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For years, I have insulted baseball legend Joe Morgan over and over again. His poor, uninformed commentary on what’s supposed to be the game of the week just didn’t do it for me. Jon Miller, a good play-by-play man 30 years ago, has also lost some luster, though Morgan has brought him down even more.
Finally, ESPN has listened to the masses! They have decided to let Morgan’s contract expire, and have offered the departing Miller a chance to call their Sunday night games on the radio. Miller, the Giants play-by-play man, has a decision to make. Morgan, meanwhile, is out of work.
ESPN is expected to offer Dan Schulman the play-by-play job, Orel Hershiser the color-commentary job, and former Mets manager Bobby Valentine a color job in the booth should he not get a managerial job in the majors. Will that be good enough to replace Joe and Jon? Sure. Two journalism students would be good enough.
Finally, there will be no more assertions that Billy Beane wrote “Moneyball.” We won’t hear that the “Moneyball” strategy is nice, but it can’t win in October.
We’ll never hear that the Red Sox “didn’t try hard enough” and “gave up too early” when they were seven games out in September.
We’ll stop hearing Miller mention Morgan’s playing career at least six times per game: “Joe, you’ve turned a few double plays in your day” or “Joe, you know a thing or two about Gold Glove defense.”
No more talk about how Barry Bonds is an amazing player, how steroids may not have affected his playing career that much, and how impossible it seems that the Giants ever could win a World Series without him. Enough about “Barry”…enough!
A few things, however, will remain the same:
The Home Run Derby telecast will still suck with or without Morgan. ESPN Sunday Night Baseball will still feature the Red Sox and Yankees at least five times a year.
Tim McCarver is still on the air.