Of all the things that could be done to the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball booth, this was not….and I mean NOT the move. Instead of the long rumored plan of splitting up the duo of Miller and Morgan, the “Leader” is actually adding another member to the booth. Who you ask?
Steve F’ing Phillips! Via Watchdog….
ESPN will announce Wednesday that Steve Phillips will join Jon Miller and Joe Morgan in the “Sunday Night Baseball” booth for 2009, altering for the network’s announcing lineup for its showcase event for the first time in 20 seasons of televising MLB.
The former Mets general manager, who has been an analyst for ESPN since 2005, will make his regular-season debut April 5 for the Opening Night game between the Phillies and Braves.
Phillips will continue to serve as an analyst for games and studio shows during the week.
Ugh. I still can’t for the life of me understand why ESPN gets the pairings and studio shows right for Sports like College Football and Basketball, but has no f’ing clue when it comes to Baseball. I will always love Jon Miller for the time he spent in Baltimore, and I think the guy still has something left, but ESPN is doing him no favors by giving him two of the most incompetent people at the network to work with.
More when the announcement comes tomorrow.