Longtime broadcast team out of TV booth; Orel Hershiser in line as a replacement
ESPN announced late Monday that Jon Miller and Joe Morgan, broadcasters synonymous with "Sunday Night Baseball," will not be returning in 2011.
Miller and Morgan served as the voices of "Sunday Night Baseball" for 21 years.
“We’ve decided to make a change and introduce new voices and new perspective,” ESPN executive vice president Norby Williamson said while announcing the move. “Twenty-one years is an eternity in this business. And today is about acknowledging the contributions they made to the franchise.”
ESPN did not renew Morgan's contract, and offered Miller a contract to broadcast Sunday night games on ESPN Radio. Both are members of the Baseball Hall of Fame — Morgan as a player, Miller as an announcer.
The network did not say who will replace Miller and Morgan, but former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Orel Hershiser, who often served as a third voice in the "Sunday Night" booth, is among the likely candidates.
According to SportsNewser, Miller is on vacation (hey ESPN, you couldn't wait for Miller to return to announce this?) which "will delay his decision on whether he takes ESPN’s radio offer or increases his workload for the San Francisco Giants, where he’s the lead play-by-play broadcaster."
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