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Doran to call Dayton's opener04/07/2010 9:51 PM ET
DAYTON, Ohio -- Former Major League star Bill Doran will serve as the guest commentator on the Dayton Dragons Opening Night television broadcast on Thursday, April 8. The Dragons host the Lansing Lugnuts at Fifth Third Field at 7:00 p.m. in the 2010 Midwest League opener for both teams.
Doran spent 12 years in the Major Leagues from 1982-'93 and was regarded as one of the top second basemen in baseball throughout the 1980's. He received National League Most Valuable Player votes in 1985, '86, and '87 as a member of the Houston Astros and finished fifth in the N.L. Rookie of the Year voting in 1983. He is a native of Cincinnati, attending Mount Healthy High School and Miami University.
Just before the September 1 trade deadline in 1990, Doran was dealt by the Astros to the Cincinnati Reds. In his second week with the Reds, he earned National League Player of the Week honors and helped the Reds to the National League West title. Doran was on the Reds post-season roster in 1990 but a back injury prevented him from playing as the club won the N.L. Pennant and World Series. Doran's teammate on the Reds that season was current Dragons manager Todd Benzinger.
In 1987, Doran played in all 162 games to lead the National League. He hit .283 with a career-high 16 home runs and 79 runs batted in while stealing 31 bases.
One of Doran's biggest career hits was a two-run home run in game two of the 1986 National League Championship Series with the Astros against Ron Darling and the New York Mets. The homer gave the Astros a 4-0 lead in the game.
Since the conclusion of his playing career, Doran has served as a Major League coach with the Reds and Royals. He currently serves as Assistant Field Coordinator for the Reds, overseeing field instruction for all Minor League players in the Reds organization.
The game can be seen on WHIO digital channel 7.2 (Channels 23 and 372 on Time Warner Cable systems). Dragons director of broadcasting and media relations Tom Nichols will handle the play-by-play.
All 140 Dragons home and road games in 2010 will be broadcast on radio and streamed on-line at www.daytondragons.com. A total of 137 games can be heard on the Dragons flagship station, 1410 ESPN Radio WING AM. Games on April 22, May 23, and July 25 can be heard on 101.7 FM. All the Dragons action begins with the pre-game show thirty minutes before the first pitch of every Dragons game, featuring game previews, interviews, and lineups. Each Dragons game is followed by an extensive post-game show featuring game recaps, interviews, and out of town scores.
Nichols returns for his third season with the team and 23rd year in Minor League Baseball as the play-by-play announcer. He has called more than 2,700 professional games during his career. Nick Anastos, a product of Hofstra University who most recently served as the voice of athletics at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will join Nichols on home broadcasts. Mark Neal, Program Director at WING, will work on the 15 broadcasts this season when Nichols moves to the TV booth.