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Marquee Sports Network adds Cliff Floyd, Cameron Maybin to Studio Coverage

No word on whether Floyd and Maybin will replace any of the analysts who have been part of Marquee Sports Network’s studio coverage.

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Marquee Sports Network is adding a couple more former Chicago Cubs to its pre- and post-game coverage for the upcoming season.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times‘ Jeff Agrest, Cliff Floyd and Cameron Maybin will contribute to the network’s studio coverage. Cubs fans might point out that neither broadcaster played a full season for the team, not that such a thing matters when it comes to analysis and commentary.

Floyd played 108 games for the Cubs in 2007. He batted .284 with a .795 OPS, nine home runs, 10 doubles, and 45 runs batted in. Maybin had a much shorter stint with the team, appearing in 18 games after being acquired from the Detroit Tigers during the 2020 season. He compiled a .250 batting average, .669 OPS, four doubles, five RBI, and three stolen bases.

Maybin is a broadcasting rookie, but is scheduled to call 40 games for the New York Yankees’ YES Network as an analyst this season. Play-by-play broadcasters Michael Kay and Ryan Ruocco both spoke highly of Maybin’s performance during game auditions.

Floyd has 12 years of experience as a broadcaster, beginning with Fox Sports Florida and moving up to national telecasts on Fox. He has also called New York Mets broadcasts for SNY and provided analysis for Toronto Blue Jays coverage on Sportsnet. Floyd is a co-host on SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio and Fantasy Sports Radio, while also appearing on MLB Network’s MLB Tonight studio show.

No word on whether Floyd and Maybin will replace any of the analysts who have been part of Marquee Sports Network’s studio coverage. The network has employed a deep cast of rotating analysts during its first two seasons on the air. Among those contributing include Ryan Dempster, Ryne Sandberg, Rick Sutcliffe, Mark Grace, Dan Plesac, Sean Marshall, Lou Piniella, and many more.

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Stugotz: ‘Sean McDonough Hates The Aaron Judge Cut-Ins’

“If you look at the numbers, if you look at the interest, if you look at the revenue that it generates for the networks, it makes more sense to have an Aaron Judge at-bat interrupted by an Iowa State field goal attempt than it does the other way around.”

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College football fans are not being shy with how they feel about Aaron Judge. Whether it is private conversations or social media posts, people are making their disdain for the cut-ins to college football games on ESPN networks when the Yankee slugger comes to bat known. On Monday morning, Stugotz added that it isn’t just fans that are unhappy.

The Dan Le Batard Show discussed the second straight week of cut-ins on Monday morning. Stugotz pointed out that one of ESPN’s primary college football voices sounds just as annoyed as fans are.

“Sean McDonough hates the toss to Aaron Judge,” he said. Hates it!”

Last week, ESPN and ABC cut into games when Judge was sitting on 60 home runs. This week, he was sitting on 61. A 62nd home run would be the most in American League history.

Stugotz added that has to be part of McDonough’s frustration.

“In his defense, what are we cutting in for? I have no idea if [Aaron Judge] is breaking a record, what record he’s breaking, if he’s clean. I have no idea!”

Producer Mike Ryan Ruiz said the fact that Judge is yet to deliver is making the cut-ins more frustrating for fans.

“I think what hurts the whole thing is that Aaron Judge has been terrible during these cut-ins,” Ruiz said. “He’s been God awful during these cut-ins. I haven’t seen a single home runs during one of these cut-ins. There was genuine fury at a watch party I was at. Fury! At Aaron Judge.”

A popular criticism of ESPN has been that this kind of attention would not be paid to Aaron Judge if he was chasing a mark that wasn’t the home run record if he played anywhere other than New York. According to Ryan, the mistake is bigger than that. Why would regular season baseball ever interrupt college football?

“If you look at the numbers, if you look at the interest, if you look at the revenue that it generates for the networks, it makes more sense to have an Aaron Judge at-bat interrupted by an Iowa State field goal attempt than it does the other way around.”

There are four games left in Major League Baseball’s regular season. You can bet college football fans will make plenty of signs for College GameDay if Judge cannot hit number 62 before the playoffs start.

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Terry Bradshaw Is Cancer Free

Bradshaw’s candor comes after struggling through a sentence during the September 25th edition of the show, in which Howie Long helped finish his sentence.

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During FOX NFL Sunday, Terry Bradshaw revealed he was diagnosed with two different forms of cancer in the last year.

However, after surgeries and treatments, Bradshaw said he is now cancer free.

The Pro Football Hall of Famer said he was diagnosed with bladder cancer in November of last year and surgery and treatments removed the cancer. Then, in March of this year, a tumor was found on the left-side of his neck. Bradshaw called it a “Merkel cell tumor”, which he had removed.

Bradshaw’s candor comes after struggling through a sentence during the September 25th edition of the show, in which Howie Long helped finish his sentence.

The 74-year-old has worked on FOX NFL Sunday since its inception in 1994. He will be inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame later this year.

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Scott Van Pelt’s ‘Bad Beats’ Becoming 30-Minute Monthly Show

Van Pelt, alongside “Stanford Steve” Coughlin, recaps the toughest losses suffered by sports gamblers with unconventional final moments and unexpected outcomes as it pertains to the over/under or point spread.

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The popular “Bad Beats” segment from SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt is being turned into a monthly half-hour show on ESPN.

Van Pelt, alongside “Stanford Steve” Coughlin, recaps the toughest losses suffered by sports gamblers with unconventional final moments and unexpected outcomes as it pertains to the over/under or point spread, otherwise known as a “bad beat”. Generally, the segment lasts around 5-10 minutes. ESPN will repurpose the content from the show to package it into a half-hour edition.

The new monthly show debuted yesterday at 5:30 PM ET on ESPN.

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