Eric Collins has been a staple on ESPN’s College Baseball coverage, now has a new gig. Collins has won the coveted Dodgers announcing gig that a dozen or so really wanted, and will be taking over the role next season. Via the LA Times….

Eric Collins spoke from South Bend, Ind., Saturday about how he’d just realized “an unattainable dream.”

Collins, who has also called some college baseball playoff games for ESPN as well as doing part-time radio and television play by play for the Chicago White Sox in 2004 and 2008, will handle play by play for the Dodgers on the road games played east of the Rockies when veteran Vin Scully takes off.

It was a role held last season by Charley Steiner, who will move to the radio booth full time, partnering with Rick Monday.

Collins and other candidates auditioned during Dodgers spring-training games.

Collins said even though he was born in Cleveland, went to Syracuse University and lives in Chicago does not mean he can’t be quickly up to speed on the Dodgers and what they mean to Los Angeles.

Collins also called Baseball for NBC during the Olympics, and while he was one of the people I didn’t really enjoy, I guess he impressed the Dodgers enough to fill in for Vin Scully during the season.

Dodgers hire ESPN college baseball announcer (LA Times)

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