With John Gordon stepping down at the end of this season, the Minnesota Twins have posted an opening for a new radio play-by-play broadcaster, we’re told — and we know the perfect guy for the position.
It’s a big decision for the Twins; after all, the team has only had three lead broadcasters since the team moved to Minnesota: Ray Scott (1961), Herb Carneal (1962-2006) and Gordon (2007-2011). Stability and continuity are qualities embraced in the Twins front office, so this decision is a big one.
We’d expect current pregame host Kris Attebury to get some serious consideration; the former St. Paul Saints (independent; American Association) broadcaster has filled in on Twins broadcasts the past few years. But we have someone the Twins should seriously consider: the most talented guy not in an MLB broadcast booth, Mike Capps. We’ve extolled the virtues of Capps before — he was our 2009 Broadcaster of the Year — and he’s gained some national attention as the broadcaster for past Triple-A Championship Games while also working on Major League Baseball games on ESPN Radio. He’s in his 12th season as the voice of the Round Rock Express (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League). An author, reporter, and television anchor, Capps has over 28 years of experience in broadcasting. In addition to his time with WFAA-TV in Dallas, KPRC-TV in Houston, ABC News in St. Louis, and CNN, Capps has also authored a book with legendary scout Red Murff entitled “The Scout: Searching for the Best in Baseball.”
He’s also the kind of guy who would fit in well in Minnesota, the kind of broadcaster who makes others in the booth sound better. (Dan Gladden could certainly benefit from the change.) He also has a skill you don’t find in many contemporary broadcasters: he’s a great storyteller. MLB play-by-play positions don’t open too often, so we’d expect a feeding frenzy for the job — but Capps definitely deserves a shot.
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