Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News writes on possible candidates to fill a giant’s shoes in the Dodgers broadcast booth.
You’d think the Dodgers would have some kind of insurance policy in place. To an extent, they do.
Experienced men like Matt Vasgerian, Dan Shulman, Brian Anderson, Don Orsillo or Rich Waltz could be ready for the dance if called upon. Newcomers who we may not be familiar with now, someone in their 20s or 30s who grew up in Southern California knowing the lay of the land, are ready to be drafted.
But the framework is already erect, thanks to those who’ve built the current SportsNet L.A. roster. And those fortunate enough to have seen the future know that giving Charley Steiner the role of play-by-play/set-up man for Orel Hershiser and Nomar Garciaparra (and maybe someday even Eric Karros), the post-Scully period will take some getting used to, but it’s not a mess.
Later Hoffarth writes:
In light of the latest scare of retirement, we had that “what if?” moment again, recalling how the Lakers once tried to feel their way through the dark hallway 13 years now after Chick Hearn’s passing. They thought, after some trial and error, Spero Dedes was their long-term solution. And that didn’t even happen.
Ask for our personal list, and Vasgersian, who spent quality years calling games for the Milwaukee Brewers and San Diego Padres before moving into a position with the MLB Network where he gets to do a game or two a week and then hop back into the studio work, remains the target for throwing our first dart.
If he’s in the right place at the right time, he’s Robert Redford in “The Candidate.”
Orsillo comes into play only because the Boston Red Sox don’t want him any longer, for no good reason, either. He’s done plenty of national work as well, as has Shulman, the ESPN “Sunday Night Baseball” voice.
Looking for something with legacy value? There’s Daron Sutton, 45, son of former Dodgers Hall of Famer Don Sutton, who once did games for the Arizona Diamondbacks. There’s Ryan Lefebvre, 44, son of former Dodgers second baseman Jim Lefebvre, working with the Kansas City Royals.