It took five years for the infamous baseball blog Fire Joe Morgan to finally get its wish, as Joe Morgan’s place in the Sunday Night Baseball booth was finally taken away, after 20 years, by ESPN.

Strangely, the name of my own baseball blog never had to wait more than 24 hours for it’s title to actually occur.

While Morgan’s contract wasn’t renewed for the coming season, his broadcast partner Jon Miller has been asked to stay with ESPN and become the radio voice of Sunday Night Baseball.  Miller also does television and radio regionally for the World Series winning San Francisco Giants.

It’s expected that Dan Shulman will take over for Miller on the television side of things, joined by Orel Hershiser as the analyst.  If he doesn’t find work elsewhere, Bobby Valentine could take over Hershiser’s role as the third man in the booth.

Dancing on the grave of Joe Morgan’s broadcasting career seems a little gauche, even for me.  Suffice to say, I did not necessarily enjoy what Morgan brought to the nationally televised game, but that’s as far down the rabbit hole of negativity that I wish to go.  Instead, let’s focus on the positive.

I cannot stress enough how fond I am of listening to Shulman call a game.  Doing play by play for such a large audience, all with different levels of baseball knowledge, is no doubt a difficult task with which to find success.

How do you make your commentary understandable to a hearing aid utilizing great grandmother who was once courted by Honus Wagner, but also appealing to the baseball nerd taking notes for his blog the next morning that’s going to rip you if you refer to batting average and RBIs instead of on base percentage and WAR?

Somehow, Shulman’s calm and correct words are able to strike a perfect balance.  Like the best party hosts, he recognizes that the celebration isn’t necessarily about him.  His duty is to make sure that all the party goers have the best time possible.  He’s able to do this all while making his efforts seem natural.

If the Giants winning the World Series killed Moneyball, does ESPN firing Joe Morgan mean its resurrected?

In summation: your move, FOX.

Quote Of The Day

With thanks to HardBallTalk and The San Francisco Chronicle, Henry Schulman on the ever husky Pablo Sandoval:

The Giants plan to use a carrot-and-stick approach with Pablo Sandoval’s conditioning this winter. If he does not eat enough carrots, they might stick him in Fresno to start the 2011 season.

And The Rest

Women.  Always flapping their gums.  Mark Buehrle’s wife tells the world about her husband’s Gold Glove before MLB has even announced it.

New Blue Jays manager John Farrell has rounded out his coaching staff.  Don Wakamatsu (bench coach), Pat Hentgen (bullpen coach) and Torey Lovullo (first base coach) join Bruce Walton (pitching coach), Brian Butterfield (third base coach) and Dwayne Murphy (hitting coach).

Japanese shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka will ask to be posted, after countryman Hisashi Iwakuma’s rights were purchased by the Oakland A’s.  Estimates of the fee it took the Athletics to land the pitcher are as high as $14 million.

The New York Yankees are willing to overpay for Derek Jeter to the tune of a three year deal worth between $45 million and $60 million.

Where did all those runs go?

Fangraphs has already included Bill James’ 2011 player projections in their statistic profile pages.

Big League Stew has the goods on World Series . . . uh . . . goods being shipped overseas.  Most notably the shirts celebrating the 2010 champion Texas Rangers.

The Biz of Baseball talks about declining ratings for the the World Series.

Sparky Anderson died at the age of 76.  Not to sound insensitive, but how old was he in 1988?  Or maybe that was George, not Sparky.

Finally, Big League Chew is back!