The Los Angeles Dodgers are in the process of putting together their staff for their new SportsNet LA channel that’s sent to launch this season. Nomar Garciaparra was hired last week from ESPN and will work both pre and postgame on TV and radio.
SportsNet LA will be similar to the Lakers channel on Time Warner Cable as there will be Dodger coverage 24 hours providing behind the scenes information and game broadcasts. According Steve Dilbeck of the LA Times, the Dodgers made another hire to their broadcast team:
Orel Hershiser, the Dodgers’ former Cy Young winner and last World Series MVP, is returning as a team television broadcaster, according to two people familiar with the situation who spoke to The Times on the condition of anonymity.
Hershiser, like Garciaparra, is leaving ESPN to join his former team and will be used as Steve Lyons’s replacement as the lead analyst on non-Vin Scully road games. For seven years, the “Bull Dog” has been one of the up and coming analysts in the business and he’s been apart of ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” the past few seasons.
Both the Garciaparra and Hershiser hires should be announced sometime this week as the Dodgers prepare to launch their new channel. Along with Hershiser, the Dodgers are adding another pre and postgame analyst to the team:
The Dodgers are also adding Alanna Rizzo from MLB Network to their pre- and post-game shows.
Rizzo has been with MLB Network for five seasons after she spent time as a sideline reporter with the Colorado Rockies. The additions of Hershiser, Garciaparra and Rizzo should help the Dodgers have one of the best all-around broadcast teams in baseball.
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