I know, I know, Joe Morgan is gone. Our long national nightmare is over. Still, his specter hangs over ESPN baseball coverage like a cloud. I mute most games on that station just in case Morgan shows up unannounced.
Being beholden to ancient baseball axioms is one thing. Ranting on obvious points and never actually communicating them is another. The worst, though, is when Morgan goes into the Joe Morgan Anecdote Vault and pulls out some utterly fabricated piece of Baseball History to share with the audience.
He told a charming story, once, about the baskets that ring the outfield wall at Wrigley Field. He discussed how they were put in during the mid 1960s to help Ernie Banks reach the seats a bit more often and how the basket row came to be known as "Banks Boulevard," which is cool and all. Except that the baskets were in fact installed in 1972, the last season of Banks' career, and were never known by that sobriquet.
On that note, here are the 12 worst color commentators in MLB.