ESPN, which already has two insiders who are widely regarded as the top in their sports — Adam Schefter on the NFL and Adrian Wojnarowski on the NBA — just gave itself what may be the inside track on Major League Baseball.
The New York Post reports that the sports network lured Jeff Passan from Yahoo, with the plan being to install Passan as ESPN’s top breaking-news insider on MLB.
“The network has baseball information guys already in Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian and Pedro Gomez,” The Post notes. “While the trio, especially Olney, do break some news, they haven’t gone tidbit-for-tidbit with the prolific trio of MLB Network insiders, Ken Rosenthal, Jon Heyman and The Post’s Joel Sherman, in a while.”
The report notes that Rosenthal also works for The Athletic and is Fox’s top insider/dugout TV reporter, while Heyman writes for Fancred.
“Last week, ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick announced he is leaving the site after 15 years,” the report notes. “Crasnick, a do-everything guy, broke stories, wrote features and did some TV and radio. His responsibilities increased after the site downsized when senior writer Jayson Stark was let go in April 2017. Stark is now on MLB Network, Stadium and writes for The Athletic.”
Passan, 38, will reportedly be asked to be as prolific as Schefter and Wojnarowski. “Passan is expected to be on TV a good amount, though ESPN greatly favors the NFL and the NBA on its studio programming,” The Post reports.