Dave Niehaus is already in the Hall of Fame. But Rick Rizzs is actually better. Having ascended slowly but surely through the Midwestern minor-league broadcasting

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Best Mariners Broadcaster

Rick Rizzs

Dave Niehaus is already in the Hall of Fame. But Rick Rizzs is actually better. Having ascended slowly but surely through the Midwestern minor-league broadcasting ranks, Rizzs loves Bull Durham and doesn't put much stock in the Moneyball-fueled statistical revolution. His calls are soothing and informative, as sunny as baseball should be, even on a gray day. True, he fled to Detroit for a couple of years, a defection that ultimately proved a failure, but who cares? Rizzs, the Scottie Pippen of Safeco's press box, is by far the sharpest baseball analyst this town has ever seen, even if his glasses are a little too rose-colored at times. And it was Rizzs (aka "the Rizzsa"), not Niehaus, who had the balls to record a rap song about Ken Griffey Jr. —Mike Seely

 
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