03/02/2006 5:33 PM ET
Former Dodgers join radio broadcast as guest analysts on KFWB 980 AM
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that they will spotlight former Dodgers Jerry Reuss, Steve Yeager and Tom Goodwin as guest analysts on seven of the team's Spring Training broadcasts, according to Chief Marketing Officer Tagg Romney.
"With Charley Steiner taking part in the World Baseball Classic, Spring Training provides us a chance to try some new things with the radio broadcast and this group of guest analysts will offer new insights for Dodger fans," said Romney. "We believe fans will benefit by the vast baseball knowledge and on-field experience these former Dodgers bring to the microphone."
In addition to the trio of former Dodgers, KFWB reporter A Martinez will also serve as the guest analyst for one game while a pair Dodger "farmhands" will get the opportunity to handle the play-by-play duties. Russ Langer, who broadcasts games for the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas and was recently named as the 2005 Nevada Sportscaster of the Year, will call a pair of games on March 6 and 10. Brian Petrotta, who was the Single-A Vero Beach Dodgers' broadcaster in 2005, will team with Steve Lyons on March 13 and 15.
Reuss, who pitched for the Dodgers from 1979-81 and twice won 18 games for Los Angeles, was an analyst for ESPN from 1991-93 and the Triple-A Las Vegas Stars in 1994 and 1995. A member of the 1981 World Champion Dodgers, Reuss spent two seasons as a color analyst with the Angels in 1997-98. The 22-year big league veteran has also served as a minor league coach in the Cubs' and Mets' systems.
Yeager, who played 15 seasons in the Major Leagues, all but of one of which were with the Dodgers, currently serves as the hitting coach at Triple-A Las Vegas, but will join his former teammate, Rick Monday for the broadcast on March 9. The duo played together from 1977-84, including the 1981 World Championship club. In addition to experience behind the plate, Yeager also has a history behind the mic, having worked for KMPC in Los Angeles in 1992.
Goodwin, who played for the Dodgers from 1991-93 and again in 2000-01, was a first-round draft choice of the club in 1989. He stole 369 bases in the Major Leagues during a 14-year big league career and last season, he played for Atlantic City of the Independent League, batting .265 with five homers and 38 RBI. From 1991-2004, only eight players in baseball stole more bases than Goodwin, who swiped a career-high 66 bags for Kansas City in 1996.
Langer is entering his 19th season of broadcasting and seventh with the 51s. He called 30 games for the Montreal Expos in 2003-04 and has been named the Sportscaster of the Year in his state three times by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Petrotta enters his eighth season in professional baseball, five of which have been in the Dodger organization. Following four seasons with Rookie-level Ogden, the University of Kansas graduate joined the Vero Beach Dodgers in 2005.
Martinez will be the initial guest analyst for the Dodger game against the Nationals on March 6, followed by Yeager (March 9), Reuss (March 10-12) and Goodwin (March 17-19).
Throughout the 2006 season, the Dodgers will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the 1981 World Championship club. The silver anniversary of their tremendous accomplishment will be highlighted with visits from members of the 1981 team and several promotional nights to commemorate the event, including bobbleheads that feature the likeness of Ron Cey, Steve Garvey and Valenzuela.
During Spring Training, the Dodgers' flagship radio station, KFWB 980 will air 13 games live, while nine others will be heard with the Dodger broadcast team on dodgers.com and the Dodger radio network. An additional five games will be carried on dodgers.com and mlb.com through the opposing team's radio broadcast, giving the Dodgers a total of 27 broadcasts in the 33-game spring schedule.
During the regular season, the Dodgers can be heard on the radio on KFWB as Hall of Famer Vin Scully, Charley Steiner and Rick Monday call the action. In Spanish, the Dodgers are on KWKW 1330, where Hall of Famer Jaime Jarrin, Pepe Yñiguez and Fernando Valenzuela lead the broadcast. The Dodgers can be seen on television on their flagship stations KCAL 9 and FSN West 2 with Scully handling the play-by-play for the majority of games, while Steiner and Lyons share the broadcasting duties on road games east of Colorado.