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Friday, February 07, 2020

Manfred concerned with team/media roles of Martinez, Mendoza

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The dual roles of former Boston pitcher Pedro Martinez and ex-Olympic softball player Jessica Mendoza as team employees and broadcasters have drawn the concern of baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred.

Martinez is a Red Sox special assistant and an analyst for TBS. Mendoza is a New York Mets baseball operations adviser and an ESPN broadcaster.

Both criticized pitcher Mike Fiers for revealing the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scam to The Athletic. Fiers, now with Oakland, sparked an investigation that led to the departures of 10% of the major league managers: Houston’s AJ Hinch, Boston’s Alex Cora and the Mets’ Carlos Beltrán.

“I’m a transparency guy,” Manfred said Thursday after an owners meeting. “That someone should be kind of singled out because they saw something that was wrong and decided to talk about it, I don’t agree with that.”

Which, knowing Manfred, means he’ll hem and haw about this for months and then ultimately do nothing.

 

QLE Posted: February 07, 2020 at 01:18 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, jessica mendoza, manfred is thinking about it, pedro martinez

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

ESPN is reportedly removing Jessica Mendoza from Sunday Night Baseball

It appears that ESPN is set to take Jessica Mendoza off Sunday Night Baseball. There’s been a lot of criticism of the “disaster” of the current SNB booth (Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, and Mendoza) overall, and Mendoza in particular herself has been under incredible fire recently for her comments across ESPN shows bashing Mike Fiers for blowing the whistle on the Houston Astros’ electronic sign stealing (which drew extra criticism considering her role with the New York Mets and their hire of key Astros’ scandal figure Carlos Beltran).

Now, Andrew Marchand of The New York Post has reported that Mendoza appears set to be reassigned, although it’s not 100 percent certain yet:

“ESPN is working toward removing Jessica Mendoza from its “Sunday Night Baseball” booth, The Post has learned.

As for the rest of the SNB booth, ESPN executives are still determining its plan, though, Alex Rodriguez has been assured that he is welcomed back, according to sources.”

Should we be sending our cover letters and CVs to the Worldwide Leader?

QLE Posted: January 28, 2020 at 12:31 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, espn, jessica mendoza

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The Everlasting Bond Between Baseball Fans and Broadcasters

Some time between a fly ball whizzing over my head and another trudge back to the bench after striking out, I knew I wouldn’t grow up to be a Major League Baseball player.

That was OK. After all, other aspects of the game intrigued me more. Maybe I’d be an umpire. Managing seemed like a good gig, too. But growing up in the Bay Area, I could never shake the wonder of what it would be like to be Kruk & Kuip.

The San Francisco Giants television broadcasters, Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow are not mentioned individually. They’re a package deal. And for more than 25 years the duo has exemplified the unmatched bond baseball fans can have with their team’s announcers. I’ll unapologetically romanticize this relationship because it’s my favorite part about the sport.

Local broadcasters become extended family, their voices filling living rooms and kitchens, cars and garages, ear buds and ballparks for months on end. They bridge the perspective gap between fans and whatever fans think it’s like to be a player. Your team’s broadcaster feels like someone who is in the trenches with you, the fan, through the epic walk-offs and sluggish blowouts. Better said: They’re one of us. Perhaps the best part about local broadcasters is that they, like baseball from April to October, are always there. Death, taxes and Kuiper belting OUTTA HERE, as the saying goes.

Some thoughts on announcers, and what they mean to our understanding of the game.

 

QLE Posted: November 27, 2019 at 10:06 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, fans

Thursday, October 03, 2019

David Ortiz Will Return to Fox for MLB Postseason Coverage

Nearly four months removed from a shooting that almost ended his life, former Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is returning to FOX’s MLB broadcast team for the 2019 postseason, according to The Big Lead.

The ex-Boston slugger will rejoin Kevin Burkhardt, Frank Thomas and Alex Rodriguez in the studio for pregame and postgame analysis through the conclusion of the World Series. Ortiz tweeted a photo of the quartet on Tuesday afternoon with the caption “soon.”

Best wishes for him in returning to broadcasting.

 

QLE Posted: October 03, 2019 at 12:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, comebacks, david ortiz, playoffs

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Marty Brennaman on final game: ‘Hardest day of my life’

CINCINNATI (AP) — A few hours before the start of his final series as a Cincinnati Reds broadcaster, Marty Brennaman was pausing to collect himself at the thought of a final out now clearly in sight.

“Here I go,” he said, forcing a smile that brushed back emotions.

The 77-year-old broadcaster known for his pull-no-punch descriptions and his “this one belongs to the Reds” sign-off settled in Tuesday for his last three days in the booth. After 46 years, Brennaman is retiring — and no, he won’t be coming back to the microphone again. A series against the playoff-contending Brewers will provide a truly final out.

“Thursday will be the hardest day of my life, I think,” Brennaman said, referring to the series finale. “I think that will be a tough one.”

 

 

QLE Posted: September 25, 2019 at 12:54 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, marty brennaman, retirements

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Even Gary Thorne is getting frustrated with the Orioles

With a loss to the Tigers on Saturday, the Orioles lost their 100th game of the season. It’s their second consecutive season with triple-digit losses, and their third straight losing season. The Orioles are frustrating to watch if you’re a fan, but even broadcaster Gary Thorne sounds fed up with the lack of quality baseball.

In the first inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Blue Jays, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit a foul pop-up. Catcher Chance Sisco and third baseman Rio Ruiz converged on the ball. Ruiz did not call off Cisco. As a result, Cisco continued to pursue the pop-up but both players tried not to collide into each other and the ball dropped onto the ground, giving Gurriel new life.

Following the play, a frustrated Thorne said, “And there again, that can’t happen. 12 games left in the year and you still haven’t decided that a third baseman calls off the catcher? For the love of gracious, come on!”

Meanwhile, Jon Miller has to be thinking that alienating Peter Angelos has to have been one of the best decisions of his broadcasting career….

QLE Posted: September 18, 2019 at 12:30 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, gary thorne, orioles

 

 

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