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Twins Increase Justin Morneau’s Role On TV

“After sitting out the 2017 season, the former MVP and four-time All-Star officially retired and joined the Twins TV broadcast team in 2018, calling more games in 2019 and now taking over as their lead analyst this season.”

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Justin Morneau is taking on an increased role as part of the Minnesota Twins broadcast team. First reported by Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune, the retired first baseman will be in the Twins TV booth as an analyst for 80 games this season.

FOX Sports North recently stated their Twins’ broadcast lineup hasn’t been finalized, but according to Hartman, Morneau is adding to his schedule, while Hall of Fame pitcher and longtime analyst Burt Blyleven will work less games. The 68-year old Blyleven contributed as an analyst for 80 games in 2018, 50 last year and will likely reduce his schedule to 30 broadcasts this season.

Meanwhile, Morneau has continued to increase his analyst work for the Twins in recent years. After sitting out the 2017 season, the former MVP and four-time All-Star officially retired and joined the Twins TV broadcast team in 2018, calling more games in 2019 and now taking over as their lead analyst this season.

In addition to joining their broadcast team in 2018, Morneau also took on a role in the front office which was described as assisting with “position player development by focusing on transition programs and teaching an understanding of major league expectations, environment, and culture.” Whether or not that has changed was not announced, but recently, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred made it clear he was not comfortable with journalists moonlighting as front office personnel.

“Let me give you a short answer on that one: No. I’m not all that comfortable with it. I’m really not,” Manfred said earlier this month according to the New York Post’s Ken Davidoff. “But it’s a topic that remains under discussion internally. As you know, it causes a lot of complications, not just on this particular incident or comments, but in general.”

“This particular incident” referred to Pedro Martinez and Jessica Mendoza criticizing Mike Fiers for exposing the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal. Martinez works for MLB Network and TBS as an analyst, while also contributing as a special assistant to the Boston Red Sox. Mendoza is an ESPN analyst and has since resigned from her role as a baseball operations adviser to the New York Mets.

Unlike Mendoza and Martinez, Morneau will not be working as an analyst on the national stage. Similarly, Kirk Gibson continues to call games locally for the Tigers on FOX Sports Detroit while working as an adviser to general manager Al Avila. But again, whether or not Morneau is still working in the Twins front office has not been reported in conjunction with the news that he’ll be taking on an increased analyst role.

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Stephen Nelson: Joining Dodgers Booth ‘Different Challenge Than I’ve Ever Had’

“If you grew up a fan of sports in Southern California, you had Vin Scully…Jaime Jarrin…Chick Hearn…Ralph Lawler…Every single night you could listen and watch broadcasting greatness.”

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MLB Network Intentional Talk co-host Stephen Nelson is joining the Los Angeles Dodgers television booth, and is slated to call at least 50 games for the franchise on Spectrum SportsNet LA in 2023.

Nelson will work games when lead play-by-play announcer Joe Davis is on assignment for national games as the lead announcer for MLB on FOX and is the network’s number two NFL announcer.

In an interview with Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic, Nelson was cognizant of “the weight and responsibility” that comes with working for the Dodgers.

“It’s a different challenge than I’ve ever had,” Nelson said. “If you grew up a fan of sports in Southern California, you had Vin Scully, you had Jaime (Jarrín), had Chick Hearn or you’re listening to Ralph Lawler on the Clippers. Every single night you could listen and watch broadcasting greatness … even though they weren’t teaching a class directly, I still went to their school.”

The 33-year-old Nelson will be the only Asian American play-by-play broadcaster working Major League Baseball, and he’s proud of that distinction.

“It means everything to me,” Nelson said. “To be in a position where I can help further pave the way for the next wave of AAPI broadcasters or minority broadcasters — because if you look around the sport, and sports in general, it’s pretty embarrassing, to be frank. That’s something that I do not approach lightly at all. It’s a massive responsibility.”

In 2022, Nelson worked as a play-by-play announcer for AppleTV+’s Friday Night Baseball franchise, mostly on the outlet’s “West” games, alongside Hunter Pence, Katie Nolan, and Heidi Watney.

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Greg Olsen Can Leave FOX For Another Network

“When Tom Brady is ready, that chair is his.”

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Now that Tom Brady’s playing career is officially over, plenty of people are talking about what comes next. He has a contract from FOX on the table that will put him in the network’s top NFL booth when he is ready. What that means for Greg Olsen remains unclear.

Olsen has won plenty of fans this season. Last week, he told ESPN 1000 that he is a “big boy” and he “knew what he signed up for” when he was elevated to the top slot at the network alongside Kevin Burkhardt. When Tom Brady is ready, that chair is his.

Plenty have speculated that FOX could go with a three-man booth. That way the network gets the benefits of both Brady’s star power and Olsen’s ability to dissect a game.

There is another option for Greg Olsen though according to Andrew Marchand. The New York Post writer reports that Olsen can opt out of his contract at FOX and join another network if he is offered a job.

Olsen cannot take just anything. He can only pursue a job in another network’s top booth if offered. That spot is locked up for every network with an NFL TV deal currently, but it won’t be forever and Greg Olsen has proven his worth to the broadcasting world this season.

“He could end up being this generation’s Cris Collinsworth, having a long, lucrative career, despite not having played quarterback or for the Cowboys or in New York,’ Marchand writes. “People love an underdog — especially if the person delivers.”

While Tom Brady will eventually be Kevin Burkhardt’s partner, it will not happen on February 12th. FOX is sticking with Burkhardt and Olsen to call Super Bowl LVII.

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Molly Qerim: Stephen A. Smith and I Have Never Had a Mike and the Mad Dog-Style Fight

“We’re definitely annoyed at each other for times. There were times when we were very, very annoyed.”

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Mike and the Mad Dog were celebrated on First Take Wednesday morning for their legendary careers. One topic that came up was their legendary fights, with host Molly Qerim saying — luckily — she’s never had that issue arise with Stephen A. Smith.

Nearing the conclusion of the episode, Qerim pointed out how ridiculous some of the arguments between Mike Francesa and Chris “Mad Dog” Russo became, bringing up the legendary discussion about the restrooms at Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium.

“You guys would debate everything, even bathrooms,” Qerim said. “You really debated bathrooms.”

Francesa and Russo then discussed how the bathroom discussion led to months of silence, where they did not speak to each other outside of the show for more than five months, before Francesa’s wife invited Russo to their wedding, which eventually squashed the beef.

“Think about it. If you two (Smith and Qerim) did not get along, and for five months and you walked in here and didn’t talk to each other either before, during or after (the show),” Russo said. “That’s hard to pull off.”

“We never did that,” replied Qerim. “We’re definitely annoyed at each other at times. There were times when we were very, very annoyed.”

Francesa asked Qerim and Smith if they’d ever had “a real fight” with both immediately responding no.

Smith did note — somewhat jokingly — that he had felt “very bruised” from time to time by Qerim.

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