With a record of 51-56 and six teams between them and a wild card berth, one can forgive Texas Rangers fans if they’ve lost interest in their team during what’s been a disappointing season, especially now that they’ve seen the franchise trade their ace, Yu Darvish.
But the same courtesy probably shouldn’t be extended to the Rangers’ broadcast team, who are, you know, paid to pay attention to the team and the presentation of games on television.
To that end, someone dropped the ball on Wednesday during Texas’ 5-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners so hard that it might be the MLB fail of the year.
The broadcast team ran a graphic with the banner: “MOST HR – PLAYERS BORN OUTSIDE U.S.”
But instead of showing the faces of Sammy Sosa, Albert Pujols, Rafael Palmeiro, Manny Ramirez, and David Ortiz, they came up with this:
— Rangers Podcast (@RangersPod) August 2, 2017
There’s so, so much wrong with this MLB fail, but easily the best part is that they almost got one right—if only they hadn’t also been running a second graphic that altered Palmeiro’s name to “Rafael AT&T.” That other graphic appears to be obscuring the career HR tallies of each player named on screen.
While it looks like a complete failure at every turn … well, it is.
But at least we can say the screw-ups all seem to come from one source mistake—the faces incorrectly shown above the names are those of the players born outside the U.S. with the most hits—Ichiro Suzuki, Rod Carew, Palmeiro (third in both!), Adrian Beltre (who’s probably on the broadcast team’s mind for a reason), and Roberto Clemente.
Luckily for the Rangers’ broadcast team at Fox Sports Southwest, they’re not the first to embarrass themselves with a terrible graphic on live TV.
Commenting on the above graphic, a fellow Twitter user shared this fail from 2013:
This one may be worse. (From 2013) pic.twitter.com/mr2OvdLSb5
— JB (@JB_August) August 2, 2017