Sunday, July 5, 2009

Jon Miller Absent From ESPN Sunday Night Baseball....Again!!!

OK, what is going on here?

For two decades Jon Miller and Joe Morgan have broadcast ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.

This season Steve Phillips joined the broadcast crew. A three man broadcast crew is just unwieldy. I don't like it. Joe and Jon are a success. Why mess with success?

For two weeks in June, Miller was out of the ESPN broadcast booth and veteran broadcaster Dan Shulman pinch hit for him.

Miller returned to the broadcast on June 21st when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hosted their crosstown rivals the Los Angeles Dodgers.

One reader who responded to my lament for Miller offered the opinion that perhaps Miller, like Dodgers broadcasting legend Vin Scully, prefers to stay out on the west coast.

But if that was true why then was Miller in the broadcast booth last Sunday to host another crosstown rivalry between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees at the Mets new ballpark Citi Field?

Something else is amiss. Because for the third time in the past five weeks Miller was absent from the Sunday night telecast. Once again, Dan Shulman filled in for Miller as the Texas Rangers hosted the Tampa Bay Rays.

Something is rotten in Bristol, Connecticut. I wish ESPN would clarify Miller's status.

1 comment:

Neuramigo said...

You and I may be the only two people in the world who are interested in this--I posted here a few weeks ago, too--but it is very strange. I know that Miller has some weeks off in his contract, but he's never missed 3 out of, what, 6 or 7 weeks, in mid season in 19 years.

I think there's trouble between him and ESPN with the third person in the booth, and also because Phillips and Morgan don't go well together.

There's nothing else in the media that I can find on this topic.