ESPN suffered a big loss with Orel Hershiser deciding to leave the network. He will head back to his old team to join the Dodgers new regional TV network.
I thought Hershiser was terrific for ESPN. While it didn’t get as much play as his Sunday night work, he and Dan Shulman really shined on radio during the postseason.
ESPN moved quickly, replacing Hershiser with Curt Schilling on Sunday nights. He will join Shulman and John Kruk.
Sports Media Watch notes making a lineup change on Sunday nights is nothing new for ESPN.
The Shulman-Kruk-Schilling booth will be the sixth different “SNB” broadcast team in as many years.
Since 2008, the last year Jon Miller and Joe Morgan worked together in a two-man booth, Sunday Night Baseball has added and dropped Steve Phillips (2009), added Hershiser to replace Phillips (2010),
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Yesterday, “the kids at Deadspin,” as Jason Whitlock likes to call them, disclosed that they had purchased a ballot for the upcoming Baseball Hall of Fame election from one of the voters. Yes, some scumbag actually sold a vote to Deadspin.
What is the point? Deadspin’s Tim Marchman explains:
Our idea was to make a mockery and farce of the increasingly solemn and absurd election process, and to take some power from the duly appointed custodians of the game’s history and turn it over to the public.
Yeah, right. The idea was to generate publicity for Deadspin. And it worked, unfortunately. Just heard discussion about the stunt on sports talk radio in Chicago.
The sad part is, Deadspin got some scumbag to buy in. That person remains anonymous for now, Marchman writes.
For obvious reasons, the voter will remain anonymous
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As a White Sox fan, I only wish Ernie Banks hit some of those 512 homers at Comiskey Park instead of Wrigley Field. If he had played for those strong Sox teams in the 50s and 60s, he definitely wouldn’t have gone his own career without playing in a World Series.
Of course, everyone knows Banks as “Mr. Cub.” Well, almost everyone.
Apparently, NPR’s Ari Shapiro needs to brush up on his baseball history. Mark Memmot wrote the mea culpa on NPR’s site.
The words were barely out of our friend and correspondent mouth just after 7:30 a.m. ET this morning when the phones started ringing and emails started arriving.
Among those receiving at the White House, Ari said on the NPR Newscast, would be baseball legend Ernie Banks.
Then Ari got into trouble. Banks, he said, “played for
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My latest Chicago Tribune column is on Ken Harrelson, a finalist for this year’s Frick Award. However, the White Sox announcer knows it is a process to win the Hall of Fame’s highest honor for an announcer.
You also can access the column via my Twitter feed at Sherman_Report.
From the column:
Jerry Reinsdorf is talking up Ken Harrelson, who rarely needs help calling attention to himself.
The long-time White Sox play-by-play voice is a candidate for the 2014 Ford Frick Award, the Hall of Fame’s highest honor for a baseball broadcaster. The team chairman gives such a ringing endorsement, it almost seems as if he would be happier than Harrelson if he won.
Reinsdorf, 77, calls the 72-year-old Harrelson “a brother,” although he puts his sentiments in another context.
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When I heard the news last night that Mark DeRosa was retiring, I thought: There’s your new Cubs radio analyst.
Turns out I was right about him retiring to begin a postseason career in the media. However, I had the wrong outlet.
This morning, it was announced that DeRosa will be joining MLB Network’s stable of analysts.
The official release contained this quote: “While I still had the opportunity to return as a player, it became clear to me that the chance to begin a career at MLB Network was too good to pass up, and I am very excited to get started,” said DeRosa.
It’s a good move for DeRosa and MLB Network. Not so good for the Cubs.
DeRosa would have been high on the Cubs’ wish list to replace the departing Keith Moreland on WGN-AM 720. He was … Continue Reading
For the better part of October, I pounded on baseball. Hard.
It’s not that I don’t love the game. I do. I just hate the way it is being played now.
Really, it would seem to be an easy fix for baseball: Enforce rules that require batters to stay in the box and demand that pitchers work faster. Simply pick up the pace.
If they played quickly in big games in Babe Ruth’s era, Mickey Mantle’s era, Reggie Jackson’s era, why can’t it be that way in Miguel Cabrera’s era?
I thought I would leave some parting shots from others to show I am hardly alone in this crusade.
Michael Glicken of Sports Media Monitor was intrigued by my rants about the length of games. Far more proficient in math than me, he took an analytical approach in evaluating… Continue Reading
Keith Moreland isn’t returning to the Cubs radio booth. In a note to WGN-AM 720, he said, “After spending three years doing it, I’ve simply decided that I want to spend more time at home in Texas.”
Hard to blame him, considering the Cubs averaged 96 defeats per year during his three seasons in the booth.
However, even though the Cubs are in the dumps, there will be plenty of suitors to be their next radio analyst. It’ll be interesting to see if they go with a former Cub as they did with Moreland or with someone who doesn’t have ties to the team.
Prior to the Cubs deciding on Moreland to replace Ron Santo, who died after the 2010 season, the speculation list included Doug Glanville, Eric Karros, Todd Hollinsworth, Gary Matthews and Mitch Williams. All had a Cubs … Continue Reading
Please fellow colleagues, stop writing that the World Series was a huge success for Fox and Major League Baseball.
The reports talked about how ratings were up 17 percent from 2012 for the Boston-St. Louis series. Fox called it, “A Grand Slam” in a press release, and others ran with it, as if to say all is well with the game.
Well, here is the real story.
Yes, the final rating of 8.9 was up 17 percent from the 7.6 in San Francisco’s sweep over Detroit in 2012. But that series was an all-time low.
The ratings had nowhere to go but up. Not to pick on my old White Sox pal Adam Dunn, but proclaiming a 17-percent ratings increase is much like boasting about him raising his average 45 points from 2011 to 2012. Of course, he went from … Continue Reading
Can we finally put it to bed? The long-suffering Red Sox fan theme was so 20th Century. Their fans now are celebrating their third title since 2004. They aren’t suffering anymore.
I’m a fan of baseball history, but Fox beat us over the head with the 1918 thing again last night. Enough.
It all is especially hard to digest in Chicago. Do you know the last time the Cubs or White Sox celebrated a title in their ballpark? It was in 1906, when the Sox beat the Cubs in the World Series. Babe Ruth was 11.
And do I really have to get into the Cubs’ issues?
So congratulations, Boston. And for Fox, ESPN, and everyone else: Time to move on.
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Think of it this way. The 2013 St. Louis Cardinals had 13 players who weren’t even born when Tim McCarver called his first World Series in 1985.
In last night’s sign-off, Joe Buck gave thanks to McCarver on behalf of not only him and Fox, but for baseball fans everywhere. Thanks Tim, for your passion and insights on baseball.
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