It’s not exactly breaking news because it had been rumored for a few weeks, but now it seems official: Steve Dilbeck reports that Orel Hershiser will leave ESPN to join the new SNLA broadcast team, joining Nomar Garciaparra, who came aboard last week. Hershiser, of course, pitched for the Dodgers from 1983-1994 (and briefly in 2000), was the pitching coach in Texas from 2002-05, and had been at ESPN since 2006. (You might also remember him from “trying to purchase the Dodgers” two years ago.)
It’s not yet certain how Garciaparra and Hershiser will fit into the mix — I cannot imagine the two of them are the new “road team,” because neither are really play-by-play guys — and I can’t say I have strong feelings about Hershiser’s performance with ESPN. That gives him a clean slate, I guess, but by simply not being Steve Lyons, that’s a massive step up.
Dilbeck also adds that Alanna Rizzo, most recently of MLB Network, will join for pre- and post-game shows. Rizzo had been at MLBN since 2012, but before that the Colorado native had been with Fox Sports Rocky Mountain since 2007, including on Rockies coverage. Maybe she just wanted to get away from Coors Field, too?