Some familiar faces are joining the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ broadcast crew for the upcoming season.
Hall of Fame pitcher and Dodgers legend Orel Hershiser has signed on effectively replace the recently-departed Steve Lyons. Though his exact role has yet to be officially announced, it’s presumed that Hershiser will be filling in as color commentary for road games (which was part of the role Lyons served with Eric Collins, who was also let go following the 2013 season). Hershiser has spent much of the past seven years with ESPN.
Hershiser isn’t the only former Dodger returning to the organization: last week, word broke that Nomar Garciaparra will be joining the staff as a pre and post-game commentator. Garciaparra hit .303 with 20 home runs and 93 RBIs in 2006 for the Dodgers, earning himself N.L. Comeback Player of the Year honors. He retired in 2009 and has been working with ESPN since then.
Accompanying Garciaparra on the pre and post-game shows will be Alanna Rizzo, who is reportedly coming on board after spending the past two seasons with MLB Network.
The Dodgers’ new regional sports network, SportsNet LA, will launch with the start of the 2014 season, coinciding with the arrivals of Hershiser, Garciaparra and Rizzo. Negotiations regarding cable coverage and customer availability for the new network have yet to be worked out, so stay tuned on that front.