Tommy Hutton, the former major leaguer who has been the Marlins TV analyst since 1997, was kicked to the curb today, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. Jackson, who called Hutton “the best TV analyst in South Florida,” reports that according to Hutton, the Marlins gave him no reason for not renewing his contract except to note that it wasn’t money-related.
Hutton might not have been universally beloved, but he was a more than solid color man, and one of the few positives Marlins fans could count on with cheapskate owner Jeffrey Loria tearing down World Series winning-teams as quickly as possible. At the very least, Fox Sports Florida owes Marlins fans an explanation.
Instead, both the team and Fox refused to offer anything up, except to note that it was a “mutual decision.” Hutton expressed shock that the network would wait almost two months into the offseason to let him know he wouldn’t be returning for a 20th season in the booth: perhaps they were trying to avoid a Don Orsillo situation.