Best Of 2007

BEST ANNOUNCING TANDEM: Dewayne Staats and Joe Magrane

You could make the argument that calling Devil Rays games on TV is a thankless job, seeing as the team loses about two games for every one win. But we should thank Staats and Magrane for making Rays telecasts watchable and most of the time entertaining. The pair clearly has a home-team bent — that’s pretty much part of the job description — but they handle it with finesse. Further, both are adept at boiling down the game’s nuances and micro-strategies in ways that can be understood by the casual fan. They’re funny in a dry, and sometimes obscure, kind of way. And they seem to be genuinely enjoying their time together in the booth.