By Brian McKenna
I think Jim Edmonds is the greatest Cardinals centerfield of all-time. I also think he has a bright future as a TV analyst because he has a brilliant baseball mind. BUT, MY GOD, WOULD ONE OF HIS BOSSES AT FSM PLEASE TELL HIM TO QUIT SAYING THE WORD "GREAT" FOR EVERY FREAKIN' HIGHLIGHT ON THE FOX SPORTS MIDWEST POSTGAME SHOW? He used it so many times that I actually went back and counted. HE USED IT 23 TIMES IN A 30-MINUTE SHOW. A lil' tip for FSM: If you want him to grow as a broadcaster, DO THE FOLOWING: look up the definition of the word, make him memorize it, show him video of some of his "great" catches and then explain to him that the dictionary is full of other adjectives .
Here is a "great" breakdown of last night's postgame show:
1st segment- 15 times
2nd segment- 5 times
3rd (short segment)- 3 times
23 times he used the word "great" when it was MAYBE appropriate twice: Jon Jay's catch and Kershaw robbing Allen Craig.
This just tells me that one of three things is going on:
A. They don't have anybody at FSM going over the show with him or working with the talent.
B. Edmonds isn't going over his own video like he would his at-bats when he was playing.
C. He's not listening to his bosses. Kind of like Albert Pujols ignoring Jose Oquendo and running through the stop sign at third base.
I doubt it's the latter because I think Edmonds is a competitor who wants to get better. Maybe he doesn't have a "no" guy. A "No Guy" is a friend who isn't afraid to step in and tell you "No."
This guy is good looking, speaks well and knows the game of baseball. He has national talent written all over him. But if he doesn't get some coaching, he will never be a "great" broadcaster.
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