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Dibble's Nats departure permanent

Posted on: September 1, 2010 6:10 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 6:10 pm
Rob Dibble
Rob Dibble's swift fall from grace as Nationals color announcer is now complete, as the team announced Wednesday that he's out for good, according to

The former major-league reliever had been off (supposedly at his own request) since making critical comments August 24 about rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg on his satellite radio show, including saying Strasburg should "suck it up." The comments were not well-received at the time, and they looked even worse when it was discovered that Strasburg had a torn ligament and needed Tommy John surgery.

Less than two week earlier, Dibble had angered fans with comments during a game broadcast about two women talking in the stands. Dibble said the women weren't paying attention to the game and were probably talking about shopping.

Dibble compounded the Strasburg mess by going on the radio on Monday trying to say his words (you know, the ones that were recorded and sent all over the world electronically) were "twisted" by "sick individuals in cyberspace." On behalf of all sick individuals in cyberspace, let me extend my least sincere apologies.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 5:20 pm

Dibble's Nats departure permanent

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Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: September 3, 2010 12:46 am

Dibble's Nats departure permanent

Top 5 "color guys" in baseball. IMO of course

1) Mike Krukow (Giants)
2) Steve Stone (W Sox, former Cubs/ESPN)
3) Bert Blyleven (Twins)
4) Don Sutton (Braves, one time Nats)
5) The truck guy feeding Vin Scully childhood stories of players.

Dibble would fit perfectly with Hawk Harrelson.

Dibble: In my day, I'd throw some cheese around his eye balls.

Hawk: When I played, Catfish Hunter knocked everyone on their keysters, except Yaz. Ohhh, the man Yazzzz.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2010 6:26 pm

Dibble's Nats departure permanent

You shouldn't have slept through history class.  "... freedom of speech"?  The Bill of Rights states "CONGRESS shall may no law...", NOT Washington Nationals.

Since: Feb 25, 2010
Posted on: September 2, 2010 6:09 pm

Dibble's Nats departure permanent

It was an overall GREAT decision by the Natinals. This guy was an idiot; the only time this guy speaks up is to insult a player that was generally NOT on the Natinals. I'm actually surprised he criticized someone ON the Nats. I remember when the Orioles swept the Natinals earlier this year, all he did was try to explain how Jeremy Guthrie is not a good pitcher(despite him having a lead against the team he broadcasts for); generally he speaks out of his ass and this is no exception. I'm an O's fan but i would occasionally turn on the Nats to laugh at their franchise in general, but I would literally have to mute it due to the ignorant garbage this dude would cough up. This is the best thing to happen to this franchise this year. It's no wonder he gets fired from every broadcasting job he has ever had.

Since: Jul 24, 2010
Posted on: September 2, 2010 5:54 pm

Dibble's Nats departure permanent

You are spot on! Amen

Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2010 5:51 pm

Dibble's Nats departure permanent

Why not blame that camera-person for putting it on those two fans?  I don't get what you expected to hear from the announcers?   When the camera-person in charge points it at them and you have specifically trained them to make comments you get comments.  Crazy stuff, it's like the director for that broadcast is guilty of nothing here, the training is all his.  Why did the director of the telecast even put that on their monitor screen in the first place?  See, I don't see what is so shocking about creating forced conversation amongst your sportscasters and then criticizing them for the comment.

Not shocking to hear Rob state the obvious about how all fans act at a stadium.  What is so offensive about him stating the obvious about all sports fans?  Or do we really need to reference it as only being about women, simply because some people wanted to choose to read more then the obvious into it? 

Shocking.  People talk about other things at sporting events, I never knew that this was new information to everyone in the city of Washington.  I am impressed by how poorly educated the people of that metropolis clearly are.

It has only been going on since the Romans made their famous colliseum over 2 centuries ago, and even earlier then that.  Get with the times.  I lols at this being made into an issue.  LOL!!!!  People live in a strange reality it seems. 

Doing this stuff for over 2 centuries and now being offended by someone stating the obvious............................



Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2010 5:33 pm

Dibble's Nats departure permanent

Makaroni -- Don Cooper, the White Sox pitching coach, predicted Stasburg's injury...

Cooper told MLB Network Radio in July that the "real concern is what I call an upside-down arm action" -- or the "inverted W," as others call it. When Strasburg went on the disabled list with shoulder stiffness last month, Cooper was prescient, not that he wanted to be.

"I am not wishing this guy bad," Cooper said at the time, "but for him to be having problems right now when they are really, really watching him, what are they going to see when they are trying to get 220 innings from him? He does something with his arm action that is difficult, in my mind, to pitch a whole lot of innings on."

Cooper did not want to address Strasburg's mechanics specifically in the aftermath of the pitcher's injury, but he did discuss mechanics in general, as he relates it to the White Sox pitching program as a whole.

"We have a decent idea of the better working deliveries," Cooper said Saturday. "Our pitching coaches and our trainers and our conditioning guys take good care of them. We are able to make adjustments to deliveries we feel might be threatening to health.

"Everybody says you can't prevent (injuries). Listen, I differ with a lot of people with what they are saying. I'm not going to go into the Strasburg thing, but there are things you can do. I'm not going to say what they are. I believe we have a pretty good handle on them."

How's that for genius? 

Since: Oct 6, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2010 5:10 pm

About Time

Honestly, I have the package, so when I watch the Braves play the Nats, and its in Nationals Park, I have to listen to this guy, and he has got to be by far the worst announcer in the league. He is so one sided, wishing against players of the other teams, and just being a bonehead up there. There is not an announcer in the league that I would rather seen gone, and hopefully this guy stays away from baseball as a whole, as hes a douche.

Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2010 4:53 pm

Has anyone ever listened to a Mets broadcast?

If you have ever watched a Mets game with Keith Hernandez in the booth, you have heard much worse. Keith's unfiltered commentary is half the reason I watch the games. Dibble didn't do anything wrong. The Nats are a joke for firing a commentator over criticism of a player. Honest opinions are refreshing. They must only want "homers" in the booth like the Yankees have.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2010 4:47 pm

Dibble's Nats departure permanent

To Cubswin08--Stone's comments were vastly different from Dibble's misinformed, hypocritical, and reactionary opinions. Stone questioned some of the decisions made by players on the field and manager (Dusty Baker) and provided clear reasons for such criticism. The players and manager reacted by questioning his loyalty, but did not question his logic. Dibble, on the other hand, is just another "shoot first and think about it later" commentator who mistakes ill conceived opinions for "speaking one's mind." His comments require no mind, just reflex and an ability to utter. I wish more color commentators took the role seriously as Stone does--we could actually get interesting insights rather than mindless drivel.

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