Proctor makes the call, heads for San Diego Orioles announcer leaves after 13 years

December 25, 1996|By Jason LaCanfora | Jason LaCanfora,SUN STAFF

Announcer Mel Proctor officially ended his 13-year relationship with the Orioles and Home Team Sports yesterday.

Proctor signed to do play-by-play for San Diego Padres cable and broadcast television, a position he held with HTS since 1984. The deal with the Padres is for three years, according to league sources.

"It was the most difficult decision I've ever had to make," said Proctor, also a Washington Bullets announcer since 1985. "I've worked for HTS since the very beginning, and they've allowed me to grow and mature as a broadcaster. They've been great to me the whole time. It was wonderful to work for them."

Proctor becomes the third member of the Orioles' broadcasting team to depart. Radio play-by-play man Jon Miller left for San Francisco, and pre-game and post-game radio host Josh Lewin took a TV job calling Chicago Cubs games.

Proctor said his relationship with Padres president Larry Lucchino, a former Orioles president, was an influential factor.

"Larry Lucchino, [public relations director] Charles Steinberg and all the other old Orioles people in San Diego are people I know well and respect very much," he said. "I was very impressed with how they've helped to turn the Padres around."

Geography was also a factor. Proctor is from Denver, his wife from Hawaii. The move will enable them to spend more time with West Coast family and friends.

HTS representatives were unavailable last night.

Pub Date: 12/25/96

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