Saturday, August 28, 2010

Dibble Still in the Penalty Box

Bill Ladson just tweeted that Rob Dibble will not be in the booth for the Nationals today or Sunday. Two things to take from this:
  1. Dibble is clearly in danger of losing his job. If you haven't already, send the good people at MASN a note (and really, in my experience outside of Dibble, they're all pretty good people) encouraging them to keep doing what they're doing and move on from Dibble now. Or Tweet you can tweet it at @MASNSports.
  2. This team really likes to let people twist in the wind before firing them! Jim Bowden, Manny Acta, now Dibs... (and make no mistake, the team is making the call here). I don't know if this is a pattern that Stan Kasten has demonstrated in other jobs, but it's not the cleanest way to do business.
Anyway, I think they're on the right track, so let's not be too critical. Just take a moment and let MASN and the team know that you prefer the Dibble-free broadcasts.


Michael J. Hayde said...

Nuts to that. Going there right now to BEG that Dibble be reinstated and to send that chowderhead Ray Knight back to his less irritating regular role as post-game recapper, where restating the obvious is actually appropriate.

logan said...

Ya know, there are some games where the banter between Carp and Dibs is the most entertaining part of the broadcast, sadly. This feels like Dibble not wanting to be there, which is just bizarre.

logan said...

If this is a case of MASN not letting Dibble back in the booth, then why are both he and MASN saying otherwise?

Brian said...

Could it be that since Dibble has one year remaining on his contract that there are discussions of a buyout?

I personally am enjoying the Dibble-free broadcasts

Dave Nichols said...

Dibble's not going ont he road trip. Can you say "Settlement"?

Michael J. Hayde said...

Sent the message I said I would, and got the following response. Make of it what you will:

Dear Michael,

Thank you for contacting MASN, the local leader in live sports entertainment. We appreciate your comments.

As a baseball fan you know that the baseball season is a marathon, which starts in March and continues through October, as players, managers, and - yes, broadcasters - are on the job nearly every day for more than six months.

MASN's broadcasters may work anywhere from 35-150 games per season, while the alternate personality may be in the booth for the remaining games. From time to time, other commentators from MASN's deep bench of talent are brought into the broadcast, to offer their perspective and inform the game.

At his request, Rob Dibble is taking a few days off, to which he - or any MASN employee - is entitled. Ray Knight will provide expert color analysis with Bob Carpenter for the next few days.

MASN will always strive to produce a first-class broadcast, with the latest technology, video, and special features that bring fans closer to the game.

Thank you for your email and thank you for watching MASN.


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