November 13, 2010
They say all good things come to an end, but this one seems rather premature. The chemistry between these two have been great, and people in the Bay Area have had a love affair with the pair.
Now that the Giants have won the World Series, breaking up is hard to do….
ESPN replaces Jon Miller-Joe Morgan team for baseball broadcastsPhoto by AP – File
Jon Miller and Joe Morgan spent 21 seasons together in ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” booth, an extraordinarily long run in the world of national sports television. But there will not be a 22nd.
With both of their contracts having expired, ESPN decided it was time to make the long-anticipated move to replace them and give the booth a fresh sound.
ESPN did not name a replacement, but The New York Times [NYT] reported the leading candidate is Dan Shulman, long one of the network’s most respected play-by-play men.
Orel Hershiser, who joined Miller and Morgan last season, presumably would stay on as an analyst. Bobby Valentine could serve as a third man in the booth, the Times reported.
Miller might stay with the company as the radio voice of ESPN’s Sunday games, but Morgan will not. For years the Hall of Fame second baseman’s work has been a target of many critics in the media and among fans.
Miller’s primary job is as play-by-play voice of the World Series champion Giants, whose crowning moment he called on radio for ESPN alongside Morgan. Miller received the Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award this past summer.
“Jon and Joe have contributed greatly to the success of ’Sunday Night Baseball’ for the past 21 seasons,” ESPN executive vice president Norby Williams said in a statement.
“Over the last two decades, Joe went from Hall of Fame player to one of his sport’s top analysts and Jon’s Hall of Fame voice and tremendous knowledge of the game have connected with baseball fans everywhere. We owe them our deepest thanks for an outstanding body of work.”