Orel Hershisher is joining the Dodgers media team as an announcer in 2014. He will be alongside fellow ex-Dodgers Nomar Garciappara and Jerry Hairston Jr.
Three retired Dodgers will rejoin the team again, but will not be helping them out on the field. Orel Hershiser, Nomar Garciaparra and Jerry Hairston Jr will be covering and analyzing the team in pre-game and post-game shows, as well as announcing on radio and TV.
All of their roles have not yet been finalized, but you can expect to see an abundance of original Dodgers programming now that they have their own Cable TV channel, Sportsnet LA. That means hours of new content everyday with these ex-Dodgers working as the face of the media team.
Hairston played for the team the last two seasons and was notably left off the playoff roster in 2013. He has since retired from the game, but apparently has no hard feelings towards the Dodgers.
Former Dodger great Orel Hershiser--AKA Bulldog--has not played since 2000, but has been affiliated with baseball ever since as a pitching coach for the Texas Rangers, and announcer for ABC and ESPN. Most recently he has worked as an analyst for Baseball Tonight and announcer with Sunday Night Baseball.
Nomar Garciaparra has also been working for ESPN as an analyst for Wednesday Night Baseball. Garciaparra will go down as a member of the Red Sox, but he was well-liked everywhere he played including three years with Los Angeles.
The arrival of these ex-Dodgers makrs the end of the road for Steve Lyons and Eric Collins on Dodger broadcasts. Both personalities had big fans and even bigger haters, especially on social media. Many fans have expressed relief that they will not have to hear the Collins/Lyons combo any more.
Regardless of who is in the booth, many fans this will not be happy as long as their name is not Vin Scully--who only calls games west of the Rocky Mountains. With that in mind, we will see how people react to Hershisher, Garciaparra and Hairston in the coming years.