Legendary broadcaster Dick Enberg has passed away at 82
The baseball world got some terribly sad news late Thursday night/early Friday morning as Dick Enberg, one of the all-time beloved broadcasters in sports, passed away. Known for his famous “Oh My!” calls, the broadcaster is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame as well as football and basketball. Enberg spent much of his time in the 80’s and 90’s calling football games, including eight Super Bowls, but always craved the opportunity to call more baseball games. He would end up spending some time calling NBC’s Game of the Week before being bumped for Vin Scully. Eventually, towards the end of his career he’d settle in San Diego and become the play-by-play voice of the Padres for the final seven years of his career before retiring in 2016. He was, of course, replaced by former Red Sox broadcaster Don Orsillo. Enberg is a transcendent voice across all of sports, and we wish for peace and comfort for his family in this difficult time.
MLB Advanced Media Head Bob Bowman forced out due to misconduct
From one terrible story to another in baseball, though this is a much different kind of terrible than Enberg passing away. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Bob Bowman, the head of MLB Advanced Media, has been forced out by the league after many cases of misconduct. The report includes allegations that former commissioner Bud Selig was aware of misconduct, including sexual propositions towards women and abusive behavior towards MLB employees, but did nothing of it. This is surely a stain on Selig’s already stained legacy, but surely will have no impact on his Hall of Fame status. Character clause indeed! More recently, Bowman supposedly hired escorts for an MLBAM party at the 2016 All-Star Game and got involved in an incident this past winter that ended with him shoving a member of the Red Sox ownership group. Overall, Bowman appears to be a complete asshole whose behavior was particularly deplorable towards women — something that is of course all too common among men with a certain amount of power (well, just men in all areas) — and it seems it’s long past due that he is out of his powerful position in the game.