Padres hire Red Sox announcer to succeed Dick Enberg

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Don Orsillo acknowledges the crowd from the booth during his last game as the play-by-play announcer for Boston Red Sox games on the New England Sports Network, waves to the crowd after a video tribute during the seventh inning at Fenway Park on September 27, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO — After this disappointing baseball season, it’s unclear who Padres fans will be watching on the field next year, but the announcers who will be calling the team’s games were announced Wednesday.

The biggest news was the confirmation that popular Boston Red Sox announcer Don Orsillo signed on to broadcast select games on radio and television next year. Orsillo, 46, was let go by the New England Sports Network for reasons that have not been disclosed.

“We are excited to add Don to our broadcast lineup,” said Padres President and CEO Mike Dee, a former Red Sox executive.

“Over his 15 years broadcasting Major League Baseball, Don has established himself as one of the premier play-by-play men in the game,” Dee said. “We look forward to both his fun-loving personality and outstanding play- calling ability resonating with Padres fans during what we expect will be a very long career in San Diego.”

In 2017, Orsillo will become the Padres lead television announcer on Fox San Diego, succeeding Hall of Fame broadcaster Dick Enberg, who plans to call games for one more season and then retire.

They’ll be joined in the broadcast booth by longtime analyst Mark Grant.

On the radio side, the Padres announced that Ted Leitner will return for his 37th season, with Jesse Agler joining him. Eduardo Ortega will do Spanish language play-by-play for a 31st year, along with former Padres catcher Carlos Hernandez.

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