Starting next season, the Los Angeles Dodgers will have their own TV channel on Time Warner called SportsNetLA as it’ll give fans Dodger information 24 hours-a-day.
Not much was known about who the holdovers would be on the broadcast side, but analyst Steve Lyons confirmed that he wouldn’t be brought back before the playoffs started. Lyons was the analyst on non-Vin Scully called road games and helped on Dodgers Live before and after Dodger games on Fox Sports Prime Ticket this season.
However, his play-by-play partner Eric Collins confirmed via his Twitter account today that he won’t be back after five years with the Dodgers:
I’m out with LAD. 5 magical years. People can be wonderful. Thx everyone for everything. No better MLB analyst/fella than @SteveLyons12
— E Collins (@ericcollinspbp) October 30, 2013
The move isn’t surprising as Charley Steiner was already tabbed to replace him on the non-Vin Scully games along with his duties as the play-by-play guy on radio broadcasts. His partner on the TV broadcasts isn’t known yet, but Orel Hershiser and Eric Karros have been identified as two possible candidates.
Scully will return for his 65th season next year as he’ll call all home games and road games in California and Arizona.
Along with doing Dodger games, Collins does play-by-play for the BIG 10 Network as it’s clear the Dodgers wanted a fresh start for their new channel next season.
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