Before we get to anything else we have to talk about the breaking up of Joe Morgan, Jon Miller and ESPN.
Sure, Joe Morgan could get on your nerves when it came to “Billy Bean’s book.” You know the one that wasn’t written by Billy Bean.
But Morgan is hands down one of the best analysts in the game.
A player makes a mistake, Morgan explains what went wrong.
A player does something right, Morgan explains what went right.
Sure, he does it in ways for the average fan and not the hardcore insider, but Morgan’s analysis was always spot on.
He never butchered the English language (Most former players who end up in the booth), and he didn’t say bland and blatantly obvious things (Tim McCarver).
Then there’s Jon Miller, who’s voice and enthusiasm for the game made Sunday night’s so enjoyable.
Maybe it was time to break up the team.
But I keep asking myself this:
Who’s going to replace them?
And I come up with one answer:
Pat Gillick is being considered for the Hall of Fame.
He definitely deserves it. So does Marvin Miller and George Steinbrenner.
- The Orioles are bringing back a former coach.
- Catching up with some promising Phillies prospects.
- The Nationals are also seeing some progress with their prospects.
Best of Rest
- The Mets are bringing in Paul DePodesta.
- The Yankees will overpay for Derek Jeter. You don’t say?
- The Marlins could do a lot worse than sign A.J. Pierzynski.
- Cliff Lee isn’t that good, writes John Smallwood. He’s got a point.
Wisdom from Springfield
A thought-provoking quote from the Southpaw’s favorite animated show, “The Simpsons.”
- Homer: We’re gonna be rich! We can finally start a family.
Marge: We have a family.
Homer: A better one!
Today in history, from baseball-reference.com
1935– Pitcher Bob Gibson is born in Omaha, Nebraska. Gibson will make his major league debut in 1959, marking the start of a 17-year career with the St. Louis Cardinals and an election to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981.
1992– Lou Piniella is named manager of the Seattle Mariners
What to watch on YouTube
The Southpaw wastes time finding gems on Youtube so you don’t have to.
Hope springs eternal during the free agent period. Even teams like the Pirates think they can find that bargain basement fluke who goes on to an All-Star season.
Jon Heyman looks at the dangers of signing the wrong man.