The man who has served as the primary Padres play-by-play man since 2010 will call his final game for the team in 2016. Dick Enberg announced Wednesday night that he will call games through next season before calling it quits – for now. After all, his broadcast career spans over 60 years so it’s hard to think that he will be completely done when the final game is played for the Padres next year.
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According to Beth Maiman, Enberg had this to say in a statement summing these up:
"“In culminating 60 years of sports broadcasting, it has been a tremendous thrill to be the TV voice of my hometown San Diego Padres, and I’m tremendously excited that I will have a continuing TV role though the 2016 season, an All-Star Game year for San Diego,”"
He was also honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame with the Ford C. Frick Award this past year. While Enberg’s best days were surely behind him, he brought a charm to the broadcasts trying to pronounce the many Dominican Republic player names and even Yangervis Solarte on a regular basis.
His story goes back well beyond the Padres however. He began full time broadcasting in LA broadcasting radio games for the Angels, Rams, and UCLA Basketball.
Padres President Mike Dee summed up his thoughts with the following statement on Enberg:
"“Inarguably, Dick is the greatest storyteller the sports world has ever known, and we have been fortunate to have heard his legendary voice and signature calls on our Padres telecasts since 2010”."
No word yet on who his replacement might be considered for 2017. Mark Grant is likely to stay on in a capacity while perhaps a replacement might come internally from the Fox Sports San Diego team. Enberg is one of only two people to be honored by the baseball, football, and basketball Hall of Fame.
Until then, we can enjoy the many Dick Enberg baseball stories and stories from sports in general, watch the All Star Game in San Diego, as Dick talks his way into the sunset.