Veteran Broadcasters Join Vin Scully, Charley Steiner & Rick Monday on Dodger TV & Radio
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers completed the team’s broadcast booth with the hiring of veteran baseball analysts and former professional players Al Downing and Steve Lyons, it was announced Friday.
“Al Downing and Steve Lyons possess that perfect mix of player’s perspective and broadcast experience to provide Dodger fans with a new, exciting viewpoint and a strong on-air complement to the play-by-play expertise of Charley Steiner and Rick Monday,” said Los Angeles Dodgers Executive Vice President Lon Rosen. “With Vin Scully continuing his Hall of Fame solo broadcasts and the addition of a new two-man booth, we believe we’ve actually improved on the best broadcasts in all of baseball.”
Downing, a popular Dodger pitcher from 1971-77, is no stranger to the ears of Los Angeles baseball fans. The 20-game winner in 1971 went into broadcasting almost immediately after retiring from playing the game, serving as an announcer and analyst on various cable television outlets and as an analyst for Dodger home games until 1991. He hosted Weekend DodgerTalk on KABC Radio and later worked as an analyst on the CBS Radio Network’s “Major League Game of the Week” from 1994-97. In 2000, Downing worked as a commentator on Atlanta Braves games broadcast over Fox Sports Net South. Downing’s 16-year Major League Baseball career began with eight seasons pitching for the New York Yankees, which included a start in the 1963 World Series against the Dodgers and three appearances in the 1964 World Series against St. Louis. He had a two-team stint in 1970 with the Milwaukee Braves and Oakland A’s, then spent his final seven years with the Dodgers, including a start against Oakland in the 1974 World Series.
Lyons earned national notoriety as a staple of Fox Sports’ coverage of Major League Baseball since 1996, earning an Emmy Award and two additional Emmy nominations during his tenure with the network. Lyons began his Fox career as an analyst for the network’s Saturday Baseball Game of the Week studio show, and made the natural transition to baseball analysis for Fox’s game coverage. Lyons also served as one of the primary anchors on the Fox Sports Net News Desk, broadcast nightly across all 21 FSN regions. Lyons also served as a color analyst on the Arizona Diamondbacks broadcasts for 50 games in 2003. Lyons’ nine-year professional baseball career included playing for the 1986 American League Champion Boston Red Sox team and 1992 National League Champion Atlanta Braves. Lyons posted a career .262 batting average while playing for the Red Sox (1985-86 and 1991-93), Chicago White Sox (1986-90), Braves (1992) and Montreal Expos (1992).
Downing and Lyons join Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully, award-winning broadcaster Charley Steiner and 12-year Dodger broadcasting veteran Rick Monday in rounding out the team’s English-language broadcast booth. Scully, entering his 56th season as the “Voice of the Dodgers,” will continue to work solo in broadcasting games, with the remainder of airtime changing to the use of a two-man booth.
The Dodgers’ Spanish-language broadcast, which airs on radio flagship KWKW, returns unchanged with Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrin beginning his 47th season and Pepe Yñiguez entering his eighth season with the Dodgers. “Fernandomania” continues its second run in Los Angeles as legendary Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela begins his third season in the booth as an analyst on Spanish-language broadcasts.
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