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Padres hire Dick Enberg as TV voice

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - Dick Enberg says he's taking the San Diego Padres' TV play-by-play job because he wants to, not because CBS is pushing him out the door.

Enberg was introduced Thursday during a press conference at home plate at Petco Park. He signed a multiyear deal to call between 110 and 120 games per season.

Using a baseball euphemism, Enberg said he still has his fastball, even if he doesn't locate it as well.

Enberg will continue to call Wimbledon and hopes to be able to do the U.S. Open.

Enberg is known for his signature phrase, "Oh, My."

He began his full-time broadcasting career in 1965 in Los Angeles as the radio and television voice of the California Angels, UCLA basketball and the Los Angeles Rams.

The new Padres ownership group has been courting Enberg for several months.

It'll be an easy commute for Enberg, who lives in the San Diego area.

The current play-by-play announcer, Mark Neely, will do the games Enberg misses and will have other duties. Neely was hired before the 2009 season. Former big league pitcher Mark Grant will continue to be the color commentator.

 

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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