‘The Skipper’ to join Rick Monday for weekend radio broadcasts

Former MLB manager and current MLB Network Radio analyst Kevin Kennedy will be joining former Dodger great and longtime Dodgers radio broadcaster Rick Monday this weekend on AM 570 LA Sports radio. Monday’s regular partner Charlie Steiner will be filling in for Joe Davis in the SportsNet LA television booth while Davis is away fulfilling contractual agreements with Fox Sports.

“I’ll be doing the games this Friday, Saturday and Sunday against the Miami Marlins [at Dodger Stadium],” Kennedy said. “I’m scheduled to do 30 games on the radio this season when Rick or Charlie are on vacation or when Charlie to needed in the SportsNet LA booth.”

Rick Monday and Kevin Kennedy.
(Photo credit – Jon SooHoo)

Kennedy, who was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and grew up a huge Dodger fan, was drafted as a catcher by the Baltimore Orioles in the eighth round of the 1976 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of San Diego State University. And even though he never made it beyond Triple-A as a player, his tremendous baseball knowledge did not go unnoticed by the Dodgers, who appointed him to manage of their Pioneer rookie league Great Falls Dodgers in 1984. Kennedy eventually worked his way up to manage the Dodgers Triple-A affiliate Albuquerque Dukes for three seasons until he was hired to manage the Texas Rangers in 1993.

After two seasons in Arlington, Kennedy was hired by the Boston Red Sox, where he managed in 1995 and 1996. In 1997 Kennedy joined ESPN as a color analyst on the network’s Wednesday Night Baseball telecasts, performing the same role on ESPN Radio’s Sunday Night Baseball in 1998 and on Fox Sports Net’s Thursday Night Baseball in 1999 and 2000. From 2001 to 2008, he was a studio analyst for baseball on Fox, teaming with host Jeanne Zelasko. He also contributed to Fox Sports Net’s Best Damn Sports Show Period and hosted a radio program on FOX Sports Radio, and was a co-host of Dodgers Live on Prime Ticket at this time.

In 2009 Kennedy was hired as a television analyst for the Tampa Bay Rays. He returned to the Dodgers’ postgame show for the 2009 postseason and more recently was a co-host on the popular DodgerTalk postgame talk radio show. This past off season Kennedy teamed up with national sports radio personality Rich Herrera to launch their popular Inside the Dugout podcasts.

 

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2 Responses to “‘The Skipper’ to join Rick Monday for weekend radio broadcasts”

  1. Bobl6 says:

    Glad you’re bringing Kevin back to do the games and work with Rick on the radio broadcasts.
    Now you need to work on the TV broadcast team. Joe Davis is doing his best but he is very boring and and Orel is the absolute worst. He doesn’t stop talking and telling everyone what he did when he played. He actually talks more than Joe and he’s supposed to be the color analyst! I don’t know if anyone from The Dodgers listen but if not they should be. I think Nomar does a much better job. Honestly I turn down the sound and listen to the radio feed. Looking forward to listening to Rick and Kevin this weekend!

    • Ron Cervenka says:

      I can absolutely positively guarantee you that we (ThinkBlueLA) have absolutely nothing to do with who the Dodgers hire as their broadcaster – radio or television. That said, if we did – or at least if I did – Charlie Steiner would never call another Dodger game again, not ever.

      Broadcasters are most certainly a personal preference thing. You prefer Nomar over Orel and I prefer Orel over Nomar. Granted, Orel talks a lot, but his analysis of pitching is remarkable, second only to (wait for it…) Kevin Kennedy (in my opinion).

      I also very much like Joe Davis. I am blessed to see and talk with him often in the press box at Dodger Stadium and he is as down to earth as a person can be. What I like most about him is that he has made (and makes) it abundantly clear that he is not trying to replace Vin Scully which, of course would be impossible anyway. Instead, he is establishing his own style and credibility entirely on his own merit.

      I most certainly am not trying to change your opinion(s), but I believe that yours are of the minority among most Dodger fans.

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