Survey: Phils announcers tied for 7th in rooting for home team

Tom McCarthy (left) and Chris Wheeler in the television broadcast booth at Citizens Bank Park. (Jarid Barringer/Staff Photographer)

The Phillies’ announcing team of Tom McCarthy and Chris Wheeler were tied for seventh in a Wall Street Journal survey of the most biased announcers.

The Journal monitored each of major league baseball’s broadcast teams for one game. Its criteria was the number of comments that were perceived as biased, including the use of words like “we”, “us”, or “our”; referring to a player by a nickname; or blatantly rooting for the home team.

The White Sox’ announcing team of Ken Harrelson and Steve Stone were considered the most biased, with 104 biased comments.

Second was the Indians (23 comments), followed by the Pirates (20), Astros and Marlins (15) and Diamondbacks (12).

The Phillies announcers were graded to have nine biased comments and were tied with the Orioles, Nationals, Padres and Twins. The Journal used this example of bias from the Phillies’ announcers: “I think we need to get another run, keep that tying run farther away in the ninth.”

Five teams had zero biased comments: the Blue Jays, Yankees, Mets, Red Sox and Dodgers.