Peter Gammons Leaves ESPN

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National Baseball Hall of Fame sportswriter Peter Gammons has announced that he is set to leave and cease contributing to ESPN after this week’s winter meetings.

In the 64-year-old journalist’s official statement, he spoke highly of the sports network and the people that he worked with:

“My decision to leave ESPN and move on at this point in my life has been conflicted. I owe a great deal of my professional life to ESPN, having spent more than half of my 40 years in journalism working for the network, and the choice to move on was made with nothing but the strongest feelings for the people with whom I worked. ESPN gave me a great deal more than I gave it, and will always be a huge part of who I am.”

Norby Williamson, executive vice president for production at ESPN, on the other hand, said,

“As a print journalist moving to television, Peter was a pioneer who became a Hall of Famer.  His contributions to ESPN will never be forgotten.  We’re sad to see Peter go, but understand his desire for new challenges and a less demanding schedule.”

Gammons has been part of ESPN’s formidable lineup of sports analysts and reporters since 1988 and has since appeared regularly on such programs as Baseball Tonight, Sunday Night Baseball and SportsCenter.