 a.m.

For those interested, you can view the poll and many of the comments mentioned in this story if you follow the link below. http://on.fb.me/n98njV


bald_eagle312 July 19, 2011 @ 7:35 a.m.

Dick Enberg has done an excellent job and has great chemistry with Mark Grant. Dick brings a wealth of baseball knowledge and his stories of the history of baseball are wonderful. I believe that as the Padres' season has slipped there are calls for changes. The broadcast team is not responsible for the Padres' play on the field. Being a small market team it is tough to compete against the large market teams on a day-by-day basis. The Padres have an exciting group of young players and I believe that they are trying to field a winning team.

With a "vote" of just more than 200 people - I am surprised this article made it onto the Yahoo News section. Like a lot of blogs its a minority of people who make noise and the majority are silent. Dick Enberg is an excellent broadcaster and the majority of Padre fans look forward to his "Oh My" call of Padre games for many years to come.


felicity July 19, 2011 @ 1:24 p.m.

Enberg is fun to listen to - I vote for retiring Mark Grant - Mr. Shalala - what a dope


kmase July 19, 2011 @ 3:02 p.m.

I'm afraid Padre fans have gotten too used to "homers", a steady diet of Ted Leitner and others who are not embarrassed to call them "my Padres". ala Ken Harrelson of the White Sox. I suspect most have not heard much of a balanced broadcast, the home team announcers will always know more about their team and it's important to share that but good broadcasters describe the action and fill the gaps with anecdotes, they don't blatantly root for their team. I think Dick is a very good, mostly unbiased broadcaster, that said he is making a too many mistakes and that's kind of sad because I suspect what SD fans will get next is a return to "homerism".


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