Breaking: WatchDog has learned that Orel Hershiser will replace Steve Philiips in ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" booth alongside Jon Miller and Joe Morgan, who are entering their 21st season together.

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The 2010 premiere is April 4: Yanks-Bosox. What else?

(UPDATE: WatchDog has learned the new crew actually will debut March 23 for a spring training game between the Mets and Braves.)

Hershiser, who has been with ESPN since 2006, is a safe, solid choice. He is likeable and knowledgeable and brings pitching cred to the table.

Bobby Valentine would have been a more daring option, but there is a better chance of Hershiser being on the ESPN team for the long haul.

Bobby V. figures to be managing somewhere by next spring.