Jack Morris might have missed out on his latest bid to become a Hall-Of-Famer, but his 21-win season with the Toronto Blue Jays that earned him the first of two consecutive World Series rings will always give him a special place in the franchise’s history.
Whether he’ll continue to maintain his place there as the team’s colour analyst for its radio broadcasts though, remains to be seen. Morris joined the Blue Jays brass at the State of the Franchise meeting this week, when the team announced his role in the upcoming season.
The Hall-of-Fame hopeful, who will have one final chance to make it to Cooperstown in 2014, will replace Sportsnet’s Alan Ashby, who will return to his home down south to join the Houston Astros television broadcasting team next year.
Morris has some experience in the field before, having made the occasional appearance with the Detroit Tigers broadcasting team, and most recently spending time with the Minnesota Twins booth – both teams that he was won World Series with.
As he prepares to complete the trifecta in Toronto, some fans are rather happy to see him go:
It’s easy to imagine Morris, who is more of a “eyeball test” (the term he used to talk about his HOF candidacy) kind of guy when it comes to baseball, having a penchant for over-simplifying the game. He’s one of those guys who believe in “pitching to the score”, and just going out and getting it done in the face of adversity.
That, though, might not translate too smoothly in the radio booth. But maybe that would just be putting it nicely. Tell us more, Mr. Bates:
That said, not everyone has had an icy reception to the news, with some folks welcoming the old-school style of baseball analysis that the former pitcher will bring:
But, will it be old school like this?
Sound like Morris will have some work to do to earn the approval of Blue Jays radio listeners yet.