After an ugly fallout with NESN, Boston Red Sox announcer Don Orsillo will be heading west in 2016 as a new member of the San Diego Padres broadcasting team.
As Hall of Fame broadcaster Dick Enberg finishes up his career after the conclusion of the 2016 season, Orsillo will take over full time in 2017. Next season, however, Orsillo will make appearances on both radio and TV to ease him in to the role as Enberg says his farewell.
Orsillo, 46, has spent nearly his entire career in the Red Sox organization. Before 2001 when he was hired by the Red Sox, he previously served as the Pawtucket Red Sox play-by-play man in Triple-A.
The firing at NESN in Boston came as a surprise to many as Orsillo was one of the most respected broadcasters in the Majors. NESN has still declined to say why they made the move.
As for the what the future holds for the Red Sox, ESPN broadcaster and current radio man for Boston, Dave O’Brien, will take over the TV gig alongside Jerry Remy.
For the Padres, they can commit to Orsillo for the long term following Enberg’s retirement. With him and Mark Grant holding down the TV broadcasts after 2016, Padres fans should have no issue getting used to hearing a great baseball broadcaster in Orsillo.
The Padres are expected to make the announcement as soon as Wednesday.
In his final home broadcast at Fenway Park on Sunday, the Red Sox made a classy video tribute following the bottom of the seventh. Following the tribute, the fans and players gave Orsillo a standing ovation, which just shows you how much he will be missed in Boston.