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October 23, 2004 | Bill Plaschke
The third sentence. A headline tenure was ended Friday in the third sentence. Twenty-eight years of service, and Ross Porter didn't even make the top of his own Dodger obituary. The news release issued by the Dodgers on Friday afternoon began by announcing the return of Vin Scully and Rick Monday, then acknowledged the future hiring of a new play-by-play announcer and analyst. Then, this: "The Dodgers also announced that Ross Porter will not rejoin the broadcast team next season." Also?
October 23, 2004 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
The Dodgers made it official Friday: Broadcaster Ross Porter will not be back with the team next season. It had been rumored that they were not going to renew his contract and Porter, after 28 seasons, had said goodbye to the fans during the team's playoff series with the St. Louis Cardinals. Lon Rosen, Dodger executive vice president, said the decision not to renew Porter's contract was made Thursday and that Porter's agent, George Green, was told Friday morning.
June 30, 2004 | Jason Reid, Times Staff Writer
Dodger broadcaster Fernando Valenzuela said Tuesday he is considering an offer to play for a team in the Mexican winter league, but the retired pitcher who once inspired Fernandomania downplayed published reports he had already reached an agreement to return to the mound. "I'm still working over here. It's nothing like, 'Yes, I am going over there for sure,' " Valenzuela said before the opener of a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. "I don't sign anything."
May 4, 2004 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Lisa Guerrero, a target of media critics during her single season as a sideline reporter on ABC's "Monday Night Football," was replaced Monday by the more experienced Michele Tafoya. Critics had complained that Guerrero was hired mainly for her looks, the network hoping to attract young males who might be only casual football fans. Some believed that was also the case with Guerrero's predecessor, Melissa Stark, although her work was better received than Guerrrero's.
April 25, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
Bill Brundige, a member of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame and a fixture on Southland radio and television stations for three decades, has died. He was 89. The former announcer died Friday of heart failure at St. Jude's Hospital in Fullerton, said his son, Tim. Brundige served as play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Angels baseball team, of the Pacific Coast League. He also worked with Bob Kelly on Los Angeles Ram broadcasts and Chick Hearn on Laker broadcasts.
March 18, 2004 | Elliott Teaford, Times Staff Writer
Oh, bay-bee, it's awesome, bay-bee! Dickie V. is on the phone and he's helping a reporter fill out his NCAA tournament bracket as fast as he can, as if he had a speed other than full ahead. "The Atlanta regional is really the toughest by far," ESPN analyst Dick Vitale said Tuesday. "You've got a situation where you've got North Carolina as the No. 6 seed and you've got Louisville [at No. 10] and they were 16-1 at one time, but then you've got to look at [No.
November 22, 2003 | Larry Stewart
Angel television commentator Rex Hudler, suspended late last season after being arrested and charged with marijuana possession, will return next season, club President Dennis Kuhl said Friday. "Rex has been an important part of the Angels, both behind the microphone and in the community," Kuhl said. "While his situation earlier this year was unfortunate, there has been no lack of regret or accountability on his part." Hudler said, "Life is a series of situations and the choices we make.
August 11, 2003 | Michael Quintanilla, Times Staff Writer
Twenty-two years after his opening-day emergency start for the Dodgers, a 2-0 shutout over the Houston Astros, Fernando Valenzuela is a rookie again. He sits in Dodger Stadium and pans the field with binoculars. During the bottom of the seventh inning in a home game against the Colorado Rockies, he bobs his head as the crowd sings mass karaoke to "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." But Valenzuela is not on the field.
April 8, 2003 | Larry Stewart
Lisa Guerrero, a Ram cheerleader in the mid-1980s who burst onto the L.A. sports television scene in 1997 and gained quite a following, is leaving sports television for the time being to pursue acting opportunities. Guerrero's last day on Fox Sports Net's "Best Damn Sports Show Period" will be Wednesday, her 39th birthday. Her contract is due to expire April 25.
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