I’ve seen a few different articles recently concerning the Houston Astros broadcast team at CSN Houston. Let’s take a look at their thoughts on the broadcast.
The folks at awfulannouncing.com asked its many readers to vote on all 30 MLB broadcast teams. The Astros are in a unique spot in that there’s likely a time where at least one fan from every team has heard their broadcast. Though Jim Deshaies is gone, Bill Brown has been with the Astros for quite some time and it’s possible opposing fans from all 29 other teams have heard him over the course of the Astros’ time in both the AL and NL.
On the other hand, CSN Houston is currently only shown in around 40% of Houston homes, likely giving the Astros fewer votes or more negative votes. The Astros ranked 23rd on the Awful Announcing list.
Most popular grade: C (40% of voters)
Analysis: The Astros received the fewest votes of any crew, which isn’t surprising given CSN Houston’s woes. If anyone cared about the Astros and/or received CSN Houston on their cable provider, maybe Brown and Ashby would get some more love.
Jesse Spector (Sporting News) also went in-depth on the Astros broadcast team, watching an Astros-Athletics game this past month. It’s a really good read in which Spector points out things he liked and didn’t like, as well as things he felt they should have done differently.
Spector notes that Brown and Ashby have the tough task of entertaining their viewers during tough Astros games, and ultimately gives them credit for making the Astros “watchable” this season. I encourage you to check out the article, especially if you haven’t had a chance to watch their broadcast.
It’s a tough task for Brownie and Ashby, and they only have another 135 games to go!