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Dodger Great Orel Hershiser Joining ESPN 'Sunday Night Baseball'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 5th 2010 9:00AM
orel_hershiser_espn_microphoneIf you look at the picture of Orel Hershiser on the right, you might think he's a pretty unimposing guy. However, the former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher is something of an Einstein when it comes to playing the game of baseball. Therefore, it makes perfect sense and is a brilliant move that he will be joining ESPN's 'Sunday Night Baseball' broadcast as an analyst.

Hershiser should have been put in the booth as soon as he was signed with ESPN, but all good things in their time. Now the former MVP, Cy Young award winner and World Series champ will be lending his expertise to the broadcast anchored by Jon Miller, the play by play guy, and former Cincinnati Reds star Joe Morgan as the lead analyst.

Hershiser is actually replacing Steve Phillips as the third member of the telecast. Phillips was booted from ESPN last year after a highly-publicized sexual harassment case involving Phillips and a network lackey. Phillips wound up in a sexual addiction rehab facility, supposedly the same one that Tiger Woods checked into last January.

Back to baseball, how's this for a milestone: Miller and Morgan will be celebrating 21 consecutive seasons calling games on Sunday Night Baseball. Wow! Where has time gone ...

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I like Joe Morgan. I know he's not a great commentator, but he doesn't deserve all this hatred. He's hardly the worst and when he talks about his experiences from his playing days he can be real enjoyable to listen to. And now we have to former ballplayers in the booth- they seem to have a good rapport judging from sunday's opening day game. I think it's great- if they had to get rid of one, I'd say Jon Miller. But I like Jon Miller too- who says some pretty dumb things at times himself.

April 06 2010 at 5:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"oh" my God they hirid a white man, whats this world coning to.

March 06 2010 at 4:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was excited to read that Orel would be joining Sunday night baseball. I assumed that he would be replacing Joe Morgan but unfortunately not. Now when Joe says something that is completely wrong, Jon Miller can take turns with Orel clearing Joe's mistakes after the next commercial break. When oh when will ESPM wake up?

March 06 2010 at 3:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree with many of those comments about useless verbage. It was a pleasure when you listened to Mel Allen broadcast. He called the game as is with no analysis. Today it's endless talk with unbelievable stats. I respect Joe Morgan and Orel Hersheiser but they both go too far. Keep the analysis and stats to a minimum and let the fans enjoy the game

March 06 2010 at 3:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Morgan is terrible. He couldn't call a turtle race.

March 06 2010 at 2:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Now, if they'd only get rid of Jon Miller.

March 06 2010 at 1:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
N. H. Peters

I agree with Elf....Joe Morgan is a non stop irritant and should be put out to pasture and OUT of television.

March 06 2010 at 1:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Joe Morgan is useless!!!!!

March 06 2010 at 12:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Big deal. All he is gonna be doing is broadcasting either the Yankees, Red Sox or Mets games because that is all that ESPN shows. He will be like Joe Morgan. He will be portrayed as some kind of expert, but all he will do is see three teams all year long. He won't know s**t about any other club but he will act like he does.

March 06 2010 at 11:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott Douglas

Vin called with Drysdale too

March 06 2010 at 10:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Scott Douglas's comment

I recall that it was Dick Enberg that did the (Angel) baseball broadcasts with Don Drysdale, not Scully.

March 06 2010 at 11:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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