hooligan1 wrote:Art Vandelay wrote:If he left ESPN to go to the MLB channel, that's a huge career mistake.
This is just me completely surmissing about things; by no means is this meant to suggest that he is, in fact, going to the Baseball Channel (or whatever it's going to be called).
However, I fail to see why this would be a huge career mistake. The NFL Network did just this with Rich Eisen from ESPN, when they launched a few years ago, so why wouldn't MLB also want to hire a very recognizable and well-respected sportscaster like Patrick? Seems like they would be likely to pay him whatever he wants and I'm guessing he'd have some control over programming. This is supposed to be the largest-scale launch of a cable channel in the history of television, so it makes sense that they'd want to make a splash with the hiring of such a big name in the industry.......
I don't necessarily think it'd be a bad move for the MLB channel, but I do think it would be a bad move for Patrick. You're exactly right, the NFL network did the same thing with Rich Eisen, and when's the last time you saw or heard from Rich Eisen? He went from being one of the most popular personalities on the worlds biggest sports network to the lead guy on a station that nobody watches. Not only that, but I doubt the MLB network will be very successful...at least not as successful as the NFL network, which still isn't available on many cable packages. The NFL gets far better ratings than MLB, it's offseason stuff (draft, combine, etc) has been a bigger deal than any offseason baseball stuff, and the network is still struggling to find its niche. Patrick would go from being a big fish in a big pond, to a big fish in a small pond, and--if the move did take place--he'd be basically unheard from in two years.