By Jon Weisman
Vin Scully will call the Dodgers’ Spring Training opener February 26, the first of 19 consecutive days of exhibition game broadcasts for SportsNet LA after it launches February 25, leading up to the Dodgers’ departure for Australia.
The first Spring Training broadcast, one of four that Scully will call before the Dodgers play the Diamondbacks in Sydney, will begin at 12 noon Pacific. Scully will also do games on February 27, March 9 and March 16.
SportsNet LA will broadcast every Dodger Spring Training game, except when it broadcasts one of two split-squad games on March 8 and March 15. Counting the three games against the Angels on March 27-29, SportsNet LA will air 22 Spring Training games in all.
Glenn Diamond, a five-time Emmy winner and 31-year veteran in the business, including postseason experience with TBS, will produce the game broadcasts.
SportsNet LA also will launch hour-long live nightly show “Access SportsNet: Dodgers,” which will air at 7 p.m. Pacific during Spring Training. John Hartung will host the program, which will also feature Charley Steiner, Orel Hershiser, Nomar Garciappara, Jerry Hairston and Alana Rizzo. “Access SportsNet: Dodgers” plans to deliver comprehensive coverage of the team, showcasing the behind-the-scenes access of the new network.