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Keith Olbermann To Be Part-Time MLB Network Host. When Will He Start Feuding With MLB Network Executives?


Keith Olbermann’s been laying pretty low since his customarily bitter breakup with Current TV earlier this year, save for occasional appearances as a panelist on ABC political roundtable show This Week and his baseball blog. Today, though, came the announcement that he’ll be returning to the small screen – as a guest host on the MLB Network program Hot Stove. Olbermann will host the program Tuesday and Wednesday. He had something of a trial run earlier today:

Olbermann phoned into the program this morning to talk about the MLB MVP races with Harold Reynolds and Matt Vasgersian, and to preview next week’s shows. He was in-studio yesterday as part of a panel discussion on the American League MVP.

As for the type of show Olbermann will be hosting, here’s how MLB Network describes Hot Stove:

In an offseason where news can break at any moment, Hot Stove will start a baseball fan’s day by providing live analysis, debate and interviews with MLB Network insiders, current MLB players and celebrity baseball fans.

At this point, anytime Keith Olbermann gets a new job, it’s tempting to wonder when his relationship with his new employer is going to fall apart. (Indeed, as you’ll notice, it was a temptation we couldn’t resist in the headline of this post.) But The Atlantic Wire’s Alexander Abad-Santos thinks this partnership has some potential, and there’s reason for some intrigue here. For one, this is (for now) a guest-hosting gig for two days. Even Olbermann probably can’t have a falling out with his bosses that quickly. Also, that baseball blog of Olbermann’s we linked to before is, don’t forget, under the MLB umbrella. He’s already involved with MLB’s media operations in some capacity.

Also, while maybe the Olbermann stories that stick out to everyone now involve him being impossible to work with, but almost as legion are the stories of him being really, really good at doing TV. Combine that with him being a baseball fanatic, and it would shock no one if Olbermann presides over a very good couple editions of Hot Stove. And if he does… then the talk about an expanded role for Olbermann at MLB Network probably starts. And we all know how that story ends. But for now, MLB Network has itself the most capable guest host there is. And it’ll probably end best for everyone if he stays a guest.

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  • aps

    Olbermann was pretty good when he was just in sports. Then he started the political thing and became unhinged and vile. There is NO chance that I would ever actually watch him on anything again.

  • Anonymous

    Olberman was phenomenally G-R-E-A-T on his MSNBC show, even if he had a chip on his shoulder the size of Guam before it tipped over into the sea. I hoped that when he was no longer under corporatist-types at NBCU (I remain a faithful viewers of Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell) he’d be able to function normally (for him) at Current. (I called my cable provider…Comcast, no less..to add Current just for him; now it’s the locale for the Great Stephanie Miller & Co).

  • Anonymous

    Let’s see, the KO Kid was the only one not invited back for ESPN’s 25 Year Anniversary Show and when ESPN radio allowed this psychotic nitwit to be on Dan Patricks radio show he was banned from ESPN’s HQ in Bristol Connecticut. Yet MLB wants to allow this mentally disturbed left wing kook to represent it on the airwaves? Then again they have no problem with misogynist creep Bill Maher being minority owner of the NY Mets.

  • http://twitter.com/y2daddy Sean MacNair

    Well aren’t you self-righteously special.

  • http://twitter.com/y2daddy Sean MacNair

    He’s on the air to talk baseball, not his politics, which he is just as entitled to as you are to yours. The two of you even share the same self-righteous smugness.

  • Anonymous

    Yes how dare we judge The KO Kid even though he has burned every bridge in his long and storied career to the point that even Al Bore couldn’t take it.

  • Anonymous

    I can see why you would defend this full mooner since you share the same psychotic dementia.

  • Marion Young

    I agree, Lawrence. I really miss KO and his genius. He brought on Maddow and set the new format that the liberal heavy hitters on MSNBC are following, which is a rapid fire, blow by blow of the facts. KO made politics interesting and exciting and I learned so much from him. He needs his own network.

  • drumz

    Your hate is typical when you’re ignorant!

  • drumz

    Yer stupid!

  • Anonymous

    Yet the KO Kid is the most hateful person in America, not counting most of the Dumbocrat Party.

  • Anonymous

    Good one KO Kid! I need some weeding done of the yard if you need work.

  • drumz

    An inherited double-wide with a yard, how special.

  • Anonymous

    You talking about your house in Piru?

  • Anonymous

    What failed public school produed this English major?

  • Anonymous

    Your hate is typical when you are a brainless libtard.

  • corri anderson

    Keith Olbermann is hateful but Rush Limbaugh is all class. I have a theory about people who use the word libtard. My theory is that they are morons. Beyond that, the fact that ESPN took issue with KO doesn’t mean it’s all on him. I listen to Patrick all the time and he has nothing but bad things to say about the management there. Sure Keith’s an egomaniac, but he is pretty bright, and his work on Patrick’s sports show was very entertaining and insightful. Which is why they replaced him with Rob Dibble.

  • Anonymous

    You are right corri, the KO Kid is all class. He is also unique. He is the only person in the history of ESPN, not exactly a right wing organization, not to be invited back for their big anniversary show. Now, any sane person would conclude that the KO Kid is a big-mouthed, bullying sociopath. Yet you have the blind stupidity to ignore his amply public record and defend this jerk? If the KO Kid was “bright”. as you insist, why does he leave nothing but burning bridges everywhere he goes, even will fellow left wing full mooners like Al Bore? Are you really that moronic that you think it is “bright” to destroy all your connections?

    I have a theory that libtards are people like you that will rationalize anything their heroes like BJ and Hitlery Clinton, Idiot Joe Biden and The Annointed One and Moochelle do. Thanks for proving it once again.

  • Anonymous

    “Genius”?LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You can’t be serious!

  • Stan Sekula Jr

    I miss his comedy on MSNBC! Great skits!!! What a talent!


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