The new Los Angeles Dodgers RSN, Time Warner's SportsNet LA, is expected to be approved by MLB before the end of the year. While Vin Scully will still be calling the Dodgers' home games for the network, the club will feature new talent for road games after ousting the duo of Eric Collins and Steve Lyons in October. Charley Steiner will move from the radio booth to the TV side for road games in 2014, and the club is targeting current ESPN Sunday Night Baseball analyst Orel Hershiser for the analyst position alongside Steiner, according to a report from The Big Lead.
Hershiser's contract with ESPN is reportedly up for renewal soon, and the two parties are negotiating a return. However, that return to ESPN isn't set in stone yet, and McIntyre also tweets that two industry sources think Hershiser will be joining the Dodgers.
This would be a big loss for ESPN, and would further diminish the Sunday Night Baseball brand. Last year, I wrote about how Sunday Night Baseball has become a revolving door of commentators since 2008. Hershiser has been in the booth since 2010, and was the bridge between the past duo of Jon Miller and Joe Morgan and current play-by-play commentator Dan Shulman. If Hershiser does leave ESPN, the network will once again need to fill a hole in the booth next to Shulman.