At the end of the regular season, the Dodgers contracts with Fox Sports and KCAL expired as they’ll have their own channel with Time Warner Cable in 2014, SportsNet LA. With the channel shift, the Dodgers announced that Eric Collins and Steve Lyons wouldn’t be coming back as they wanted new broadcasters for their new channel.
There hasn’t been much talk about the channel and according to Dodgers president Stan Kasten it was out of respect to Fox and KCAL. However, with the 2013 season over, T.J. Simers from the OC Register reports Charley Steiner will call non-Vin Scully games on TV:
The Dodgers haven’t announced it yet, but Charley Steiner will replace Eric Collins on TV when Vin Scully does not travel with the team.
When Steiner came over from the Yankees, he was on TV from 2005-2008 with Lyons when the Dodgers would travel, but he’s been the radio play-by-play guy since then with former Dodger Rick Monday.
Hall of fame broadcaster Vin Scully announced earlier this year that he’ll be coming back for a 65th season as his travel schedule has reduced to games in California and Arizona.
Simers also goes on to mention that the Dodgers are looking for analysts and have identified two other former Dodgers:
The team is still looking for an analyst to join Steiner, already approaching Orel Hershiser to see if there’s any interest. Eric Karros would be perfect.
Hershiser is an analyst for ESPN and is apart of their Sunday night crew and helped call the NLCS on ESPN Radio, while Karros is apart of FOX studio show and could be a replacement for Tim McCarver, who’s retiring at season’s end.
Regardless, it sounds like the Dodgers are making progress with adding talent to their new channel next season that will offer 24 hours of Dodger coverage.