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Dodgers Announce Surprising Additions to SportsNet LA Broadcast Team

Free agency is in full swing as teams officially begin spring training. The Dodgers are likely looking to make another signing or two, or perhaps a trade, or both.

On Monday afternoon, the Dodgers announced four new signings, none of which were MLB players. SportsNet LA will be bringing in four new faces to the the fold. One which, few saw coming.

Jessica Mendoza – Road TV Analyst

Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reported that ESPN’s Jessica Mendoza will rotate in as a road TV analyst with Joe Davis still handling the bulk of the play-by-play duties.

It’s a surprising move since there wasn’t a peep that a household name like Mendoza could be coming over to SportsNet LA.

Mendoza, an All-American and Olympic softball player, has the distinction of being the first woman to call a nationally televised game. The Camarillo native served as an analyst on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball from 2015 to 2020. While at ESPN, Mendoza also served as a special adviser for the Mets from March 2019 to February 2020.

The dual role raised eyebrows from some, including the Dodgers who did not allow Mendoza in the clubhouse to talk to players while she was simultaneaously employed by ESPN and another MLB team. 

At this time, it’s unknown whether or not Mendoza will continue to serve as a studio analyst for ESPN in addition to her new gig with the Dodgers. 

Dontrelle Willis

The 2003 World Series champion and NL rookie of the year, along with Mendoza, will also be part of the road TV analyst rotation for the coming season. Willis has most recently worked as a MLB studio analyst for Fox Sports.

Adrián González

The former Dodgers first baseman will serve as a studio analyst. Long a fan favorite, it’s safe to assume that many Dodgers fans will be excited to see more of one of the best Dodgers first baseman of recent memory.

El Titan posted a short video on his twitter account about his new job following SportsNet LA’s formal announcement.

Eric Karros

González isn’t the only former Dodgers first baseman to be joining the SportsNet LA broadcast team. Karros, who has worked as an analyst for Fox Sports in the past, will be calling “select TV games at home” according to Plunkett. Presumably, Karros will slide in for Orel Hershiser from time to time. 

José Mota

In a move that’s been anticipated since February, José Mota, son of Manny Mota, will also be joining the Dodgers broadcast team for both English and Spanish broadcasts. Many believe that Mota will be taking over for longtime Dodgers Spanish-language play-by-play announcer Jaime Jarrín following his retirement after this season.

This isn’t the only notable broadcast news for Dodgers fans. According to recent report, Joe Davis could be assuming Joe Buck’s role as the lead play-by-play announcer for Fox’s MLB coverage. 

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  1. We have all the makings of another run. Rois needs to come back with that power for dh and off the bench. We need to pay freeman what ever he wants for that left handed bat plus Muncy can go to second he hits better when playing there. Or get a left handed position player that can hit. We can more people around. And we need to resign Albert for his leadership and wisdom he gives the guys in the dug out. You can’t pay enough for that he would be a great dh. And maybe he can help belly get his bat back. Without bellys bat with or without freeman it will be us chasing SD and SF all season. And I know everybody hates him right now. But we are paying Trevor why don’t we use that arm that is well rested. He is cleared of all charges. That way May and Gouslin can take there time coming back. We have Kershaw back and Urias and price if we need too those four will keep us at the top tell then. Plus one of the other signings will stand out as the fifth starter. My only concern is what do we do with that cat lutts. He was coming into his hitting at the end of the season. Lutts I think maybe if they don’t sign freeman maybe the club will convert him to firstbase. If he shows his power like the end of last season.
    We have all we need Robert’s has to be smart about it. We have hitting power. Taylor, Betts JT, Smith, belly, pollock, Muncy.and maybe freeman and rois and Albert if they bring him back .That’s alot of homerun power teams only dream about that much power hitters on a team. We are made to win. The ballpen i have no worries about yes kelly is gone. But he was iffy. For some reason every year they figure it out. But we could use one good arm to replace kelly and jensen spots not a closer but an innings guy. So all you dodger fans let’s get hyped. This is my opinion of the club so please respect my opinion. I know all are not going to agree. So if you don’t agree with my opinion. Please keep it polite. We are all fans of the same team remember that. I’m not the enemy here I’m a true dodger fan got 51 years and counting.