The Dodgers will move to a new television broadcast home with the launch of SportsNet LA in 2014, and the broadcast team behind Vin Scully is not yet known. But one voice that won't return next season is Steve Lyons, who announced on Twitter on Saturday that his time with the Dodgers has ended.
I will not return with the Dodgers in any role in '14. Shattered, but not broken. I still LOVE this team.— Steve Lyons (@SteveLyons12) October 12, 2013
Lyons has called Dodgers games for nine seasons, calling games on TV when Scully doesn't. Scully, who will return for his 65th season behind the microphone in 2014, has gradually decreased his travel schedule in the past few seasons and in 2012-2013 didn't travel outside of Arizona and California - except for the playoffs.
Lyons also was involved in "Dodgers Live" pregame and postgame shows on Prime Ticket.
The Dodgers signed a 25-year contract with Time Warner Cable reportedly worth north of $8 billion, including the launch of SportsNet LA, though the deal hasn't yet been officially approved by MLB. From everything I've heard that approval is more of a formality.
The duo of Eric Collins and Lyons called 47 games in 2013, the final season for the Dodgers with both Prime Ticket and KCAL. The 2014 status of Collins, who also calls football and basketball games for the Big Ten Network and Fox Sports, is not yet known. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reported that Collins "is not expected to return," but that the decision wasn't confirmed by the Dodgers.