Monday, December 09, 2013

Orel Hershiser is Returning to the Blue

The Bulldog is Back!

There have been plenty of rumors swirling around about the future of LA Dodgers broadcasting.  The team recently signed a new television contract with Time Warner, and would soon field their own sports channel filled with wonderful Dodger delights.

With this added exposure, the Dodger chose to let go a couple of their broadcasters, Eric Collins and Steve Lyons, in order to refill their tanks with some fresh blood.  Word is, they wanted to reach out to some former Dodgers to take the reigns.  After all, who else would be better to represent the Dodgers than some old blue bloods.

Last week, they made their first move.  Via Steve Dilbeck at the LA Times, they signed up Nomar Garciaparra to add some commentary to their pre- and -post game coverage.  Over the weekend, we received some additional news.  Steve Dilbeck tells us that the Dodgers have just hired former Dodger World Series hero Orel Hershiser.

Hershiser has national broadcast experience.  He has worked with ESPN since 2006, and has play-by-play experience as co-host of ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball.  It is expected that he'll take on a role similar to what Steve Lyons did for the Dodgers, and there is likely to be some Dodgers-themed tv shows coming down the pike that feature Hershiser. 

BTW, there was a 3rd hiring.  The Dodgers have also added Alanna Rizzo to their broadcast team.  She has worked for the MLB Network the past 2 years as a -pre and -post game reporter.  Prior to that, she was a sideline reporter for the Rockies.  FYI, Alanna is on twitter.  Follow her at @alannarizzo.

These moves are definitely in the right direction.  In celebration, I made several fantasy Baseball cards for each of them.  I used the vintage 1987 Topps Baseball card design.  Also, the card at the very top is a 1991 Topps Stadium Club Baseball card of Orel Hershiser.  Yes, he really did pose for that picture, and Topps really did put it on a Baseball card.

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