Hershiser will serve as studio analyst this season

BRISTOL, Conn. -- Orel Hershiser is rejoining ESPN and will be a studio analyst for the network this season.

"We're thrilled to welcome Orel back to our deep lineup of established baseball experts," said Norby Williamson, ESPN executive vice president, studio and remote production. "He possesses the unique ability to articulate a complex dynamic within the game -- pitching and the pitcher/batter duel -- which resonates well with our viewers."

The former NL Cy Young Award winner was an analyst for ESPN and ABC during the Little League World Series from 2000-01 and was on ESPN's major league Wednesday telecasts during 2001.

He joined the Texas Rangers in November 2001 as an associate to former general manager John Hart, became pitching coach in June 2002, then was shifted in November to executive assistant to team president Jeff Cogen. Hershiser quit the Rangers this month.

"I couldn't pass up the opportunity to rejoin the ESPN family," Hershiser said. "I have loved my time with the Rangers and it has had a tremendous impact on my post-playing career. While I will be analyzing them as objectively as the rest of baseball, I have some great relationships and fond memories of my time there."

Hershiser, a three-time NL All-Star, pitched 18 years in the majors for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1983-94, 2000), Cleveland (1995-97), San Francisco (1998) and the New York Mets (1999).

In 1988, he won the Cy Young Award and was named World Series Most Valuable Player, Associated Press Athlete of the Year and Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. After missing the 1990 season due to shoulder surgery, Hershiser returned to the Dodgers in 1991 and was named UPI Comeback Player of the Year.

After a stellar career as an all-conference selection in baseball at Cherry Hill East High School in New Jersey, Hershiser attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio (1976-79) and earned baseball team MVP and all-conference honors.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.