Miller, Morgan out at ESPN Sunday Night Baseball

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Open Thread: Yankees on Twitter

The rumors have been bubbling for weeks, and Richard Sandomir of The Times has the scoop: After 20 years as the Worldwide Leader’s lead baseball team, Joe Morgan and Jon Miller are out at ESPN. Morgan’s contract has not been renewed, and Miller has been asked if he wants to stay on as the network’s radio voice for its baseball slate. Sandomir reports that Miller and Morgan will likely be replaced by Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser and Bobby Valentine, if he’s not chosen to manage a Major League franchise.

“We’ve decided to make a change and introduce new voices and new perspective,” Norby Williamson, an ESPN executive vice president, said to The Times. “Twenty one years is an eternity in this business. And today is about acknowledging the contributions they made to the franchise.” I guess Ken Tremendous and Co. can rest easy now.

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  • Big Stein

    free at, free at last, thank god, almighty, we’re free at last!

  • Big Stein

    Dan Shulman is a yankee hater (former Toronto broadcaster). But not as bad fatboy.

    • Slu

      According to most people on this site, every national announcer is a Yankee hater.

      • Hughesus Christo

        Yep

      • Big Stein

        it’s true. national announces start out as local announcers and every team/town hates the Yankees.

        • http://www.twitter.com/yanksnats4ever Alex C.

          I prefer Dave O’Brien. He’s good.

  • Dela G

    Thank god

  • http://fmylife.com Bryan L
    • http://twitter.com/simmonsclass Sam

      Haha I went in the same direction but a little more old school

  • http://twitter.com/simmonsclass Sam
  • JerseyDutch

    Well, that’s a start. Now if only TBS and Fox would perform a similar overhaul…

  • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

    Now, on to firetimmccarver.com.

    • Dan

      Amen…

  • http://www.onedayonejob.com/ Willy

    Yeah, they told us that Joe Morgan was out last year too, and then somehow he appeared in the booth.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Are you saying that you don’t believe news that was on-the-record confirmed by one of ESPN’s executive vice presidents? This isn’t some anonymous reporting by Sandomir.

  • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

    Oh happy day

    ::does happy dance::

  • Andrew

    WOOOOOO!

  • Ellis

    Always liked Joe Morgan, I think people are too hard on him. That said, it’s always nice to change it up.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      With Morgan, it was his complete unwillingness to be open to new ideas. He’s the national voice for the game on ESPN, and he remained one of the most close-minded announcers around. Plus, he was often just flat-out wrong on TV.

    • Pasqua

      He didn’t make any effort to prepare, study, or learn. How do I know that? Because it was glaringly obvious in his work. While some voices can mask their ignorance, Morgan couldn’t, and that combination was maddening.

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    This confirmed that there is a god!

  • ro

    Eh..I’d rather see Joe Buck and Tim Macarver go into early retirement.

  • Awesome123

    Finally! A new era has begun! Now we must ( cough that sounds stangely like, Fire Mccarver)

    The one and only thing I will remember and like Morgan and Miller for is MLB 2k8. And even in that they were suckish.

    Congrats ESPN!!

  • Pasqua

    For what it’s worth, I can only hope this brings the FJM boys back to update their site one last time, for posterity. (The Deadspin stuff is “unofficial business” in my book.)

  • mustang

    Winning the World Series first this is a close second.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

    I am not getting excited about the new guys. Baseball announcers have way too much time to talk which allows for too much time to piss off the viewer.

  • Josh

    i always thought miller was an affable fella. morgan, well, it was overdue. i do miss me some kaat, though.

    • Operation Killer B’s

      I could not agree with you more, I miss listening to Kaat.

      • http://www.twitter.com/yanksnats4ever Alex C.

        +1

  • http://dontbringinthelefty.blogspot.com Lucas AA, aka don’t_bring_in_the_lefty

    I say ESPN should hire David Cone and put him on the Sunday Night broadcasts.

  • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

    Now how will I know which baseball teams are the most consistent?

  • bottom line

    Must say I always liked Miller. As to Morgan, not only did he often get it wrong. He’d also make sure you heard it by saying it four times.

  • Baseball Jesus is coming

    hey how about the yankee haters from TBS Smoltz Darling and big Ernie.

  • http://www.superkyle.tk Fat Abbot

    I hope this isn’t just some sick ESPN november-fools joke

  • Dalelama

    Compared to Bill White and Vin Scully just about all announcers suck. I have found Jim Palmer to be very insightful also.

  • JeremyM

    I could never muster the hate for Miller and Morgan that others have been able to, mainly because I loathe McCarver and Buck far, far more. At least Morgan and Miller like the game of baseball. Buck is clearly bored and would rather be calling football (I wish he was too), and McCarver is more stuck in his ways than Morgan is.

  • bonestock94

    YES!!!

  • jbkx

    Someone tell me who would be a good broadcast team that is actually an option? Been thinking for a while … no one comes to mind. The good old days are so far gone.

    Good riddance to Jon and Joe, you have lowered the baseball IQ of an entire generation.

  • PS

    Great news. Now if we could just get rid of Sterling and Waldman ….

  • Dan

    Hey Morgan, there’s a rocking chair with your name here – SIT ON IT!

  • Dan

    I say they should give Vin Scully and Bob Costas about $50 million each to do every game there is on FOX, ESPN, MLB Network and TBS – and I’m a Yankee fan, but they’d even be good on YES (throw in Bernie, Tino or Paul O’Neill every once in awhile)!

    • Maureen

      Not either of these two announcers…I’d rather watch paint dry…Costas is dull and so is Scully.Not one ounce of life or passion for the game..I like my game spiced up…

  • Dan

    FOX should wake up to McCarver soon…hopefully this is the kick they need.

    • Poopy Pants

      Lately, even Buck looks embarrassed or sad re: McCarver. Seems like he has dementia.

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

    Joe Morgan was a sabermetrician’s dream, which is extremely ironic considering how he treated sabermetrics.

  • P. Allen

    Good to get rid of these guys, as people have said, Miller and Morgan are often just flat out wrong on stuff that an average 10 year old baseball fan would know. As for the TBS announcers, I thought they were decent until Game 3 of the ALDS when all they could talk about were the conceivable ways and things the twins needed to do to tie the game and win the next 2. I’m probably in the minority here, but I actually like Fox the best (more so Buck, and not Tim). This is probably influenced by the fact that my memories of the yankee success, titles and memorable plays, were called by him, but either way, he’s still much better than Morgan/Miller or TBS.

  • BigLou

    I don’t mind Joe Buck..he is clear and concise and doesn’t bore you with pitching instructions…McCarver can talk but has always been a Yankee hater. I don’t know the new play-by-play guy but Hershhieser is the standard pitcher…boring and Valentine is gonna manage somewhere so there goes that team..How about a little attention to the Yes team…those conversational calls and never recognizing a hitter or giving him a name while the far around with their fancy graphics…Al Lieders standard pitch explanation drives me to the mute button…how many time do we have to go through that crap and the Michael Kay will ask him to explain again…don’t they know that their audience is alway 75% the same folks. Michael could be a little more play-playish we know he an’t say anything against the Yankees but say something more than See Ya!
    Tino is afine first baseman and a good guest every so often he talks so fast that you need a translater to know what he says…Coney was the best but he got bored with the job and went back to the bars…John Flaherty holds his own he has put together a little speal about several repetative plays which he uses over and over but he lets go with some very bright points every once in awhile….Kim Jones wrecking the third inning with the news we heard on the pre game fit her in instead of a commercial for NYY Steak…best coverage is when Michael and Ken Singleton work together they make a great team and compliment each other..they even make an Orioles game interesting…when you watch 150 games on Yes you really should like the broadcasters so how about more of Jack Curry in the booth? Fox and ESPN carry so few Yankee games that I can put up with anyone…Now TBS should send money to all it’s viewers to put up with the bums that do the post season…yuch! Nuff said

  • Dan

    Brainstorming about some good broadcast team possibilities:

    1. Dick Stockton and David Cone on Fox
    2. Vin Scully and Joe Garagiola – a throwback broadcast (or two or three or…)
    3. Bob Costas and Harold Reynolds – MLB Network should do national games that are not on Fox or ESPN – that would make sense
    4. DeWayne Staats – a Rays announcer who actually is the closest to impartial when it comes to the Yankees – and Bob Uecker

  • Maureen

    The YES Network has the best announcers of any network..I love their knowledge of the game with a few laughs mixed in…Terrific…

  • http://www.Facebook.com/maddoniz Mickey Scheister

    Compared to Beans, he’s whack.

    Thank you Jesus! My prayers were answered!

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/We-want-Nick-Swisher-to-host-SNL/147327038614552 Aaron

    Now we just have to get rid of Buck & McCarver and all will be right in the baseball world.