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BASEBALL: Angel Pagan: ‘Ain-Gel’ or ‘On-Hell’?

Game 2 of the 2012 World Series of tonight, 10/25/2012; saw the San Francisco Giants take a 2-0 lead in games over the Detroit Tigers as Madison Bumgarner, Santiago Casilla and Sergio Romo combined to shut out the Tigers 2-0 while allowing only 2 hits.

In the 8th. Inning Giants’ CFer. Angel Pagan scored on a fly to left by Hunter Pence.  Joe Buck informed us that “Ain-Gel’ Pagan had scored an insurance run.


At my 2009 visit to Citi Field Pagan was referred to as ‘On-Hell’ on the Public Address system of the N.Y. Mets who had Pagan on their roster at the time.

Angel Pagan was originally been drafted by the Mets in 2001 and played for the A-Brooklyn Cyclones in 2002. Pagan is honored at MCU Field for being a Cyclone who made it to the Mets.

Following a  2005 season with Norfolk  AAA the Mets sold him to the Cubs.  Pagan saw his first stint in The Show in 2006 as a 5th. OFer. for the Cubs and continued in that role in 2007.

2008 saw the Cubs trade Pagan to the Mets for Corey Coles and Ryan Myers.

No record is made of what his first name was p[pronounced as.

By 2009 Pagan had become a semi-regular in CF as Carlos Beltran’s knees were transplanted to RF.  It was in 2009 that I saw Pagan at Citi field. The PA system pronounced his name as ‘On-Hell.”

ESPN called him ‘Ain-Gel’.


MLB in the 21st. Century practices political correctness.  The Civil Rights game commemorates Jackie Robinson breaking the color line.  The Mets, among many others; have a Latino Heritage game.  The Mets even have an Asian Night. 

Perhaps the utterance of ‘On-Hell’ is intended to win favor among the Mets‘ large number of Puerto Rican fans.  (The Yankees Latino fan base is largely of Dominican ancestry).

Perhaps ‘On-Hell” was used to  align the devilish connotations of ‘On-Hell’ with the heathen aspect of ‘Pagan’?

I always liked the ‘On-Hell’ version as it seemed properly metaphorical and was proper Spanish to boot.

(As a bartender I have always said “Moe-ay’ rather than ‘Mo-et’).

While the MLB Network always said ‘On-Hell’, ESPN used ‘Ain-Gel”. 

Is this because MLB feels  more proprietary towards the sport it is solely devoted to, while ESPN offers a kind of all-inclusive universe of sport?

The 2012 World Series is being carried by FOX WFXT on Comcast Boston.  Joe Buck and Tim McCarver do the play-by-play and the analysis respectively.  Both of these gentlemen are all too familiar to baseball fans.  Their good points and gaffes are critiqued ad nauseum on websites such as BaseballFever.com

It seems highly unlikely that Mr. Buck and Mr. McCarver are permitted to say player’s names as they please.  Indeed, with fees for the rights to these games spiraling upwards it would seem to this narrator that verbiage is as scripted as that of a check-in clerk at a Marriott.

My question: Why does  FOX use the Anglo phrasing of ‘Ain-Gel’? 

Is FOX  afraid of the “negative” residue of ‘On-Hell’? 

Is alienating the Anglo fan base too much of a risk for advertisers? 

Conversely, is appealing to a Latino demographic perceived as a “don’t go there” for MLB?

If the Latino demographic is not the target market why does MLB Network, which is an arm of MLB ; practice this usage? 

Is the ‘On-Hell’ pronunciation a way of appealing to the devoted baseball clientele that watches MLB while leaving ESPN BASEBALL TONIGHT to the less than devoted?

What, pray tell; is the justification for using ‘Ain-Gel’ when ‘Roberto’ is said as “Ro bair-toe’ by NESN’s Joe Orsillo.

(It is worth mentioning that Orsillo’s NESN cohort Jerry Remy invariably uses the English version).

This inquiring mind would like to know.

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