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Joe Morgan Fired! ESPN Lets Morgan, Miller Go From Sunday Night Baseball

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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.

Life Without Joe Morgan

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!

Moving Forward

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.

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10 comments for “Joe Morgan Fired! ESPN Lets Morgan, Miller Go From Sunday Night Baseball”

  1. Jor Morgan’s career is comparable to Jeter’s Gold Glove defense. Despite the fact that they suck, they have continued to be rewarded for it.

    At least for Joe, his run has ended and we can all move on to better things.

    Posted by DanPitrowiski | November 10, 2010, 6:10 pm
  2. AHAHA very true

    Posted by leo | November 11, 2010, 3:47 pm
  3. […] worth noting that there’s an new announce team Sunday nights. Gone are the days of Jon Miller and Joe Morgan, and in are the days of no…not Steve Phillips, but Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser and Bobby […]

    Posted by Red Sox Get Four Games On New ESPN Sunday Night Baseball | Sports of Boston | January 12, 2011, 10:37 pm
  4. Well you seem to be even more uninformed than you accused Joe Morgan of being. He is a genius when it comes to analyzing the game and knowing what is going on in the game. If you bothered to listen to what the man said about the “Game” you would come away a better fan and a better person.

    He has, just this minute, forgotten more about the game than you will ever know. Gawd forbid someone ever be critical about mighty Bahston…

    Posted by Ulysses | April 18, 2011, 8:55 am
  5. You must be a Red Sux fan still bitter because your team got punked by Morgan and the Big Red Machine 35 years ago. Still funny after all these years. Apparently, your team’s centennial world series win and attempt to buy another one isn’t good enough (what a bunch of hypocrites!)
    Have fun listening to the two babbling, egotistical “geniuses” ESPN has in the booth now. Wonder how much Bobby V. will take before he decides to put a beat down on Oral? Hopefully, it won’t it be during commerical break. But hey, its whatever you folks in N.E. want these days. ENJOY!!

    Posted by Jeff Mechling | April 20, 2011, 12:32 pm
  6. Joe Morgan is a scrub thank god he’s gone he may have played but he was a lousy commentator now he can go blow Barry bonds all he wants

    Posted by ship | June 8, 2011, 8:27 am
  7. Joe Morgan and Don Miller and this is my opinion, was 2 of the best BASEBALL COMMENTARY that call the game as they saw it. and all the talk about this and that don’t make no sense. give these 2 men the RESPECT they deserve. also no matter who call the game today, there’s always going to be a CRY BABY. WAKE AND UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE.

    Posted by P T Hines | August 2, 2011, 10:16 am
  8. Thank God Joe’s gone. Nice guy, but every single point he’d make, he’ go and repeat the point two or three times. Joe, Mr. Redundancy, I got the memo the first time. The new team is so insightful and articulate, especially Orel and Bobby.

    Posted by Billy Waters | August 7, 2011, 10:22 pm
  9. Joe Morgan was a great commentator- I’m sad to see him go. He was an extremely savy baseball player which led to some very insightful commentary from the booth. This writer is just a BoSox homer who, like most BoSox fans, can’t stand to have his team criticized. Did Boston give up in September? Absolutely. Not sure why you hold a comment like that against a guy who never understood the word “quit.” And I’m not even a Reds fan. ESPN doesn’t bend to the masses, they bend to the extremely loud and obnoxious Northeast.

    Posted by EMills | September 29, 2011, 8:34 am
  10. Jon Miller is excellent; I feel blessed, living in the Bay Area and listening to him five days a week all summer. (His broadcast partner here, Dave Fleming, is also outstanding; Duane Cuiper and Mike Krukow – eh, not so much.) Joe Morgan meanwhile is not as bad as a lot of people think but not one-fiftieth as good as he thinks he is. Dan Schulman, meanwhile, is the best sports broadcaster of his generation; I can’t believe ESPN took this long to give him the top job. I think it must have been a question of, “How do we gracefully get rid of Joe?”

    Posted by Bob | October 11, 2011, 10:05 pm

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