Joe Morgan and Jon Miller have not been re-signed by the World Wide Leader

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This is interesting.  It involves a bit too much speculation for our liking, but it is interesting.

Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News suspects that baseball broadcasters Jon Miller and Joe Morgan might be done as a tandem at ESPN.  The two are scheduled to broadcast the World Series on ESPN Radio later this month but do not have a contract lined up for next season on the television or radio side.

“It’s reasonable speculation (about ESPN not bringing them back),” an MLB source told the Daily News.  “Normally, in this circumstance Jon and Joe would have been signed by now.  Not always, but often.”
It is a bit abnormal that Miller and Morgan have not been re-upped, but the offseason extends over several months and there is plenty of time for negotiations to take place.
While some HBT readers are probably ecstatic at the idea of Morgan — not so much Miller — moving on to another gig, it’s definitely not a sure thing at this point and the two have been working together now for 21 seasons.  Our guess is that streak will continue.
(Hat tip to The Big Lead)

Long time NL umpire Dutch Rennert has died

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MLB.com reports that long time umpire Dutch Rennert has died at the age of 88.

Rennert retired as a National League umpire after the 1992 season, so a lot of you didn’t get a chance to see him. But believe me, if you got a chance to see him in action, you’d remember him. He had one of the most distinct strikeout calls in history. He’d go turn to the side, go down on one knee, point with purpose and bellow “STRIKE . . . ONNNNNNEEEEE!”

It was quite the scene, man:

 

I used to love it when Rennert called a game I was watching on TV. I always knew the count.

Rest in Peace, Dutch. I cannot vouch for the peace of whoever is on the cloud next to yours, though.