Throughout the winter, we received word about various signings of former Dodger players who would join the Dodgers cable channel this upcoming season. We rejoiced at Orel Hershiser's signing, celebrated Nomar Garciaparra's return, and congratulated Jerry Hairston Jr. on his career change. So, all we were waiting on now was information about the new channel.
I have just been notified that the new Dodgers channel, to be called SportsNet LA, will officially be going live on Tuesday, February 25, which is the day before the Dodgers first Spring Training ballgame at Camelback Ranch.
What good timing, eh?
As their press release said:
SportsNet LA will take fans behind-the-scenes and offer in-depth access into the Dodger organization, providing an immersive experience with never-before-seen content, and thousands of hours of comprehensive Dodger programming. SportsNet LA will televise 24/7 Dodger content, including live and classic games, live studio shows, numerous original programs, all with expert commentary led by the network's on-air talent team of Orel Hershiser, Nomar Garciaparra, Charley Steiner, Jerry Hairston, Alanna Rizzo and John Hartung.Here is a pic tweeted out by the @Dodgers of the entire broadcast team. As newest Feelin' Kinda Blue blog writer Jason Drantch said on twitter,
"Broadcast Team! Assemble!"
You can follow SportsNet LA on twitter, here. Also, their website is live. Go here to see that. The website is currently pushing fans to get in contact with their television providers to demand SportsNet LA. No doubt we'll get upcoming stories about this or that cable/satellite provider refusing to carry the channel. So that should be fun.
As for game broadcast, here is the lineup:
- Vin Scully will, of course, continue broadcasting all home games and road games (in Arizona and California only) on television.
- For games Scully will not be broadcasting on television, Charley Steiner and Orel Hershiser will make the call.
- On the radio, Charley Steiner and Rick Monday will do the broadcast.
- For games Steiner will be on television, Rick Monday and Nomar Garciaparra will be on the radio.
- For Spanish language radio broadcast, the team remains the same: Jaime Jarrin, Pepe Yniguez and Fernando Valenzuela.
- Jerry Hairston Jr. and Nomar Garciaparra will contribute both pre and post game Dodger coverage on television.
- Alanna Rizzo will be an in-game reporter for games broadcast on television by Steiner and Hershiser, and be a host for both pre and post game shows on television.
- John Hartung will be in the studio for SportsNet LA, anchoring the network's live studio shows.
So, there you have it. Welcome your 2014 Dodger broadcasters.
Here's what some of them had to say on twitter.
Jerry Hairston Jr.
Looking forward to being part of a very talented team @SportsNetLA and backing the Boys in Blue. #Dodgers #LA #MLB
— Jerry Hairston, Jr. (@Therealjhair) January 22, 2014
Thrilled and honored to be a part of the @Dodgers broadcast team on @SportsNetLA with @OrelHershiser @Therealjhair @Nomar5 @alannarizzo!!
— John Hartung (@_JohnHartung) January 23, 2014
It is officially, official. I can now say I am very excited to be one of the newest members of the @Dodgers organization and @SportsNetLA.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) January 22, 2014
It's great to officially be back in Blue! I'm thrilled to be joining the best broadcast team in sports. @SportsNetLA is only a month away.
— Orel Hershiser (@OrelHershiser) January 22, 2014
It is a great honor to be a member of the new team of announcers x Dodgers-SportsNetLA.It is a historic picture x posterity because is 1st.
— Jaime Jarrín (@JaimeJarrin) January 22, 2014
And here's a video from the Dodgers introducing this new team.
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