wrveres wrote:I don't know if this is in this thread somewhere, I started to read it backwords and saw all the religious stuff so I stopped ...
But has anybody heard the rumor that Harold Reynolds was fired because he got into it with a few producers at ESPN over their on air treatment of Kid Wonderful? Harold Reynolds and A-Rod are apparently tight .. I just heard it tonight and I am looking for a link ... anybody, anybody ... Buehler?
I know a guy that works at ESPiN. A friend of mine asked him about the situation last week and he skirted around the question of why he got fired. He could have sung the sexual harrasment song like the rest of them, but he did not. Now, I am starting to believe the story about him getting into it with someone more and more when I read posts like yours and articles like these posted below. Harold was even acting funny on the air for the past couple of weeks. Did you see him during the HR derby? And the "I had to watch yall" comment that he made during the week before he left to the rest of the anchors on the set. Very odd.
Maybe ARod or the Boss wanted heads to roll at ESPiN for all of the bad mouthing.
Even when all of that "trade AROD" talk was going on, I had a hard time believing what I was hearing. I said to myself "not you too Harold" when I heard his comments during BBT. And then sometimes it seemed as if he backed away from them.
Where were the "Yanks should trade Jeter" comments the year before? It is like ESPin has developed this "let's stir up the pot mentality" in the post 9-11 world. The sportcenter vehicle is being driven by the "big headlines make big news and get big ratings" style of media engine. It is either T.O. (when he acts a fool)-mode, Danica Patrick (when she looks as if she is about to do something)-mode, Tiger (when sux)-mode, Bonds (when it looks like he is about to get arrested)-mode..and I am starting to get sick of this tabloid stuff.
Big Mac just said that he will not talk to Mitchell...and I READ ABOUT THAT
. I have yet to see it mentioned by an anchor or reporter on ESPiN. I have really been watching ESPiN news a whole lot more than sportscenter in recent months.
ESPiN has fallen into the trap of making the news, and not reporting news.
ESPN tougher on sexual harassment than drugs
By Marc Katz
You've got to be careful when you go from being an athlete to the talk-radio booth or television studio. That seamy off-the-field story might be about yourself.
Former big-league infielder Harold Reynolds was fired this week from Baseball Tonight by ESPN.
The network won't say why, but Reynolds is claiming (through the New York Post) that his hug of a female employee was the catalyst.
"I gave a woman a hug, and I felt like it was misinterpreted," Reynolds said.
Applause to ESPN if Reynolds actually is a harassing hugger to unwilling recipients, but how is it that ESPN can fire a guy for hugging while only giving former Dallas Cowboys superstar Michael Irvin a one-week suspension after he was caught with drug paraphernalia is his car? I know, no charges were ever filed, but Irvin had a history of previous problems with drugs.
And, speaking of drug busts, I'm told Rush Limbaugh is still on the air, despite recent incidents with OxyContin and Viagra.
Sexual harassment may have become a bigger problem than drugs.
Yankees advice from a Met?
Former Mets General Manager Steve Phillips wants the Yankees to trade Alex Rodriguez.
I'm guessing Phillips — who couldn't sign A-Rod when the former Mariners shortstop left Seattle for Texas — wants the Yanks to reacquire Aaron Boone to play third base, where Rodriguez now plays.
A-Rod can't take the boos? Nothing says "I love you" in New York like boos.
http://www.daytondailynews.com/sports/c ... nside.html
Reynolds departs ESPN job
Pattern of sexual harassment cited by network employees
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
FROM WIRE REPORTS
Harold Reynolds, one of ESPN’s most visible analysts and a longtime panelist on Baseball Tonight, has left the network in the wake of one or more incidents of sexual harassment.
An ESPN spokeswoman yesterday confirmed Reynolds’ departure but declined to provide a reason for it.
Three people who work at ESPN and were familiar with the case said the cause was a pattern of sexual harassment, apparently culminating in a recent incident involving one of the network’s young production assistants.
Reynolds, 45, a major leaguer for 12 seasons before joining ESPN in 1996, did not appear Monday on Baseball Tonight after having worked the Sunday show, during which he joined fellow analyst Steve Phillips in suggesting the New York Yankees trade Alex Rodriguez.
In addition to Baseball Tonight, Reynolds, who is married and has an infant daughter, worked as a game analyst for the Little League World Series and College World Series.
Reynolds was extremely popular among ESPN staffers, many of whom were shocked when the story of his dismissal began to circulate Monday afternoon.
http://www.columbusdispatch.com/sports- ... C5-01.html
An elegy for Baseball Tonight
August 02, 2006
by Benjamin Kabak
Once upon a time, I would look forward to watching Baseball Tonight. In the days before the Internets, ESPN’s hour of baseball was my way of finding out who won, who played well, who got the big hits and who made the slick fielding plays.
The show in its younger and more vulnerable days was a veritable fount of information. The game highlights would be extensive, and the graphic after the highlight reel would present a nearly complete box score. The talking heads on the show would opine about the game in a way that made you think they actually cared. They weren’t just ex-players with outrageous opinions and pea-sized brains like they are now.
As the baseball world awoke this morning to a report in The New York Post that ESPN had dismissed long-time Baseball Tonight co-host Harold Reynolds, we were stunned. As the day unfolded, the only further information available was a report on Deadspin containing anonymous remarks about Reynolds’ sexual harassment of female staffers in Bristol.
If these accounts are true, Reynold’s dismissal is a sad but not unjustifiable action. For Baseball Tonight fans, it basically closes the book on what has been a tumultuous few weeks. First, ESPN lost Peter Gammons to a crippling brain aneurysm; now, Reynolds, one of the last remaining anchors who could talk with any authority, is gone for the show.
In his place, we will be subjected to the whims and idiocies of the likes of Steve Phillips and John Kruk. How did Baseball Tonight fall so far?
Phillips, as New Yorkers will recall, was dismissed from the Mets in 2003 after running the team into the ground. He was more concerned with his image than with the product on the field and was notorious for bringing in Mo Vaughn and Roberto Alomar, two high-paid flops in the Big Apple. On ESPN, he had a prominent role in a series of ludicrious set-ups where he acted the part of a Major League GM. Suffice it to say, he wasn’t too convincing.
John Kruk, on the other hand, is a joke. He is downright hostile to anyone who doesn’t play the game the right way and probably gets along quite well with Joe Morgan. Kruk can’t form coherent sentences, and he looks like a cross betwen a refridgerator and a washed-up baseball player. (On the other hand, Kruk is the more attractive version of what Curt Schilling will look like in 5 years.)
Waiting in the wings are Rob Dibble, Tino Martinez, and a whole slew of other players who just talk and talk and talk about nothing. And that is the whole problem with Baseball Tonight. While Harold Reynolds may not have been the second coming of Baseball Prospectus on TV, he had something to add to the show. Now, no one has anything to add to the broadcast.
Case in point: ESPN.com’s homepage has, for the last 24 hours, featured Steve Phillips’ inane commentary on Alex Rodriguez. Because of two bad weeks, the Yankees, according to Phillips, should trade the best living baseball player to the Cubs for a crappy outfielder (Jacques Jones) and an inferior third baseman (Aramis Ramirez). In Phillips’ world, the Cubs would also throw in Carlos Zambrano. Right, Steve. You’re a genius. Now go away.
No longer does Baseball Tonight show copious highlights. They talk about home runs and some nice fielding plays. They seem to utterly shy away from anything that would draw in a viewer such as rational discussions or any brief mention of how players are doing. It’s become the ADD, 20-minute version of a baseball highlight show.
With Reynolds gone and Gammons’ future up in the air, the John Kruks of the world now rule the airwaves. Cover your ears; hide your children; and stay away from ESPN.
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