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Dodgers: Stephen Nelson Shares His Thoughts on Joining Star-Studded Broadcast Team

There will be a ton of changes for the 2023 Dodgers. We’ll get a chance to see some new faces on an everyday basis in the lineup/rotation, and we will hear a new voice from time to time on the TV broadcast.

LA announced last week that Stephen Nelson would fill in for Joe Davis whenever he is occupied with FOX.

Nelson joined the KTLA morning crew on Thursday to discuss his new gig, and from the bat, LA’s latest commentator joked about why the Dodgers chose him but is thankful for the opportunity.

(jokes:) “It’s kind of stupid. It doesn’t make much sense to me. I prefer we do not alert the Dodgers of the mistake they made.” and when asked if he’ll sit in the same booth Vin Scully he joked “Probably? They’re like ‘Keep him in a different booth just in case…”
“I keep saying it’s the honor of my career because growing up in Southern California I am intimately aware of that broadcast booth. With Joe Davis now who is the voice the baseball and a generational talent and then before that Vin Scully. I watched Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball on television. And of course, a handful of others who have filled in which will be my role next year and beyond. But still to be a part of that is pretty dizzying so it’s been a very overwhelming experience over the last couple of weeks.”

The 33-year-old grew up in Southern California and has broadcasting experience in the NHL and MLB networks and broadcasted MLB games for Apple TV.

During his interview on KTLA, he reassured Dodger fans that his role would be only to fill in for Davis, not to take over his spot.

“I just keep telling Dodgers fans who are worried Joe is going somewhere, he is not. Joe is still going to be around calling the vast majority of Dodger games. I’ll just be keeping his seat warm, maybe fetching him coffee when I’m not doing games. I’m up for anything again I’m just happy to be a part of the team. Dodger Stadium is the first big-league ballpark I ever went to, the first field I ever stepped on, which makes it so special thinking back to last summer when the All-Star Game was there the first big-league ballpark my son Kai got to walk on.”

Joe is still here, and LA got themselves a great commentator? That is another win for the Dodgers organization, and we can’t wait to see Nelson call plays for the Boys in Blue this season.

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Ricardo Sandoval

Born and Raised in the East side of Los Angeles. Ricardo is a staff writer at Dodgers Nation and on the LA Sports Report network of sites. He's also a lifelong Dodgers and Lakers fan. Ricardo is an alumnus of CSUN (Go Matadors).

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