MASN play-by-play broadcaster Gary Thorne's main goal is to call each and every Orioles game from a fan's perspective, something that was very apparent during the Orioles' 19 games against the New York Yankees this season.
Infielder Gleyber Torres, 22, is batting .282/.349/.521 with 26 homers and 69 RBIs during his second year with the Yankees, but what really stands out are his power numbers against the Orioles. In 17 games against the Orioles this season, Torres hit 13 homers, exactly half of his current season total and the most homers ever for an individual player against a division opponent.
At the center of it all was Thorne, who has garnered attention for his humorous reactions to each home run Torres managed to hit against the Orioles.
However, when asked to come up with any ideas on how to stop Torres, Thorne was at a loss.
"No, if I could do that I'd just retire and make a billion dollars," Thorne said on
Glenn Clark Radio
Aug. 14. "The Orioles are making mistake pitches to him and he's hitting them out. ... Oriole pitchers, when he comes up, tend to be a little too fine, they're trying to be too good against him."
The Yankees mashed 61 homers against the Orioles and averaged 7.9 runs per game this season. That led to an impressive 17-2 record against the Orioles in 2019. The two teams next meet on Opening Day in 2020.
For Thorne, he hopes his commentary reflects how every fan feels watching the games.
"I try and present to the people listening or watching what I would want to hear or see as a fan. I am a fan," Thorne said. "You're not going to try to obscure what Torres has done against the Orioles. ... I think I have an obligation to present those [stories]."
Current YES Network broadcaster and former Yankees player Paul O'Neill snuck into the MASN booth after Torres hit his 13th home run against the Orioles.
"I know Paul, we talked, I really like him, he's a great guy, and we've known each other for a long time," Thorne said. "It was just done on the spur of the moment. He really surprised me when he came in, and I was laughing, told him to go back to his own booth, of course. ... It was great."
Though Thorne realizes the current situation on the diamond is less than ideal, he feels the rough outings by Orioles pitchers against the Yankees can be looked at in a somewhat positive light since it's given pitchers who are fighting for their big-league future a chance to develop their stuff against the best of the best.
"You want your guys to be facing these kinds of hitters because that's how they're going to learn to get them out," Thorne said. "... These guys are fighting for their major-league lives; this is an opportunity to be a major-league player."
"How many of these guys are going to be on the roster next year when the season starts? ... There's a lot at stake for these individual players," Thorne added.
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