Bob Carpenter (sportscaster)
Carpenter in 2011
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Bob Carpenter has been the Washington Nationals TV broadcaster since 2006.
Carpenter served two stints calling television broadcasts for the St. Louis Cardinals, and also spent 16 seasons as a baseball announcer with ESPN, 18 seasons overall with the network, also covering college baseball, basketball and football and minor league baseball in addition to the major leagues. He also served as a team broadcaster for the New York Mets, Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers.
From 1978 until 1984, Carpenter called soccer games for the Tulsa Roughnecks of the NASL and the St. Louis Steamers of the MISL (indoor). He announced 2 World Cups for ESPN; 1982 with Bob Ley and 1994 (10 games) with Seamus Malin and Clive Charles.
In his first major league season, 1984, Carpenter developed his own baseball scorebook. He started marketing it in 1995, and "Bob Carpenter's Scorebook" is now used by many college, major and minor league announcers. It is the most widely-used scorebook in the nation by fans and broadcasters. 
He also called NCAA Basketball on CBS as well as college football and basketball games for USA Sports and Major League Baseball for NBC. In addition to baseball and college sports, Carpenter called tennis (1995 U.S. Open) and golf (Masters 1986-87-88) for USA. Carpenter called 6 NCAA Basketball Tournaments for ESPN and CBS, plus the 2005 Final Four In St. Louis for NCAA International.
Carpenter is a two-time St. Louis-area Emmy Award winner for his coverage of the Cardinals, and has been nominated for 6 Emmys overall; 1 in New York (Mets '92), 4 in St. Louis and 1 in the Washington/Baltimore region (Nationals '08). Carpenter was named the 2014 Washington, DC Sportscaster of the Year (along with Washington Capitals TV voice Joe Beninati) by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. He has called 5 no-hitters: Montreal's David Palmer in 1984, a rain-shortened 5-inning perfect game at St. Louis; Cardinals rookie Jose Jimenez at Arizona in 1999 and rookie Bud Smith at San Diego in 2001 (the 2 most recent St. Louis no-hitters), Washington's Jordan Zimmermann versus Miami at Nationals Park on the last day of the 2014 season, and Washington's Max Scherzer over Pittsburgh at Nationals Park on June 20, 2015. With ESPN, St. Louis and Washington, Carpenter has called numerous division clinchers, and announced the 1996 NLCS for St. Louis on KMOX Radio.
Carpenter also contributes weekly reports to Tulsa-area sports radio station KYAL 97.1 The Sports Animal. He has handled TV play-by-play for University of Oklahoma Basketball since 2002 and in 2012 added Oral Roberts University basketball to his off-season work.
Carpenter is widely regarded as one of the worst play by play men in baseball today. He is considered a homer who sings the praises of the Nationals while constantly downplaying the exploits of the other team, even in games in which the Nationals are clearly outplayed.
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