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Harold Reynolds Fired By ESPN

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Della9250, Jul 25, 2006.

  1. Della9250

    Della9250 Well-Known Member

    Proably belongs on the journalism board but...since everyone hates ESPN:


    ESPN yesterday fired analyst Harold Reynolds from Baseball Tonight, sources told The Post. The reason was not immediately known.
    "We are not going to comment," ESPN VP Josh Krulewitz said.

    When asked how they are going to explain that Reynolds will never be on the air again, Krulewitz still declined comment.

    Reynolds did not return calls.

    Reynolds, 45, had been with ESPN 11 years. He had been a fixture on the show, which is a gathering spot for baseball fans, players and team executives.

    The program already is dealing with the loss of information man Peter Gammons. Gammons is recovering from a brain aneurysm that occurred at the end of last month. The show's main analysts had been Reynolds, Gammons and John Kruk.

    In Gammons' absence, ex-Met GM Steve Phillips has played a bigger role on the show. The program uses several analysts, including Orel Hershiser, Tino Martinez and Jeff Brantley.

    Last night, host Karl Ravech was joined by Kruk and Phillips. Reynolds usually is on Monday nights.

    Reynolds was known for a smooth style that usually was player friendly. He never found himself in too much controversy for what he said on the air. In fact, ESPN was so high on him he was expected to stay with the network through its just signed eight-year deal with MLB.

    Now, after yesterday, Reynolds is no longer welcome in Bristol.
  2. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    Weird. He had a smooth delivery even if what he said wasn't always great analysis. He's still far less grating and "know-it-all" than Steve Phillips is. Man does he suck. Hopefully this means more of Orel Hershiser, who has done a really good job from what I've seen.
  3. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    More Steve Phillips, less (no) Harold Reynolds? WTF are they thinking?

    Man, this is shitty news. Harold can be overly enthusiastic, but he's enjoyable to watch. Much more so than anybody else they got there (with the exception of Hershiser.)

  4. Jeff Gluck

    Jeff Gluck Member

    Oh man! This is really a shame and a surprise. Something bad must have gone down, obviously...wow. I don't like too many ESPN personalities, but I definitely enjoyed Harold's stuff. Really too bad...
  5. mpcincal

    mpcincal Well-Known Member

    There's definitely something here we don't yet know about.
    Reynolds held his own on the show, and you don't just fire baseball analysts from a national show in the middle of the season without a compelling reason. Especially when another one recently got hit with serious health problems.
  6. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    Ever seen Harold work a clubhouse? If he was any chummier with the players, he'd be jumping in the shower with them.
  7. WazzuGrad00

    WazzuGrad00 Guest

    Since when is that cause to be fired by ESPN?

    I did notice some tension on Sunday between Reynolds and Kruk. Harold was trying to get a word in edgewise and Kruk was rambling. When Kruk finished, Reynolds said, "are you finished?" I didn't sound like friendly needling. Don't know if that was indicative of a bigger problem.
  8. Columbo

    Columbo Active Member

    You don't get fired midseason, with his pedigree at ESPN, unless he is trying to twiddle a twat or two against their will.

    And, he was awful.
  9. BostonCeltz

    BostonCeltz Guest

    They should fire Kruk next.
  10. expendable

    expendable Well-Known Member

    He went the way of others fired at ESPN. I guess he refused to take a ridiculous opinion and scream it at the top of his lungs. FOX, or the XM baseball channel, will benefit in the long run.
  11. Columbo

    Columbo Active Member

    What do you mean "refused to take a ridiculous opinion"?

    Or were you more stressing his not screaming?

    Because, HR was filled with the former.
  12. PaseanaARG

    PaseanaARG Guest

    I really liked Reynolds. I want to know what happened.

    Come on, BristolInsider!
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