WOR interested in Floyd, Hamilton; Lewin’s role uncertain; Coleman staying with WFAN

radio_mic1The Mets and WOR radio plan to speak with former Met Cliff Floyd about a possible role on their radio broadcast, although it is unclear whether or not Josh Lewin will return in 2014 (Puma).


Jan. 21: Darryl Hamilton is also a possibility to join the broadcast (Puma).

In addition, Ed Coleman will stay with WFAN as their beat reporter for the Mets, and not join the broadcast team on WOR (Raissman).

In early January, Lewin told WFAN’s Sid Rosenberg he expects to make the move from WFAN to WOR, though things were still being worked out (MetsBro, Jan 1).

Michael Baron, Contributor

It would be a real shame if this group breaks up. At the very least, I hope Lewin joins Howie Rose for the play-by-play, as he’s been a fantastic addition to the team over the last couple of years. There is a lot of chemistry between Lewin, Coleman and Rose, and I enjoy listening to them. They all do a great job painting a picture through audio; I always know exactly what is happening without seeing the game when I listen to them.
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metfan8669
metfan8669

What is Baron talking about?  He has to be buddies with Lewin.

Tugboat25
Tugboat25

Josh Lewin sounds like a precocious eighth grader calling Mets games.  

Ted Markowitz
Ted Markowitz

Love Eddie C. as a person and wish him well, but honestly speaking he has never been the most assertive questioner when tough questions needed to be asked. He has always seemed a bit of a "homer" to me without a lot of analytical insight. I'd like to see more people like Keith H. who are willing to call a spade a spade and not always accept the "Nuke LaLoosh" school of pat, meaningless cliche answers.

cj1786
cj1786

It makes sense that Ed Coleman would stay with WFAN.  He had a larger role with the station than just doing the Mets pregame.  He was their beat reporter in addition to his other roles outside of the Mets.  He often filled in on air for other host as well as did part of the Sunday morning football pregame on the station.  

Dan Asnis
Dan Asnis

Cliff Floyd and Darryl Hamilton may have similar roles to what Jim Duquette had the last two seasons. Basically doing color with Howie Rose or Josh Lewin when one of the two are calling a Islanders Hockey game, Chargers Football game or are given some time off.


LordAl
LordAl

If WOR was smart they hire Rickey Henderson for the broadcast booth

Adam Smith
Adam Smith

I will be hugely disappointed if they replace Josh Lewin.  When I heard that they were considering replacing Howie, I immediately lost all faith in the WOR brass.  This is the best radio voice for any team in America (I've heard a lot of them).  His rapport with Josh (what a huge step up from Hagin) is reason enough to keep the team together.  I was very pleased to hear that Mets ownership stepped in on that one.  I didn't know they had that much sense.  Coleman is so-so, sometimes very good, sometimes overtalking and missing the important point or question.  If you want to make a change, that's the place to do it. 


Replace Howie?  Seriously?  WTF were they thinking to even consider that?  Howie stays until he retires, then has his earpiece retired and put on the wall in CF.

ladymetfan
ladymetfan

Why Daryl Hamilton? I can see Daryl STRAWBERRY, maybe. Change for the sake of change is stupid. Changing things up for a spicy variety is good, sometimes. When we win the Gold ,why not change the singing of the National Anthem at the Olympics to another song, say, a Beyoncé song because no one knows the words anymore to the Star Spangled Banner? "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"= priceless

#MustKeepHowie

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

I like Cliff and I like Hammy and i rather have Cliff but either guy is good with me. there was a time when the Mets rotated the Tv and Radio guys with Ralph, Bob Murphy and Lindsey Nelson and it was great  

Scott Kelton
Scott Kelton

Floyd Should be on the bench as hitting coach first, But ill take him in the booth too ! 

11gilkey
11gilkey

Why do Mets fans love Howie Rose so much?  What am I missing?  I can't stand his voice.  He's very nerdy and i think overrated by Mets fans.  

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

Eddie Coleman is great to have at WFAN because he represents the Mets on a channel that we use to have and Sweeny did the Yankees report and was widely respected there so its just the oppesite . They will have Mets issues on that shows but not the games . Eddie gives the same reports . he is a reporter so its not the same as a game announcer. we will be fine with Cliff or Lewin. or both. 

sayhey24
sayhey24

Love Howie. I never warmed up to Lewin. He is not terrible, but something about his voice and mannerisms that just don't click with me. I think having Howie do all the play by play and a former player doing the color will work well.

Jeff Lubatkin
Jeff Lubatkin

Love Howie.  Like Lewin.  Uncle Cliff would be nice.  Never been able to warm up to "Eddie C".

Eric
Eric

I really, really like listening to Lewin and Rose during a game.  I hope they don't break up that tandem.  


I don't have any idea how good Floyd is, but I question the need to add an ex player to the mix.  

@Brother Blaque
@Brother Blaque

Josh Lewin is a corn ball good riddance....I like Eddie Colman....Cliff Floyd would be a good choice for that radio station considering what type of station it is. 

Hopefully I can catch all the games on SIRIUSXM if necessary and not have to go near WOR.

Bad enough I'll have to hear their commercials about their shows.  

Joe Wenzel
Joe Wenzel

Wow WOR wanted to can Howie Rose too until Mets Brass stepped in.  I would have never seen that coming.

30yrmetfan
30yrmetfan

I'm good with both being gone. Coleman is the most drab personality I've ever heard covering sports and he acts like he doesn't want to be there. Lewin sounds like Casey casum and his jokes and pop culture references make me feel like I'm listening to a bad episode of family guy.

metfan8669
metfan8669

Yes to coleman, no to Lewin.  That guy over emphasizes his "radio voice".

Coleman seems, in my opinion, to be way more natural.

Mets really need to get smart with this segment of their business also.   WFAN was once METS RADIO.  They need to get a station and stick to it.

Will I have to turn on WFAN after a game to get Steve Summers?

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

Cliff Floyd on the mike....now, that's interesting.

rico
rico

Will Howie Rose ever change "put it in the books" to "upload it to wiki" ?

Jorge Julio Franco
Jorge Julio Franco

Rose and Lewin have a very fluid, sort of poetic camaraderie that will certainly be lost and I will certainly miss if a former player is brought in to take Lewins place.

Tugboat25
Tugboat25

Ned Flanders.....I mean Josh Lewin.... might not be joining Howie again this season?


Please move on from Lewin. He's completely tedious and I just can't get passed the Simpsons when I hear his voice.

Mark Phelan
Mark Phelan

What would a Mets' season be without hear Ed Coleman say:  "no question about it" 17 million times?


Cliff Floyd has been a great interview.  Maybe he'd add a lot.  He speaks his mind. 

Daniel Poinsett
Daniel Poinsett

I like the mets radio teams. No homer former players please. Then we are like every scum team. Like the phils

Craig
Craig

I am a huge Floyd fan.  Loved him while he was on the team.  Only saw him once or twice talking baseball, liked him.  That said, I have no opinion how he would do calling a game.  Could see him as a radio version of Keith.  I would give him a try. 

Scott Kelton
Scott Kelton

Cliff Should be with the team as a coach ! has more experience than anyone else there now ! 

charlienel
charlienel

josh lewin calls a terrible game,he rarely tells you where the pitch was and what it was, i need to know how a pitcher is pitching a batter its not just and the pitch comes in, swung on……..

fatherflot
fatherflot

Does anyone remember how painful it was to listen to poor Howie try to compensate for that black hole of charisma, Wayne Friggin Hagin?


Josh and Howie = The two goofiest dads at the Bar Mitzvah.  They are an awesome team, the best reason to listen to the Mets for the past two years.  

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

Would Uncle Cliffy be a 3rd man in the radio booth? He seems to me like a straight color man and I cant see him splitting play by play duty. If not I'd guess Howie would call the entire game which would be good. But they'd need to hire a backup play by play guy to have on hand when Howie can't make the game.

Lucy Bean
Lucy Bean

Please get rid of josh and his lisp

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

If there's one thing right about this organization, it's their broadcast teams.  The absolute best thing about this ballclub.  Josh Lewin has a bit of a lisp that can be distracting.  Aside from that he's a good listen.  

getalife
getalife

Really hope Josh comes back.  He and Howie really developed into a great team.  Love all the Seinfeld references and his "what did we learn today?"     

Joe Wenzel
Joe Wenzel

@cj1786 Plus he's probably vested in WFAN's pension - economically it would not be wise to leave.

cactus
cactus

@11gilkeyhe grew up a met fan on the streets of brooklyn.  he's one of us.

sayhey24
sayhey24

I think fans like Howie BECAUSE he is a nerd. He is a walking encyclopedia of Mets history. He has a great passion for the team like we do, but is able to express it on broadcasts without sounding like a total homer. I'm impressed by this.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@Ron Davis From what I've seen of Cliff Floyd, he is very good.  I think he would be a great addition.  Haven't heard Hamilton at all. 

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

@sayhey24its hard because it was his first year. here . I know him from his Texas Rangers days and he is real good just give it time thats what i would tell WOR give him some time. you can't keep changing guys. I know Cliff would do a great job.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@metfan8669I agree -- Lewin was OKAY but sounded a bit phony (seemed like a nice enough guy who knew his stuff to this amateur, but sounded forced). Let's be honest -- who cares (if they get a good replacement) if he goes? 

Cliff Floyd is an interesting idea there. I liked him & open to that. Coleman is a big loss. And, not hearing "and now STEVE SOMERSSSSSSS" is like an end of an era. I wonder how he feels.

Thomas Reetz
Thomas Reetz

He had been doing Rays games before joining MLBnet

rico
rico

That's funny, "no question" has permeated the sports world for a couple of decades. I have a theory it oddly enough began with John Starks. Listen the WFAN or ESPN and you will hear "no question" and " i gotta be honest" ( also, i'm not going to lie to you)..50 times a day. At least Eddie C makes it his own with "no question about it!"

Put that in the books

rico
rico

Or the Yankees

Lucy Bean
Lucy Bean

@Macacawitz his lisp is horrible.  It drives me nuts trying to "listhen" to that guy talk.  

Alan J Tepper
Alan J Tepper

@getalife I respect your opinion, but personally, I am not a fan of the "what did we learn today?" at the end of each game. 

11gilkey
11gilkey

@sayhey24 That's a fair point.  I hardly ever listen to the Mets on radio because I live out of state but I remember when Howie did the TV broadcasts with Fran Healy and boy were they bad.  Maybe if I listened to the Mets on radio more often I would have a different perspective.  Growing up in NY I loved Cohen and Murphy on the radio.  They were fantastic.  And Cohen and Hernandez are fantastic.  Ron is decent.  I'm probably treating Howie unfairly.  

sayhey24
sayhey24

You are probably right. New broadcasters are usually an acquired taste. I was around during the Nelson and Murphy days and I think it won't ever get better than that. They perfected the art of keeping things interesting, even when the club was bad.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@Thomas Reetz He's very good.  I don't think anyone will be disappointed listening to Cliff.

Alan J Tepper
Alan J Tepper

@rico So you remember when Sterling and Waldman were double-play partners?