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Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Jack Morris Joins Sportsnet as Blue Jays Baseball Analyst

And to honor this historic Jack Morris event…Sportsnet 590 will now be called Sportsnet 3.90!

Welcome back, Jack.  A familiar face is returning to Toronto as former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Jack Morris returns to the city where he won two World Series titles as Sportsnet’s newest Blue Jays analyst. Morris will provide analysis for Sportsnet 590 The FAN’s Blue Jays radio broadcasts, and will also make appearances on Sportsnet’s Blue Jays game telecasts, Blue Jays Central, Baseball Central at Noon and sportsnet.ca.

Best known in his playing days for his devastating forkball, the right-handed pitcher and five-time All-Star will forever be known to Blue Jays fans as the first 20-game winner in club history (21 wins) and for propelling his team into the playoffs for the first of their back-to-back World Series Championships in 1992 and 1993.  Morris retired in 1995 and has spent time as a colour analyst for the Minnesota Twins and as well as a guest on Detroit Tigers broadcasts.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Sportsnet team and to be returning to Canada, “said Morris. “I’ve had a lot of great experiences here and am looking forward to this next chapter. This has been one of the most exciting off-seasons that Blue Jays fans have ever seen, and I’m honoured to have the opportunity to be covering this amazing team for the next three years.”

Repoz Posted: February 05, 2013 at 04:31 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The District Attorney Posted: February 05, 2013 at 04:39 PM (#4363375)
His show will have great ratings if they schedule another good show against it, but lousy ratings otherwise.
   2. Addison Russell T. Davies (chris h.) Posted: February 05, 2013 at 04:41 PM (#4363380)
Thread over in 1.
   3. Dock Ellis Posted: February 05, 2013 at 05:03 PM (#4363407)
Oh boy.
   4. The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 05, 2013 at 05:10 PM (#4363414)
Jack may be looking to pick up some HoF votes in those remote Canadian precincts.
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 05, 2013 at 05:37 PM (#4363435)
"And, going in to the bottom of the 7th, it's the Blue Jays 7 and the Yankees...well, it doesn't matter, the Blue Jays can give up a bunch more runs and still win."
   6. T.J. Posted: February 05, 2013 at 05:37 PM (#4363436)
"You know, this reminds me of Game 7 of the 1991 World Series. It does NOT, however, remind me in any way, shape, or form of the 1992 playoffs."
   7. The elusive Robert Denby Posted: February 05, 2013 at 07:08 PM (#4363480)
As a broadcaster, I'm guessing Morris will be 12 percent worse than Bert Blyleven.
   8. Random Transaction Generator Posted: February 05, 2013 at 07:41 PM (#4363489)
Was this the result of that job ad that was posted a month ago?

Jack Morris?

His performance will only be as good as the game requires.

Blow out? He'll be singing show tunes by the 5th inning.
Nail biter? He'll be diagramming expected pitches with 100% accuracy.
   9. John Northey Posted: February 05, 2013 at 08:03 PM (#4363498)
I was hoping for the Garfoose but such is life.
   10. bobm Posted: February 05, 2013 at 08:07 PM (#4363500)
Maybe Morris will win a Ford Frick award and finally "get in" the HoF.
   11. Man o' Schwar Posted: February 05, 2013 at 09:52 PM (#4363554)
Jack may be looking to pick up some HoF votes in those remote Canadian precincts.

If I know the BBWAA, there are likely some voters who have covered nothing but curling for the last 25 years.

"Sure, Alan Trammell was a good player, but he couldn't handle a broom to save his life. Jim Rice could slide a peel for a take-out, then bring the fear by brandishing his slider shoe right there in the hack. That's a Hall of Famer right there."
   12. Repoz Posted: February 05, 2013 at 10:01 PM (#4363558)
It continues to be quite bothersome to Jack Morris that Les Tremayne, H.V. Kaltenborn and Jose Miguel Agrelot are all in the Radio Hall of Fame...and he is not.
   13. morineko Posted: February 06, 2013 at 12:13 AM (#4363615)
Figured something was up when they were talking to the Twins broadcasters at TwinsFest a couple of weeks ago and Morris wasn't mentioned, just the two other main PBP/analysis guys and the postgame/pregame show host.
   14. BochysFingers Posted: February 06, 2013 at 12:21 AM (#4363618)
Most similar broadcaster: Ron Fairly
   15. WillYoung Posted: February 06, 2013 at 11:57 AM (#4363873)
Over the last few years, Morris's part-time work on Twins radio was very poor. He loves to tell the players to GOML, whines about how starting pitchers are a bunch of wussies, and rarely offers anything even remotely insightful. Whenever the Twins ditched a regular PBP and let Dan Gladden call PBP for the entire game with Morris as color, it turned into a three-hour circle-jerk of grittiness.

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