C’mon, you guys knew this was coming eventually…There is a general sense amongst some of our readers that all we do is bash the Rays media coverage. The truth is we actually admire most of the working media and respect most of their work. We just get a sense that the Rays media coverage can at times be lazy. Just because the Rays were a second-class team for many years doesn’t mean we as fans deserved second-class coverage. So while our frustration can manifest itself at times on this site, we want to know what you guys think of various members of the Rays media coverage. First up…Rays TV play-by-play announcer Dewayne Staats

Dewayne Staats has been broadcasting baseball games for a long, long time. Over 4,000 games. His voice is distinctive and as a play-by-play guy he seems OK to us. He doesn’t really have a signature call, which is not a terrible thing. Many announcers try too hard with a signature call and end up with something ridunculous, like John Sterling of the Yankees. Every single home run call is “It is high, it is far, it is gone!” even if it is a line drive that just clears the fence. In the end all we can really ask of an announcer is that they not ruin the game for us. If they add to it, that is bonus, but we have never felt the urge to mute a Rays game in which Staats was announcing.

But of course what we really love about Staats is his perfect execution of the man-perm. The “merm”, if you will. Staats has the best man-perm since, oh…we don’t know. David Hasselhoff? The Great American Hero? Nope. We take that back. It is the greatest man-perm ever.

Anyway: Do you like the Dewayne Staats? And let’s hear your reasons in the comments…



  1. Anonymous says:


  2. James Lindsey says:

    what about Greg Brady?

  3. Anonymous says:

    i agree that there is nothing bad about Staats. But he is just too boring for me.

    • Dave says:

      SO BORING!!!
      They are playing my favorite team who I rarely get to see that are in the middle of the playoff race and Im thinking of watching Bachalorette in Paradise on demand instead of love pennant race baseball of my fav team I never see because he puts me to sleep!
      I have insomnia and the only thing that puts me to sleep is him. He's like a a double dose of xanax

  4. DirtbagFan says:

    I really enjoying listening to Staats, he isn't too much of a homer- which is usually what makes announcers annoying, and he does a good job of stopping Joe from talking about pitching the whole game.

  5. botw81 says:

    I grew up on Staats calling Astros games. I've always enjoyed his delivery but Magrane is the perfect counterpart for him.

  6. Nick says:

    Give me Dwayne, Joe and Todd over that mess that the Marlins have. Jesus, they are terrible.

    I actually enjoy listening to Staats and Magrane quite a bit. I think they're one of the stronger broadcast teams in MLB.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I like Staats and Kalas. Joe Magrane is a retard though and doesn't really say anything constructive. Just throws out predictions and random statements to try and get a laugh.

  8. DirtbagFan says:

    Magrane has taught my son and I a lot about pitching fundamentals and how different pitches are thrown. He is quite informative (even if he is a 1 trick pony).

  9. sean g says:

    i agree. i have a feeling these numbers will not be nearly as positive for Magrane

  10. Steve says:

    Staats and Magrane are a very good duo. Throw Kalas in there and I believe we have one of the better broadcast teams in baseball.

    People give Magrane a lot of crap, but I enjoy the knowledge he brings. His jokes can be cheesy, but they can also be very funny at times. Like when he said that Marlins pitching coach Mark Wiley was "creating a monster" while talking to Hendrickson...classic.

  11. Anonymous says:

    isn't Staats Dan Wheeler's father-in-law? If so, might that have helped the Rays get Wheeler signed to below-market rate? gotta keep the Mrs. happy.

    that alone would be worth an "approval" vote

  12. Sara says:

    I love Dewayne and what I call his 70s anchorman perm. He is perfect as a play-by-play guy in that you don't even really notice him most of the time while he is calling, his calls just flow right along with your own thought processes during the game. He is great at steering Joe away from long-winded detailed explanations of pitching mechanics. I never hear the word "scrappy" come out of Dewayne's mouth and when Joe starts saying dumb stuff he quickly changes the subject. He also talks stats, REAL stats, which adds to my enjoyment 1000-fold. Plus he seems to love these boys as much as I do without being sickly homeric. Bravo, Staats.

  13. WiNKy Oconklin says:

    Staats is The shit. I never fully realized my love for him and Magrane until i had to watch a Rays game with the Marlin's announcers... what a bunch of douchebags.

  14. Charles says:

    I don't get the Rays on TV up here in Bahston, but I remember him back in his Astros days and I think he's pretty good, or was back then.

    Once we get to the radio guys, I'll be able to give an opinion from this decade.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Magrane and Staats are such a great duo... there is so much innuendo and double-entendre stuff, so many inside jokes with those guys. I've seen all of them on mlb.tv at one point or another, and I think Dwayne, Joe and Todd are among the best in the business, if not the absolute best.

  16. Anonymous says:

    He is horrible..Like a librarian with a sinus infection. He also looks for any possibility to blame other teams payroll for their success. Until this season, what have the rays done with all the luxury tax they get from the sox (both colors) yanks and mets? They are finally selling seats (the same ones that promised discounted papa johns barf pizza if you attended)...if they do win it all it wont be because of staats stellar broadcasting..and they will just be another florida team that disbands and breaks the hearts of their fairweather fans..

  17. Anonymous says:

    I knew Dewayne Staats when he broadcasted the Chicago Cubs. I always enjoyed when he was on the air. Back in 1989, when I driving home from work, I would turn on the radio. Every time I turned it on, I would always know who the Cubs were playing and if they were winning or losing. I always appreciated that!!

  18. Don says:

    Staats loves to hear his voice. A few weeks back he got off a tangent and went on and on and on for an inning and a half with very little attention to the game! The other night Todd K. was with him and was such a breath of fresh air....no ego just good announcing! Time for a change. Brian Anderson does an excellent job of enduring Staats!

  19. Mark says:

    He SUCKS! He is SO BORING! Why do they let him ruin the games!
    HE is the WORST! Is it possible to have a more boring voice with less interesting comments than him. Its the last thing he should be doing for a career and he is the last person they should hire for the job! It baffles my mind how someone so bad and so boring can get that job for so long when so many could do it better simply be being average. He makes it even slower and more boring than it already is. I cant even imagine if I was a Rays fan and had to put up with it the entire history. HE SUCKS! I am an Orioles fan and the only time I am luck to watch the Os game is when they play the Rays and even when there is nothing else to do and could watch something I LOVE, he makes it SO BORING! Everything about him is terrible! His Voice, His comments, his knowledge. FIRE HIM! HE SUCKS SO BAD HOW DO YOU NOT REALIZE THAT!!! An old grandma would think he's too slow. I cant imagine worse! Seriously. How do you not know? I got to grow up with John Miller and Chuck Thompson doing the Orioles games so was spoiled with the best ever, but clearly that Rays guy is the worst. HOW DO YOU NOT KNOW! SO BORING! Makes you fall asleep in a close game let alone blowouts ! Joe Angel on the Os games made blow out better he was so funny.

  20. Dave says:

    I agree with that last rant. It always amazed me how that guy who clearly is bad and not a good talker or even knowledgeable could lock down that job so long. Because he had it first and just never let it go and people feel bad if they fired him? Or do they not realize just how boring he is?
    You are losing the young and even old fans because he simple sounds boring. Even in close games you cant tell. His comments and stories are redundant and not good. I figured he married into the job or his dad owns the station. He isn't good that is for sure. He somehow won awards. How?
    They need new blood. They people the put with him are ok but he brings there energy down.


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