Bobby Valentine To Join ESPN Sunday Night Baseball

According to Richard Sandomir of the New York Times, ESPN is expected to announce that Bobby Valentine and Dan Shulman will join Orel Hershiser in the broadcast booth for Sunday Night Baseball for the 2011 season and beyond.

Regarding the decisions to fire Joe Morgan and reassign Jon Miller to radio, Sandomir writes that it was simply time for a change,

For some, Morgan’s end is a time to celebrate. He became cranky, often intransigent, frequently humorless and a grim listen — the Grumpy Old Analyst. I’ve always felt that he was, even at his best, too impervious to Miller’s lightheartedness, that he just didn’t get his partner’s wit. But ESPN did not make its decision based on the anti-Morgan howls from critics, bloggers and fans. It waited years to react. Why it felt a need to dispatch Miller, too, is a mystery.

Morgan issued a terse response that was far from an “I want to thank ESPN for the opportunity” statement. “I was not surprised by ESPN’s decision,” he said. “They have been taking ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ in a different direction the last two years, and I was not comfortable with that direction.”

It’s going to be great to get some refreshing perspectives and maybe some occasional comic relief from such a colorful personality as Bobby V.

I could see him sort of playing the Keith Hernandez-like contrast to Orel Hershiser’s Ron Darling-like role on SNY, with Dan Schulman calling the game. Nice going by ESPN.

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