Details about the Los Angeles Dodgers new TWC channel SportsNet LA continue to emerge as it was reported this week that former Dodger Nomar Garciaparra will be joining the broadcast team.
The 40-year-old former All-Star shortstop became an analyst with ESPN after he retired in 2010 providing analysis on Baseball Tonight and also was the lead analyst for the College and Little League World Series. However, it sounds like a former Dodger analyst is bitter about his departure and took a shot at Garciaparra earlier today via his own personal Twitter account:
I certainly wasn’t an All Star when I played. Excuse my ego now but the new guy has big shoes to fill…
— Steve Lyons (@SteveLyons12) December 4, 2013
Steve Lyons and play-by-play partner Eric Collins were both let go at the end of the 2013 season as the Dodgers wanted fresh analysts now that their time on KCAL 9 and Fox Sports is over. While Collins will continue calling college basketball and football for Fox Sports 1, Lyons is still seeking an analyst gig with another team.
At the moment, Charley Steiner is slated to replace Collins as the play-by-play man during non-Vin Scully road games and Garciaparra’s role on telecasts is still to be determined. The Dodgers are still targeting another ESPN analyst and former Dodger Orel Hershiser, but it isn’t known if he has any interest in joining the new channel.
After seeing that people were criticizing him for sounding bitter and taking a shot at the new guy, Lyons sent out this tweet:
I wish ALL the new guys luck. It’s a great job and could be a fun team to talk about.
— Steve Lyons (@SteveLyons12) December 5, 2013
The Dodgers broadcast team should be a lot better on their new channel and it’s unfortunate Lyons felt the need to take a shot at Garciaparra.
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