Chipper Jones's interest is the latest twist in ESPN's baseball saga


ESPN is interested in winning Hall of Famer Chipper Jones as a game analyst.

Jones made a game on ESPN last year in which he and the player Boog Sciambi had very good chemistry. The cameo has sparked the interest of ESPN executives.

Last week, The Post reported that ESPN is considering replacing its Sunday Night Baseball stand with David Cone, who may be able to replace Jessica Mendoza. Either Cone or Mendoza would work with Matt Vasgersian and Alex Rodriguez. ESPN may also consider other options.

At the moment, Jones doesn't seem to be a candidate for Sunday Night, but could play some games during the week.

ESPN lost David Ross to the cubs, while Ryan Howard decided not to return. Eduardo Perez is a candidate for Astros' leadership position, so the network could open another position.

It would make sense to add a limited amount of Jones to check if he can do well in multiple games and possibly as an A-Rod insurance on Sundays.

Rodriguez will enter the last year of his contract next season, as will Vasgersian.

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End interview: Traug Keller leaves ESPN after serving as Senior Vice President for Audio.

We asked Keller what he was most proud of in his almost three decades on radio, including the last 16 exclusively on ESPN. He saved "Mike & Mike" from being canceled in the early 2000s.

"The show was 18 months ago," remembers Keller. "The TV [executives] The room said, "We don't see any evaluation results, we should probably turn them off." I remember taking my point of view and saying, "No way. You have to bake it on the radio. The medium works differently than television. It takes time. If you have people who get along and build a community you have to give them at least a couple of years. They retired and Mike & Mike had a spectacular run. "

The show grew and became not only a fixed point on the radio, but also on television. Mike Golic is still hosting the morning show, while Mike Greenberg is now “Get Up!” On TV.

The other aspect that Keller brought to ESPN is to make sure that his department sees himself as "audio" rather than "radio", which has allowed ESPN to think wider than some of its competitors and spread faster across different platforms.

His greatest regret?

"I am sorry to let Colin Cowherd escape," said Keller. "I think he's a great talent."

In 2015, Cowherd left ESPN for Fox Sports. In 2004, ESPN discovered Cowherd to replace Tony Kornheiser.

At that time, program director John McConnell was searching Arbitron ratings and looking for a slip for an oversized rating. Cowherd had oversized ratings in Portland.

"That's how we found Colin," said Keller.

As Keller retires from ESPN, he will continue to work as he moves to America Magazine, a bi-weekly Jesuit association. As COO, he will continue to expand into the multimedia area. You already have a popular podcast with Father James Martin. Keller could make him the next cowherd.

In place of Keller, ESPN New York's Tim McCarthy will lead the local ESPN stations in New York and Los Angeles and the play-by-play business, while Scott McCarthy (unrelated to Tim) will lead the national network.

Fox-y Super Bowl: The Super Bowl will take place on February 2nd on Fox. That means Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will be at the booth with Mike Pereira and Dean Blandino. Erin Andrews and Chris Myers take care of the sidelines.

Fox has added the Panthers & # 39; Greg Olsen to its coverage. In the winter of Tony Romo's NFL TV agency is Romo Gerrit Cole, while Olsen could be considered DJ LeMahieu. Olsen can really offer good value for money because it costs less and has proven positive.

Olsen scored high marks with Kenny Albert at a Giants game this season. However, Olsen could return to the NFL and play for another year.