Is the Dodgers‘ latest fleet of broadcasting team additions a signal that current lead broadcaster Joe Davis will be a little overwhelmed this season after his (likely) promotion to absorb some of the departing Joe Buck’s duties?
We can’t say for sure, but LA announced a pile of big-name broadcasters, all of whom will be flitting back and forth in various roles on TV and the radio throughout the 2022 MLB season.
According to a press release on Monday afternoon, Dodgers broadcasts will be adding a group of five to supplement their coverage, all of whom have significant on-field and/or national broadcast experience.
At various points throughout 2022, fans can now expect to be serenaded by former Dodgers Adrián González, Eric Karros, and José Mota, as well as ESPN’s Jessica Mendoza and Dontrelle Willis, the affable ex-Marlins hurler who’s recently served as a Dodgers instructor.
Dodgers add alums Adrián González, Eric Karros to broadcast team
Karros, Willis and Mendoza should be the names Dodgers fans have heard on air the most. Mendoza, a former softball star, held a color commentary role on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball from 2016-2019. After his Rookie of the Year days in LA, Karros became a long-time color commentary voice on FOX (and briefly ESPN) beginning in 2004. Willis has held it down on FOX’s pre- and postgame coverage in recent years, sparring with Big Papi Ortiz, Frank Thomas and Co. from time to time.
The other two? Mota, son of Manny, has been all over Angels broadcasts since 2002 (both Spanish language and English at various times) before a recent parting of the ways.
And González? After officially retiring a few weeks ago, he’s proudly stepping into his new role, announcing it with fervor.
Changes like these can help liven up a stale experience, even for fans of a team known for broadcast continuity (we’d still take Vin Scully if we could).
These fresh voices are ready to hit the ground running — especially González — which means a new year is thankfully just around the corner.