That’s the message from Daily News media guy Bob Raissman to Mets color guy Keith Hernandez:
Pull back on the gaga factor. If you don’t, crossing over from analyst into Fan Boy territory is easy to do. Hernandez has not crossed that line but definitely straddled it … Hernandez should have limited the reminders and let the pictures do the talking. Instead he delivered lines like: “I’m just enjoying watching this man work.” Or how Harvey was “executing” pitches. Or how “relentless” Harvey was. This was evident just by watching. Hernandez was “enjoying” Harvey’s performance so much he often stated the obvious, something he rarely does.
Being a fanboy is bad for broadcasters when it causes them to ignore what’s happening in front of their faces (see Harrelson, Hawk). But what’s the harm in a guy actually marveling at a marvelous talent? If Harvey has a bad game and Hernandez blames it on the umps or becomes some sort of apologist, fine, he may be too in the bag. But do we really expect announcers to not enjoy what they’re seeing from time to time? Especially if the announcer, like Hernandez, almost always plays it straight-up otherwise?
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates will sign reliever Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract extension that includes two club options. The total value of the deal is believed to be $22 million and each club option is worth $10 million.
Rivero, 26, did not come to an agreement with the Pirates to avoid arbitration in his first year of eligibility ahead of last Friday’s deadline. He requested a $2.9 million salary for the 2018 season while the Pirates countered at $2.4 million. This extension will cover all four years of Rivero’s arbitration eligibility and the two club options can cover his first two years of free agency as well.
Rivero was one of baseball’s best relievers last season, finishing with 21 saves, a 1.67 ERA, and an 88/20 K/BB ratio in 75 1/3 innings. The Pirates acquired him from the Nationals along with minor leaguer Taylor Hearn ahead of the 2016 non-waiver trade deadline in the Mark Melancon deal.
Presumably, Rivero’s extension was in the works before he knew anything about the Andrew McCutchen trade. He made a couple of tweets following this afternoon’s news. In one, he used only the “facepalm” emoji. The other was a .gif of The Office character Jim Halpert yelling, “What is going on?”