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The first African-born player reports to MLB. The Mets are a mess. Stop doubting success.

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If there are any other Pirates minor leaguers who are looking for a promotion, I can try doing for you what I did for Gift Ngoepe on Wednesday. That was really freaky.

The layoffs at ESPN are not good news for anyone. There were eight baseball writers or broadcasters let go: Jayson Stark, Doug Glanville, Doug Padilla, Mark Saxon, Jim Caple, Jim Bowden, Dallas Braden and Raul Ibañez. Not all of those people are great, but a lot of of them are. Stark is among the best in the business. Here’s one interview with James Andrew Miller, who wrote a book on ESPN, on what has gone wrong and here is another good take on the state of sports broadcasting. Mike Oz also writes about what the ESPN layoffs mean for the future of baseball broadcasting.

As Oz notes, Baseball Tonight, a show which I think has been on forever, is now officially dead except as a pregame show for Sunday Night Baseball. I haven’t watched Baseball Tonight much recently, mostly because I’m watching West Coast games instead. But also because it had become impossible to know when and on what channel it was going to air. But for many years in the ‘90s and ‘00s, it was nightly viewing for me.

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster.