The Los Angeles Dodgers saw their partnership with KCAL 9 and Fox Sports come to an end this season as they’ll launch their own channel called SportsNet LA in 2014.
Like the Lakers channel on TWC, the Dodgers will provide 24 hours of coverage with variety shows during the off-season and season. However, it sounds like they’re trying to bring back a former player to be an analyst according to Jason McIntyre of the Big Lead:
Major League Baseball is close to approving the new TV network for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and according to two sources in the organization, the club is targeting one announcer to be the face of the network in the coming years: ESPN’s Orel Hershiser.
At the end of the season, the organization cut ties with road play-by-play man Eric Collins and analyst Steve Lyons and announced that Charley Steiner will be the lead man on non-Vin Scully road games.
Those are games outside of California and Arizona as Scully has reduced his workload as he’s gotten older. The Hall of Fame broadcaster announced earlier in the season that he was coming back for his 65th season, much to the delight of baseball fans everywhere.
Meanwhile, Hershiser is apart of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball crew with Dan Shulman, but his contract is set to expire in the near future and would be a nice compliment to Steiner. The Dodgers will also need to hire a radio play-by-play man alongside Rick Monday when Steiner is calling games on TV.
The lure of broadcasting games for the Dodgers might be enough for Hershiser to leave his gig with ESPN and become the main analyst on SportsNet LA for years to come.
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