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UPDATE: Joe Morgan to work for the Reds, will still broadcast for ESPN

Apr 21, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

UPDATEJohn Fay tweets that Joe Morgan’s job with the Reds will not affect his Sunday Night Baseball job because (a) his job with the Reds will not be in day-to-day operations and (b) the Reds aren’t scheduled to be on Sunday Night Baseball this year. 

In other words, because the job is merely ceremonial and because the Reds kind of stink, we get to continue to invite Joe Morgan into our homes every Sunday evening. Glad tidings!

1:15 P.M: No idea if this will impact his ESPN duties in any way, shape or form, but the Cincinnati Reds are holding a press conference at 4:30 today to introduce Joe Morgan as a “Special Advisor for Baseball Operations.”

One would think such a title — unless totally ceremonial — would present some sort of conflict of interest issue for ESPN given that, you know, the guy does opine on other baseball teams for a living. If he’s doing substantive work for the Reds, wouldn’t the media access provided by his credential provide some sort of unfair scouting advantage? How many teams allow other teams’ front office personnel in their clubhouse and talk about injuries and hitting approaches and stuff with them? 

But I’m sure we’ll learn more about that at the press conference.

  1. BC - Apr 21, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    John Madden was a consultant for the Raiders while he was a broadcaster, and no one said anything then.
    But then again, there were actually people that LIKED John Madden as a broadcaster, as opposed to Mr. Morgan.

  2. smsetnor - Apr 21, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Oh good Lord in Heaven, we may finally have this guy off of the air. Atheists everywhere might be changing their religion as this could be the best proof that there is a God.

  3. smsetnor - Apr 21, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Oh good Lord in Heaven, we may finally have this guy off of the air. Atheists everywhere might be changing their religion as this could be the best proof that there is a God.

  4. Dan W - Apr 21, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    For what it’s worth…a friend of mine was at a dinner where Aaron Boone told him that the “plan” was Morgan was leaving at the end of the year and he may be the one replacing him….

  5. GimmeSomeSteel - Apr 21, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. It’s fair that we in Cincinnati should have to take on a greater burden (more Joe Morgan) in order to benefit the rest of the baseball world (less Joe Morgan).
    Captcha: “bellow responsible”

  6. Matt in Toledo - Apr 21, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    They’re hiring him to tell them when Aroldis Chapman REALLY is throwing 100 mph.

  7. GimmeSomeSteel - Apr 21, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. It’s fair that we in Cincinnati should have to take on a greater burden (more Joe Morgan) in order to benefit the rest of the baseball world (less Joe Morgan).
    Captcha: “bellow responsible”

  8. Josh Fisher - Apr 21, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    Here’s hoping for a one-day FJM comeback the first time Joe tells us he’s “not close enough to the situation” to opine on how the suspension will affect Volquez.

  9. LKS - Apr 21, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    I like Captain Obvious. He had one of the funniest moments ever for me watching a ball game when he was calling a Yankee/ Red Sox game, Tim Wakefield pitching to AROD. Wakefield winds up and Morgan was saying “..a lot of the time you can’t really tell when a knuckleballer makes a mistake with a pitch unless the batter crushes it.”
    As Morgan finishes his sentence, AROD crushes one and Morgan doesn’t even draw a breath, just says “Just like that!”
    Good stuff.

  10. peteinfla - Apr 21, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    God bless you and all Reds fans for your sacrifice. Anything to get him off the ESPN airwaves, although thanks to the fine MLB network, we don’t have to hear him quite as often anyway. Perhaps thoughm if he really does leave, I will be able to watch a game on ESPN, AND have the volume on on my TV.

  11. scatterbrian - Apr 21, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    Aaron Freakin’ Boone?! He has no business replacing Joe Morgan. Boone has proven he knows next to nothing about Morgan’s daughters and their athletic accomplishments.

  12. tm - Apr 21, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Where’s Ken Tremendous when you need him?

  13. Kevin S. - Apr 21, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Does it create a conflict? Perhaps, but before he took over as GM, Steve Kerr was in the ownership group of the Suns while calling TNT games with Marv Albert.

  14. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Apr 21, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    +1

  15. Bapak - Apr 21, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    Oddly, Dave Winfield’s positions with ESPN and with the San Diego Padres go unmentioned.

  16. David Walker - Apr 21, 2010 at 4:32 PM

    I can’t stand to listen to Joe Morgan. He really seems to believe stupid things he says like “with runners on base, a base hit is better than a home run because it keeps the momentum going”. I call bull on that. A home run is always better than a base hit!
    He also thinks that strike 2 is the “most important” strike. Or was it strike 1, I can’t remember. I think strike 3 is the most important strike!

  17. JC Lives - Apr 21, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    Oddly, John Hart’s position with the Texas Rangers while on MLB Network isn’t mentioned either.

  18. The Rabbit - Apr 21, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    After reading the update, it appears that atheists everywhere can remain firm in their beliefs and agnostics can continue to remain on the fence.

  19. JBerardi - Apr 21, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    Awww man… all the years of ridicule, and Joe Morgan is less fired than ever!

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