œI’ve long respected MLB.com’s editorial independence and I’ll be delighted to test it, says MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann of his hiring by MLB Advanced Media (link courtesy Maury Brown’s Biz Of Baseball), and while I’m sure the O’Reilly-baiter is chuffed to be a colleague of David Roth, hasn’t MLB.com’s editorial direction been tested time and time again by Sultan Of Surly valet Barry M. Bloom?
Olbermann™s columns, currently available three times per week at keitholbermann.mlblogs.com, will provide fans with his œBaseball Nerd perspective of the game across various platforms. He also is the first national journalist hired as part of MLBAM™s digital newspaper initiative, currently scheduled for a May launch.
At his request, Olbermann™s full salary for his work as an at-large columnist will be split equally among three charitable organizations. They will be: the Baseball Assistance Team, St. Jude™s Children™s Research Hospital and the Jayden Braden/Ariana Marzano College Fund, established in support of the late John Marzano™s grandchildren. Marzano, a former Major Leaguer and MLB.com host, died just over one year ago in a home accident in Philadelphia.
“Seriously, it’s an honor to be able to write about all the obscure things I love inside the game I love,” said Olberann, “and to help some worthy causes in the process, and to honor an old friend. Not to mention that it will be my politics-free oasis. Unless another cat jumps up at another Governor.