Report: This is Don Orsillo's last season

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Mcdonough comes with WAY too much baggage and is Monty still in broadcasting?

 
 
Yes. In fact, he went to broadcast school recently...where else do you think he learned to make those dynamite drop-ins?
 

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This stinks. As others have noted, Orsillo is easily in the 90th percentile when it comes to PBP guys. (If you don't believe me, spend a whole season out-of-market with MLB TV and listen to some of the other guys)
 
O'Brien/Eck 2016.
 

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New info. Chad now saying it's a NESN guy named Joseph Maar who's not Orsillo's biggest fan. He's relatively new, apparently, so he wants to install his own announcer-boy. 
 
Maar's previous MLB team backgrounds includes being in charge of the broadcasts for the Twins and Brewers (see link). The Brewers have Uecker, of course, while the Twins announcers always seem competent but dull.
 
http://nesn.com/2012/07/nesn-hires-joseph-maar-as-vice-president-of-programming-and-production-executive-producer/
 

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Corsi said:
https://twitter.com/GlobeChadFinn/status/636169011659718656
 
That is an absolute fucking disgrace on the part of NESN, which proves yet again they're an ongoing joke of an RSN propped up by nothing by money.  Werner has basically become my own personal Lucchino-devil, responsible for every idiot decision within the organization.
 

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Of course they'll continue with the constant stream of booth guests, which I'm pretty sure even those peoples grandmothers instinctively mute when they come on.
 

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The announcers are the least of the Red Sox problems.  And to do this with a month or so left in the season is absolutely ridiculous timing.  Does these suits have any freaking clue? Could have made the change after the season when "evaluations" are done and it wouldn't raise anywhere near the emotional response it does now.
 

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As I feared...
 
Maar comes to NESN with over 25 years of experience in the sports media industry, leading and developing the operational, logistical and creative aspects of studio and remote event productions. In his most recent position at FOX Sports North (FSN) regions based out of Minneapolis, Maar led the redevelopment of their original programming. He oversaw live events, studio shows, interactive projects, second screen media and new channel initiatives for two FOX regional sports networks across a five-state region of the Upper Midwest. The telecasts Maar oversaw included the Minnesota Twins and Milwaukee Brewers (MLB), the Minnesota Wild (NHL), the Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks (NBA), the University of Minnesota, and the Minnesota Vikings (NFL). "Joseph has a rare combination of experiences in live sports, original programming, production, operations, and social media that he'll bring to the management team at NESN," said Sean McGrail, NESN's President and CEO. "We're thrilled to have someone of Joseph's caliber join the management team at NESN." Prior to working at FSN, Maar worked in ESPN's Original Entertainment division and helped launch 20 new shows including Pardon The Interruption (PTI) and Around The Horn. 
 
I'd take boring over "hot take" idiocy.  
 

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I'm glad people are coming to Don's defense here. I've never understood the enmity this board has for Orsillo. Who cares about the goofy stuff, really? When a play needs to be called, he almost always nails it. And if you listen to other teams, including the Yankees, you realize how good we have had it.

I'm shocked, especially by Chad's tweet.
 

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If ever there was a time for Don to drop the mic, tonight's the night.  Announce the first pitch, drop the mic, fire off a couple freedom rockets and high tail it to your car.
 

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Did Orsillo say something on air recently that pissed off NESN management? I can't figure out why else they would consider pulling him this week.
 

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It's probably money. I think even Werner understands that a winning team draws ratings, no matter who is announcing.
 
I have more faith that my dog won't eat a pizza left on the floor than I have that Tom Werner knows jack about anything. 
 

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Corsi said:
If ever there was a time for Don to drop the mic, tonight's the night.  Announce the first pitch, drop the mic, fire off a couple freedom rockets and high tail it to your car.
 
Yeah, that's a great way to get yourself another gig.  If he's the pro everyone says he is, he'll go out like one whether it's tonight or at the end of September.
 

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nattysez said:
 
WTF?  Why would they not let him finish out the year?
 
 
 
Hey it could have been worse. They could have handed him a press announcement mid-inning regarding his termination and have him read it before they gave him a box to pack his stuff.  Missed opportunity for a viral video on their part. 
 

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What a mess. By all accounts Orsillo is a decent guy. This leaves him (and NESN) with no good option here. Do they leave Orsillo in the booth for the next 5-6 weeks? That's embarassing for everyone. Put a replacement in the booth for the rest of the season? It sounds like that other fill in was awful. 
 
All of this could have been avoided with a November press release. Especially when you already have your replacement in house.
 

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If it's OB then that's the best possible outcome considering how much suck there is out there. That said, NESN is stupid as hell if they think Orsillo has anything to do with declining ratings. Try putting a good product on the field.
 

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SeanBerry said:
What a mess. By all accounts Orsillo is a decent guy. This leaves him (and NESN) with no good option here. Do they leave Orsillo in the booth for the next 5-6 weeks? That's embarassing for everyone. Put a replacement in the booth for the rest of the season? It sounds like that other fill in was awful. 
 
All of this could have been avoided with a November press release. Especially when you already have your replacement in house.
 
You said it. This was handled in the most clumsy, public, step-on-their-dicks way possible by the team.
 
Don's a solid pro and will land on his feet. His work on TBS broadcasting their playoff games showed that he's not just Remy's straight man; in that situation he was more assertive and in charge of the broadcast than he is on NESN because he has to defer to Remy all the time. Hopefully he'll come out of this nonsense alright.
 
He deserves better than this.
 

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The Gray Eagle said:
Did Orsillo say something on air recently that pissed off NESN management? I can't figure out why else they would consider pulling him this week.
 
This is where I am. There's got to be so much more to this story, if they were/are considering immediate termination.
 
Makes me wonder now whether we've missed some veiled hints in recent broadcasts of the coming storm. 
 

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Finn talked last year at this time of will-they won't-they about picking up Orsillo's 2015 option since they couldn't get a deal done. This has definitely been a few years in the making, going back to when they first started those "mandatory" vacations for him and Remy (this wasn't new in 2015).
 

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Hey it could have been worse. They could have handed him a press announcement mid-inning regarding his termination and have him read it before they gave him a box to pack his stuff.  Missed opportunity for a viral video on their part. 
 
"My firing has been brought to you by Giant Glass!"
 

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By way of the K, (player) goes down on strikes. I always loved DO's ability to repeat what happened within the same sentence. Like many others, I think DO is a familiar voice that will be missed. Pawtucket boy sucks.
 

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Corsi said:
If ever there was a time for Don to drop the mic, tonight's the night.  Announce the first pitch, drop the mic, fire off a couple freedom rockets and high tail it to your car.
 
And then NOT work in the business again?
 
 

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Don Orsillo "hitting the road" brought to you by Sullivan Tire Company.
Steve Physioc and Rex Hudler as replacements.  There won't be a floor strong enough to support the ratings.
 

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I would only and humbly add to HomeBrew's list the Tigers' alleged announcing teams, but his list pretty much nails it.
 
Pray that NESN does not do a YES Network set-up, with a Michael Kay-like homer and a cast of thousands.
 

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Perfectly ok with Dave O'Brien. Glad to be wrong about next year's broadcasts.

That said this sucks so much. Don should still be here.
 

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This is Joseph Maar:
 

 
No wonder he doesn't like Orsillo.  He'd prefer to hire two knuckleheads to fake debate for 3 hours.
 

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Corsi said:
This is Joseph Maar:
 

 
No wonder he doesn't like Orsillo.  He'd prefer to hire two knuckleheads to fake debate for 3 hours.
 
To be fair to Maar, PTI and ATH were fresh formats in 2000, and led the way for print journalists to survive with TV transitions.  Both calcified long ago, but if you want to talk about the decline and fall of the medium, the dark arts First Take practiced when standing on the shoulders of those two shows, and the symbiotic effect their success had on ESPN's overall programming, is the real culprit.
 

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Going to miss Don, he was a doof but cheery, positive and professional. 
 
I really enjoy listening to O'Brien on EEI so that's a relief to hear. If they started fresh and paired him with Eck, I'd be a happy camper. Though that being said, I've felt Remy's had a bit of a renaissance this year, being consistently insightful and unusually focused. 
 
The timing just seems wrong though, there has to be more to this.
 

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Axe him mid season? What a fucking joke. They need to get this clown show under control.
 

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I could live with O'Brien and Eckersley, both of whom I like, but hate to see Orsillo and/or Remy go, and pretty disgusted with the way the team does business like this.
 
I'm also very curious to know what data suggests that changing announcers could help ratings -- I've seen zero positive feedback for this move anywhere online, so if there's a silent majority who hated Orsillo, I have no idea what it looks like.
 

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Wonder if Merloni takes over color for radio broadcasts now.
I was wondering the same thing. Don't listen to EEI much anymore, but whenever I do, Merloni comes across as completely bored on his show. Maybe he's ready for something else, although with a young kid it's a tough travel schedule.
 

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:unsure: Gary Thorne is opinionated and has New England roots.  :unsure: 
 
Is there a contract status site for announcers?
 

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I was wondering the same thing. Don't listen to EEI much anymore, but whenever I do, Merloni comes across as completely bored on his show. Maybe he's ready for something else, although with a young kid it's a tough travel schedule.
 
Merloni must still regret not taking the chance with Felger. Felger may have driven him crazy, but it would've made that show better than Mazz. Love Merloni. Wish he could find his place here.
 

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I have worked closely with people at NESN. Few things:
 
100% Maar's decision. 
 
Orsillo is unlikely to appear on NESN again, but not 100% sure yet. Even one of the people on the crew tonight has not been informed (Said 'Don isn't here yet but we haven't been told. No idea what's happening tonight. Typical NESN'.)
 
Don leaked the info himself today. NESN would have preferred to wait until after the season, but DO wanted it released on his schedule. 
 
It cannot be stated how bad of a decision maker Maar is. The only good thing he's done is bring Erdahl with him from Minnesota. He's the one responsible for talent decisions like Nikki Reyes, Sarah Nicole Davis, Elle Duncan, ect. Made the call to go with the super generic new morning show and putting Duncan/Davis together for NESN Live, which may be the worst show ever created. His eye for talent is pitiful (minus Erdahl), and his feel for programming is worse.