To the many goodbyes said Sunday at Memorial Stadium, add one: Baltimore Orioles radio announcer Ken Levine.
Levine has resigned to be closer to his family and television writing work in California, Jeff Beauchamp, vice president and station manager of WBAL Radio, the Orioles' flagship, said last night.
Levine, whose writing credits include "M*A*S*H" and "Cheers," just finished his rookie season as a major-league sportscaster. He was hired to replace Joe Angel, who left for the New York Yankees after 1990.
Levine came to the Orioles after three seasons with the Class AAA Syracuse Chiefs and Tidewater Tides.
Though fans were critical of Levine's work, Beauchamp said the announcer could have returned next season if he so wished.
Levine was unavailable for comment.
Beauchamp said, "There really is no timetable" for finding a replacement.
"We have some interested candidates. There's a pretty short list. There's more than one or two, but there's not 100 like last year dTC [when Levine was selected]."
Beauchamp said Ernie Harwell, the original voice of the major-league Orioles who just finished his last season with the Detroit Tigers, is among the candidates.
Meanwhile, Chuck Thompson is close to agreeing to another season broadcasting games on WBAL, Beauchamp said. Thompson worked about half the games this year, filling in when Jon Miller was on a television assignment.