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Dodgers: Joe Davis Calls Himself ‘Lucky’ to Work with Orel Hershiser

The announcer discussed what it’s like working with Hershiser and how close they’ve become in their years together.



Dodgers play-by-play announcer Joe Davis and color analyst Orel Hershiser are quite the duo. The pairing’s report is evident on-air as they inform and entertain Dodger fans each game.

Davis appeared on ESPN LA’s Mason & Ireland show last week to discuss the Dodgers and his relationship with Orel Hershiser. Not surprisingly, Davis had nothing but glowing things to say about his broadcast-mate.

Everyday I learn something from him [Hershiser]. I’m lucky that I pretty much spend every minute of every day with him. I get to learn from him all day long.

A Fast Learner

Davis has been a quick study of the art of broadcasting. He began calling national televised events at the age of 24. Davis called college baseball, basketball, football, hockey and softball games for ESPN. The Michigan native joined Fox Sports in 2014 to call college football, college basketball, and the MLB.

In the winter of 2015, he was hired to call Dodger road games for SportsNet LA for the 2016 season.

Davis took over the television play-by-play full-time in 2017 after legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully retired.

A Close Relationship

Pairing Davis with a household Dodger name like Hershiser has been a success. The two complement each other well. Davis frames the moment and Hershier fills it in with his wealth of knowledge and experience.

Davis continued to expand on the value of working alongside a baseball lifer like Hershiser. The two have a very strong relationship in and out of the press box.

This is gonna sound sappy, but I learn about life from him. He’s one of the most important people in my life. Probably outside of my parents and my wife, he’s the next guy.

Nothing will ever compare to Scully, but the Davis-Hershiser pairing has been well received by the Dodger faithful.

The strong relationship between the broadcast team is a big reason why.

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Written by Eric Eulau

Born and raised in Ventura, not "Ven-CH-ura", California. Favorite Dodger Stadium food is the old school chocolate malt with the wooden spoon. Host of the Dodgers Nation 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast.

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  1. I have to disagree. I miss Vin Scully. He was just way more knowledgeable and discussed a lot more issues. Hershiser and Davis banter back and forth about inane issues and they are cheerleaders for the Dodgers. Vinnie was never a cheerleader. When you follow the best (i.e., Vinnie), why not try to emulate him?

  2. I actually enjoyed it more when Nmar was in the booth with them. We got hear from a batter and a pitcher every play!

    • I agree Charly, it was more interesting to have one position/hitter & one pitcher analyzing the game. Orel’s knowledge gives the play calls sometimes too one sided.

  3. Dodger fans should thank their lucky stars that they have Davis and Hershiser calling the games. Have you listened to some of the other broadcast teams out there? Talk about cheerleaders! The D Backs duo of Berthiume and Brenly are the ultimate brown-noses. When Goldschmidt was still with the D Backs, Berthiume called him “America’s First Baseman”. How about the clowns in Atlanta? Chip Carey called all of the players by their first names, like he’s their buddy or something. Every routine play by an infielder is a “great play”!!!!! Compared to most of the announce teams out there, we are extremely blessed to have Davis and Hershiser.

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