Jon Miller ESPN: Cable sports network parts way with longtime baseball play-by-play man

Jon Miller ESPN: After 21 seasons, the cable network has decided to go with a different voice on its Sunday night baseball games. ESPN has announced that Jon Miller and analyst Joe Morgan won't be back in the booth for the 2011 season.

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ESPN baseball announcers (L to R) Joe Morgan, Jon Miller, and Orel Hershiser joke around before a game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on June 6.

After helping ESPN establish itself as Major League Baseball's Sunday night cable television home, the network has decided to let play-by-play announcer Jon Miller and analyst Joe Morgan go.

In showing the longtime duo the door, ESPN did give them a tip of the cap.

"Over the last two decades, Joe went from Hall of Fame player to one of his sport's top analysts and Jon's Hall of Fame voice and tremendous knowledge of the game have connected with baseball fans everywhere," ESPN executive vice president Norby Williamson said in a statement to the Associated Press on Monday. "We owe them our deepest thanks for an outstanding body of work."

There's no news on who might replace Morgan and Miller. Speculation could start with former Dodgers and Indians pitcher Orel Hershisher, who worked several Sunday night games this past season as an analyst for the network. Versatile ESPN play-by-play announcer Dan Shulman has also filled in for Miller in the past.

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