ESPN unveils Sunday broadcast team
Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser and Bobby Valentine will be in the booth for ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" next season, the network announced Wednesday.
Shulman has been a radio voice for "Sunday Night Baseball" as well as other ESPN TV games. Hershiser worked on "Sunday Night Baseball" last season; Valentine, a former player and manager who served as an analyst on ESPN's "Baseball Tonight" last season, joins the booth for the first time.
"Dan has broad knowledge of the game, an ability to articulate baseball's analytics and a conversational tone which will bring out the best in our analysts," ESPN executive vice president, production Norby Williamson said in a statement. "Pairing him with Orel Hershiser, who made great contributions in the 'Sunday Night Baseball' booth last season, and the unique opinions and fresh perspective of Bobby Valentine, will make for a dynamic Sunday Night team."
The team replaces Jon Miller and Joe Morgan, whose contracts were not renewed after last season. Miller and Morgan had been the voices of "Sunday Night Baseball" for 21 seasons.
"Jon and Joe contributed greatly to the success of 'Sunday Night Baseball' for the past 21 seasons," Williamson said in a statement. "Over the last two decades, Joe went from Hall of Fame player to one of his sport's top analysts and Jon's Hall of Fame voice and tremendous knowledge of the game have connected with baseball fans everywhere. We owe them our deepest thanks for an outstanding body of work."
Jon Sciambi, the voice of "Sunday Night Baseball" on ESPN Radio last season, returns with a new partner in 2011. Former major leaguer Chris Singleton, who has been part of "Baseball Tonight" since 2008 and who called "Monday Night Baseball" games on TV in 2009, will be the lead analyst. Singleton previously was a radio analyst for the Chicago White Sox in 2006-07.