Wayne Hagin
Wayne Hagin

Wayne Hagin was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on April 26, 2010, February 15, 2012, and January 4, 2014.

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  • Broadcaster: Radio 2008 - 2011

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Shickhaus Franks
July 13, 2008
Wayne has been a great pickup for the Mets in 2008. He's got a wonderful sounding voice, knows the game and compliments Howie Rose.

July 24, 2008
Including Fran Healy and Steve Zabriskie, Wayne Hagin is the absolute worst announcer the Mets have ever had. He sounds too much like Rush Limbaugh and doesn't know the game whatsoever. Where did they get this guy?!?!

Here are a couple of Haginisms from this past week:

Wednesday night against the Philles. John Maine had run the count to 3-1 to Chase Utley in the fourth inning. Hagin: "If you're John Maine, you don't want to walk Utley in this spot. Because after him comes Burrell and Howard. And you just can't let them beat you." Obviously Maine didn't want to walk Utley, but what's the difference between Utley beating you or Burrell or Howard beating you? Utley is actually the best out of those three players this year. Should you groove a fastball to him so he can hit it 450 feet?

Last week, Jose Reyes was leading off the game in Cincinnati, when Hagin began clumsily spewing stats. "Jose Reyes is second in the National League in hitting this year. (Two-second pause) At least in terms of hits accumulated. He has 198 hits this year!" Really, Wayne? Reyes has 198 hits through mid-July? Pretty good. I think he's going to set some type of record. And who ever refers to a leader in hits as "leading the league in hitting?"

Here's some advise for someone who's been listening to Mets games for over 30 years: Speak less and let Howie and Eddie get a few words in from time to time. They actually know what the hell is going on!

Caitlin Gardner
September 12, 2008
I think he does a solid job. He is neither the best announcer nor worst announcer. He and Howie seem to have found their niche together and I hope he returns to do games next season and hopefully it will all be on WFAN.

Steve Z.
May 15, 2009
Someone should get this Hagin-guy a fast forward button for Christmas....he's constantly 5 seconds behind the play.

I attribute that to his "aww, shucks" back-country delivery -- it's not often that you hear the crowd's reaction BEFORE the announcer in the booth begins to describe what's taking place.

If you like that kind of shpiel, then Hagin's definitely your guy.

Small-time guy on the biggest of big-market broadcasts.

If the Mets were smart, then they'd turn the page on this guy...post-haste. He brings Rose down in the booth -- Howie's aces.

Shickhaus Franks
June 9, 2009
Second year as Mets announcer and he's still doing an outstanding job.

Last year Ed Coleman did an interview with Wayne on WFAN and they talked about his career. He told the story about what happened on April 20, 1999 in Littleton, Colorado while he was working for the Colorado Rockies who were supposed to play the Montreal Expos that Tuesday night at Coors Field, but the tragic shootings at Columbine High School happened and the game that night (and the next night) were postponed out of respect for the victims.

community chest
April 9, 2011
Hagin sounds so much like Al Gore that I can't listen to him. I keep expecting him to segue into a diatribe about global warming.

Jonathan Stern
April 27, 2011
Come on! He sounds nothing like either Rush Limbaugh or Al Gore. I though this was ultimateMets.com, not foxnews.com.

Wayne Hagin is a likable guy with an excellent speaking voice who, I think, knows his baseball, particularly pitching, which he describes very well. And he tells interesting stories from time to time. Unfortunately, I agree with someone above - Hagin is often behind in calls and his delivery can be ragged, with occasional stuttering when he tries to regroup. I know we were spoiled by the likes of Gary Cohen and Bob Murphy, who almost never missed a call and whose deliveries were smooth and secure. Come to think of it, the same could be said about Howie Rose and Ed Coleman, while Tom McCarthy was fine in his two-year stint in Flushing. Hagin seems a step or two down from all of them. And his home run call (KISS IT GOODBYE!!) usually seems excessive and tacked-on. Make no mistake - you could do worse than Hagin. But we've had better.

community chest
August 14, 2011
I'm also getting tired of Hagin agreeing wholeheartedly with every single thing that comes out of Howie Rose's mouth. "You're right about that, Howie." "That's an excellent observation, Howie." "You're right on the money with that one, Howie." "Couldn't agree with you more, Howie." "Words of wisdom, Howie." "That's an excellent point, Howie!" Tim McCarver was/is Howie's Rose's superior in every aspect of baseball analysis, and even Steve Zabriskie didn't kow-tow to him the way that Hagin does to Howie Rose! Your assignment, Wayne, should you choose to accept it, is to find some area of meaningful disagreement between yourself and your partner behind the mic. And remember: when two partners agree on everything, one of 'em ain't necessary.

Felix Ungel
August 14, 2011
No matter how much I try I just can't get used to this guy's voice. He doesn't sound like a sportscaster. To me he sounds like a guy who won a "chance to call an inning" contest.

Matt Walsh
October 1, 2011
Wayne is by far one of the nicest guys I have ever met.The New York Mets are lucky to have him representing thier organization.

Don L
November 20, 2013
Just an incredibly dull listen.

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