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Why do they have to always mess up a good thing?

Joe Morgan and John Miller have been the best baseball announce team for so many years; why did they think it would be better to have a third man in the booth?

Now they have Steve Whatshisname (former GM of the Mets) in there fighting for air time...has to think of something significant to add to the broadcast. I thought he was too much of an intruder.

Somebody who knows ESPN's web contact info might send them a heads up on this if they agree with these comments.

Hope we don't have to suffer through this entire season like this.

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Ok, unrelated, but to sum up exactly why I no longer like ESPN....the story yesterday was that the Yankees lost, not that the Orioles WON. THAT in a nutshell sums up what ESPN has become.

Its all MLBN for me now, with the exception of live games on ESPN.

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....the story yesterday was that the Yankees lost, not that the Orioles WON.

Not to offend anyone, but that was the story for me. It was great to see the Yankees and their $160M starter get slapped around a little.

I wasn't aware that anyone was really looking forward to much success for the O's this season, other than developing the kids. After Guthrie, who else is there?

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That and his stories, which are generally pretty good.

Well yesterday at least, he told a story about drinking Cokes and they went to video for this boring story. So, maybe generally, but not yesterday.

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Right. Half the fun is chuckling at whatever insanity Joe is spewing that night. That and his stories, which are generally pretty good.

No doubt that he says goofy things. However, he also says some very insightful things too.

The problem is that you have to know a lot about baseball to be able to tell which is which.

In this regard, he reminds me of Buck. Except he doesn't have Buck's grating voice. Plus, unlike Buck, he doesn't seem to feel like he's supposed to fill up every empty second of airtime by running his mouth nonstop. Plus, Joe Morgan was one helluva baseball player, so I am much more inclined to cut him some slack. Buck, not so much.

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For all of his flaws, Joe Morgan is very good at what he does well. He is very easy to listen to, is a quality storyteller and is just all around an entertaining counterpart to the Voice of God, Jon Miller. If he could just realize that his opinions on how the sport is turning more towards stats are not only beyond outdated in their own right but also ruin the rest of what he does for a large portion of the audience, there would no longer be as many problems.

I think ESPN is trying the wussy move here. Instead of either telling the blogosphere to stick their plus/minus up their VORP (which is probably what they should have done) or taking Morgan off the air outright and putting someone else in there (which would probably have failed, since most of the former players at ESPN seem to have Morgan's negative qualities without any of his positives), they shoe-horn in a third wheel.

Even if that third wheel was someone like Neyer or Sheehan or someone else with a statistical bent who could hold their own in a game-broadcast situation, it could work, but what does Steve Phillips add to the coverage of the individual game?

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