(Jon Miller, flanked by one of modern history’s most ridiculed public speakers. And in the middle, George W. Bush)
The New York Times’ Richard Sandomir — who might never have presided over as happy a story in his storied media criticism career — reports ESPN has decided not to retain the services of Joe Morgan on their “Sunday Night Baseball” telecasts. In addition, Jon Miller is said to be considering an offered demotion to ESPN’s radio calls for Sunday evenings.
œWe™ve decided to make a change and introduce new voices and new perspective, said Norby Williamson, an executive vice president of ESPN. He added: œTwenty one years is an eternity in this business. And today is about acknowledging the contributions they made to the franchise.
Each announcer is a Hall of Famer. Morgan entered as a player in 1990 and Miller received the Ford C. Frick Award from the hall earlier this year in recognition of broadcasting excellence.
It is nearly certain that Miller will be replaced by Dan Shulman, who will be joined by Orel Hershiser, whom ESPN added to œSunday Night last season. Bobby Valentine might be the third voice if he does not get a managing job. Williamson declined to talk about the new team.
Sandomir provides no mention of Aaron Boone’s fate for 2011, possibly because no one outside members of Boone’s immediate family (and that’s not a a given) cares whether or not he ever appears on television again.