Jon Heyman Should Have Been Fired Yesterday
Jon Heyman is no stranger to making a fool of himself on the national stage. The MLB Network personality has frequently embarrassed himself both on the air and on Twitter. However, Heyman’s latest transgression arguably takes the cake.
Tuesday night, the tension surrounding Aaron Judge and his free agency was arguably at its peak. Pretty much everyone was expecting No. 99 to spurn the Yankees and head out west to San Francisco. Heyman, about as cluelessly as you could do, did the following:
It rarely ever gets this bad in the MLB media landscape. I would assume the Giants management called up Heyman and probably cursed him out. Elsewhere, his mishap caused wide outrage across Northern California. Even current players got in on the act when the reports came out to be untrue.
This is one of the biggest examples of egg on your face I have seen in quite a while. And of course, the exact opposite of his tweet happened. Judge and the Yankees hammered out a 9-year deal Wednesday that will keep him in pinstripes for presumably the rest of his career.
However, it makes me sad. too. Full disclosure: I have been reading the New York Post for years. I don’t think you can beat their sports section, but having someone like Heyman in your room is becoming more and more embarrassing.
Part of me can reason with the guy. Heyman is 61 years old and has seen massive changes to the way baseball is covered over the past few decades. However, 61 isn’t 91. You would think someone along the way would take five minutes to explain to him how Twitter works. Just look at what someone else had to say about one of his tweets:
But Wait, There’s More!
It’s just too easy. He’s opening himself up for embarrassment at almost every turn. Some college student working at the Post or MLB Network needs to sit him down and explain how social media works these days.
And the worst part is, that’s not even all of it. He’s now not even proofreading his tweets, let alone posting flat-out misinformation. Here is a screenshot I saw of a deleted Heyman tweet about former World Series winner Cole Hamels:
Look, I thought that there was a small margin for error in the sports media industry. But hey, maybe I’m wrong.
In the past 24 hours, we’ve seen both one cardinal sin and one silly mistake straight out of the Twitter account of Heyman. Am I crazy, or is all of this straight up not a good look?
This semester, I am taking a sports journalism course. If nothing else, my professor has instilled into me two truths about the industry: you need to have your facts correct, and you need to have your spelling correct. Jon Heyman failed at both of those things.
MLB Network, if you need a fresh start and someone new on the air, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’ll be running the ship like Ernie Johnson during these Winter Meetings broadcasts.
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