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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

ESPN confuses Hank Aaron, Sam Jethroe last night

ESPN had Hank Aaron in the booth last night during the Mets-Braves game. That’s cool. Hank Aaron is a legend, so any time you can talk to him you should do it.

It’s also cool that, on the day before Jackie Robinson Day they talked some about Jackie and his impact with Aaron, who himself played in the Negro Leagues for a spell before joining the Braves.

There was a bit of confusion on ESPN’s part, however, during this portion of the discussion. Note the photo they ran during the segment

The Network Which Mistook Sam Jethroe For An All-Time Great.

 

QLE Posted: April 16, 2019 at 04:35 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: espn, hank aaron, sam jethroe

Friday, March 22, 2019

ESPN Reasserting Commitment to Baseball through Baseball Tonight

Why bother? MLB Network’s coverage is vastly superior anyway.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2019 at 08:11 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: espn, media

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Stephen A. Smith still thought Mike Scioscia managed the Angels

It has long been argued that legendary sportscaster Stephen A. Smith is spread too thin, and this recent gaffe while discussing the Los Angeles Angels just added fuel to the fire.

On his radio program, Smith was discussing the pressure managers face when teams sign franchise players to multimillion dollar deals. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Angels signed Mike Trout to a record contract extension, paying the best player in baseball $430 million to stay in LA for the rest of his career.

Speaking with ESPN colleague Jeff Passan, Smith used Mike Scioscia as an example of managers who will be feeling the pressure to “turn things around” for their respective teams and get the best out of their all-star player.

“Legendary?” Is this proof that Robert Towne’s dictum applies to TV personalities as well?

 

QLE Posted: March 20, 2019 at 07:42 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bad analysis, espn

Thursday, March 07, 2019

ESPN Taps New York Yankees Pitcher CC Sabathia As Analyst During His Last Season

In an unusual arrangement, New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia will work as an analyst on ESPN TV and radio broadcasts during his final season in Major League Baseball.

Sabathia announced last month that 2019 will be his final season. A former Cy Young Award winner and World Series champion, Sabathia has pitched for the Yankees and the Cleveland Indians, breaking into the majors in 2001.

During the season, Sabathia will appear on SportsCenter, Get Up!, First Take, Golic & Wingo and occasionally Baseball Tonight, with several of those appearances planned to be in-studio. He will also periodically join ESPN Radio New York as a guest host on the Humpty & Canty show, which airs from 10AM to 1PM ET. Sabathia will make his broadcast debut during ESPN’s spring training coverage in late March.

Wait- is this a reward, or a punishment?

QLE Posted: March 07, 2019 at 04:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: announcing, cc sabathia, espn

Friday, February 22, 2019

Ex-Phillies star Howard joins ESPN’s ‘Baseball Tonight’ crew

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Former Philadelphia Phillies slugger Ryan Howard has joined ESPN as an analyst on “Baseball Tonight.”

The network said Thursday that Howard will start in early March. He also will appear on other television and radio formats at ESPN.

Well, this confirms just how much ESPN holds the sport of baseball in contempt.

 

QLE Posted: February 22, 2019 at 06:43 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: espn, ryan howard

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Adnan Virk seeks settlement, denies leaking ESPN information: ‘I did nothing wrong’

Former ESPN personality Adnan Virk is seeking a settlement with the network that fired him after he reportedly leaked confidential information about its broadcast plans.

A rising star who called baseball games, hosted “Baseball Tonight” and made regular appearances on ESPN’s radio network, Virk addressed his firing in a Tuesday in a statement to the New York Post.

Sadly, this is still less embarrassing than FOX’s coverage of baseball….

 

QLE Posted: February 13, 2019 at 04:21 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, espn

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

‘Sunday Night Baseball’ time change could be good test for World Series

The 30th season of “Sunday Night Baseball” on ESPN will bring with it a pretty significant change for players and viewers alike. The 24-hour sports network and Major League Baseball announced Monday that the start times for Sunday night games in 2019 will be moved up one hour, going from 8 p.m. ET to 7 p.m. ET.

As Newsday noted, it continues a trend of ESPN making a push to bump up the starting time of staple sports programming. In recent years, ESPN and the NFL agreed to move up “Monday Night Football” broadcasts over a full hour from 9:10 p.m. ET to 8:15 p.m. ET.

It sounds like a full-time move for MLB’s flagship weekly broadcast. All but two of the games so far announced for the 2019 season will start at the new time.

Of course, the logics of a cable channel and those of an over-the-air network tend not to be one and the same….

 

QLE Posted: December 11, 2018 at 04:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: espn, sunday night baseball, timeslot changes

 

 

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