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03/21/09 1:03 PM ET

Dodgers hire broadcaster Collins

Former NBC and ESPN announcer joins Lyons in TV booth

PHOENIX -- The Dodgers have hired Eric Collins as a KCAL and PRIME TICKET television broadcasting partner for Steve Lyons on the 38 road games outside the division that Hall of Famer Vin Scully misses.

Collins, 39, has experience with Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball and women's softball. He was the lead play-by-play announcer for NBC in its baseball coverage of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. For the past five years, he has called ESPN's College Baseball Super Regionals, and also performed radio and television play-by-play for the Chicago White Sox on occasions in 2004 and 2008.

"I'm thrilled to be joining the broadcasting team of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a legendary franchise with a legacy of pioneering and innovation," Collins said. "I cherish this opportunity. I'm humbled to join an organization with such class, professionalism, and tradition."

The search for the broadcaster, led by Dodger vice president of communications Josh Rawitch and vice president of broadcasting Lauryn Lukin, included substantial participation from rightsholders Prime Ticket and KCAL TV, and other members of the Dodgers organization, according to the club.

"Eric's network television experience and curiosity about all facets of the game, combined with his years of calling baseball at every level, make him a great addition to our talented team of broadcasters," Lukin said. "We truly feel that we have a shared vision with our partners at KCAL and PRIME TICKET, who played an integral role throughout this process."

"As one can imagine, it was an extremely competitive group of candidates," Rawitch said. "Eric has a fresh approach. He brings enthusiasm, knowledge, and a noticeable charisma on and off the air."

Charley Steiner has moved from television to radio only in the team's broadcasting change. Rawitch had earlier said that Scully was consulted before the search for a broadcaster began.

Speculation already has surfaced that the hiring of a new broadcaster is a precursor to the eventual retirement of Scully, who, at age 81, is entering his 60th year as the voice of the club. Scully has not said if he will continue on the air beyond 2009.

Steiner and booth partner Rick Monday each have two years remaining on their contracts; Lyons has one.

Collins earned a bachelor's degree from St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., prior to earning a Master's from Syracuse University.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.