The Dodgers are closer to filling out their broadcast team on their new network. Former Dodger Nomar Garciaparra will join SportsNet LA, per a report from Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times, who also reported the team is also pursuing former pitcher Orel Hershiser.
Garciaparra retired from playing after the 2009 season and has been an analyst at ESPN for the last four years. Per Dilbeck:
Garciaparra is expected to do pre- and post-game commentary and be utilized on both the television and radio broadcasts. Roles are still being defined.
The Dodgers parted ways with play-by-play man Eric Collins and analyst Steve Lyons in October. It sounds like Garciaparra's role will be more like that of Lyons, who was the television analyst for games not broadcast by Vin Scully, most road games outside of California and Arizona.
Dilbeck also noted the Dodgers' pursuit of Orel Hershiser as "an announcer and the future broadcasting face of the team," per a report from USA Today. The interest in Hershiser, currently under contract at ESPN, was mentioned previously by T.J. Simers of the Orange County Register, and The Big Lead.
It will be interesting to see how the Dodgers utilize Garciaparra, especially if they also hire Hershiser as well. With Charley Steiner shifting to TV play-by-play for non-Scully games in 2014, that leaves a vacancy alongside Rick Monday on radio for those games. Would Garciaparra work radio broadcasts with Hershiser aside Steiner on TV? Or would the team use Hershiser and Garciaparra as analysts in a three-man booth while hiring another separate voice for radio?