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ESPN to replace Jon Miller, Joe Morgan on Sunday nights

Nov 8, 2010, 6:26 PM EDT

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After 20 years in the booth together, Jon Miller and Joe Morgan are on the way out as ESPN’s broadcast team for Sunday Night Baseball.  The network has declined to renew Morgan’s contract.  Miller is being given the option of staying on as the play-by-play radio voice on Sunday night.

Expectations are that ESPN will turn Miller’s role over to Dan Shulman.  Orel Hershiser, who was the third person in the Sunday night booth last season, will likely remain and could be joined by Bobby Valentine, according to the New York Times report.

Morgan’s departure will be welcomed by many.  While there’s no doubting his knowledge for the game, his biases and his tendency to repeat himself made him a whipping boy in the stats community for many years.  Miller remains among the very best at what he does, but it was probably time for ESPN to bring in some younger blood.  Plus, Miller will continue to get plenty of air time with the Giants.

Personally, I’d rather ESPN go to Jon Sciambi over Shulman, but Sciambi is still something of a newcomer at the network.  The featured role should be his someday.

  1. bloodysock - Nov 8, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    Finally! Amen.

  2. JBerardi - Nov 8, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    Hooray!

  3. andrewkw - Nov 8, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    Yes!

    • Utley's Hair - Nov 8, 2010 at 7:21 PM

      Marv Albert? Is that you?

  4. Utley's Hair - Nov 8, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    Wow…a post combining Where’s Waldo: Bobby V Edition AND Joe Morgan’s exit? There was much rejoicing throughout the land. Matthew, I don’t care what Craig says about you—you kick ass.

  5. Ari Collins - Nov 8, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    This made my night. Although I have heard that Miller’s a lot better as a SF announcer, and not just for being away from Morgan.

  6. schmedley69 - Nov 8, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    Jon Miller is great. I will miss him.

  7. nwgiantfan - Nov 8, 2010 at 8:33 PM

    Personally, I don’t care for any of the network broadcasters. Dick Stockton, are you kidding?, refered to the NY Giants in the 2010 playoffs. I turn off the sound and put on Kruk and Kuip from KNBR.

  8. henryd3rd - Nov 8, 2010 at 8:57 PM

    Two of the classiest broadcasters that have been on the air in the past twenty years. Hall of Famers as well. Having said that 20 years is enough.

  9. jamkarat - Nov 9, 2010 at 12:50 AM

    Respect them both for their accomplishments-That being said-The time is long past. Thank God!!

  10. mrfloydpink - Nov 9, 2010 at 2:13 AM

    No more JoeChats? What will Tito from Brooklyn do?

  11. bh0673 - Nov 9, 2010 at 5:56 AM

    Now let’s hope FOX dumps Buck and McCarver and we all can finally enjoy national broadcasts of MLB.

    • Adam - Nov 9, 2010 at 8:28 AM

      Amen to that one. They have ruined many a playoff game. Buck, McCarver, Musberger and Costas could disappear from announcing and I’d be a happy man.

      Those 4 really know how to destroy a perfectly good telecast.

  12. Panda Claus - Nov 9, 2010 at 8:10 AM

    Bobby Valentine has a voice made for cartoons. Not that he’s unknowledgeable, but he sounds like he should be in a high speed chase with Roadrunner and Wily Coyote. Beep beep!

  13. BC - Nov 9, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    Miller was great. Just PLEASE do not go after Joe Buck.

    • Utley's Hair - Nov 9, 2010 at 11:15 AM

      I doubt Schmuck and McCarebear are going anywhere—I’m just worried that FOX is going to bring on Morgan. That would be enough to make anybody snap.

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