Reghi expected to get O's TV job Cavaliers announcer will replace Proctor

February 26, 1997|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,SUN SPORTS MEDIA CRITIC

Home Team Sports and the Orioles are expected to formally announce today that Cleveland Cavaliers announcer Michael Reghi will become the team's new television play-by-play man.

Reghi (pronounced REG-eye), who has filled in as play-by-play announcer on Indians telecasts and served as host of their pre-game show on SportsChannel Ohio, could not be reached for comment last night.

He has been the leading candidate for the job for weeks, though there was an apparent recent flirtation with ESPN baseball anchor Gary Miller. Reghi will replace Mel Proctor, who will take over similar duties for the San Diego Padres this season.

Reghi, 40, also has done college football and basketball games for SportsChannel Ohio and Canadian Football League telecasts for ESPN and ESPN2. Meanwhile, former Orioles outfielder Ken Singleton, who also had been under consideration for the Orioles TV slot, said yesterday that he has reached agreement on a two-year contract to join the Madison Square Garden network as a play-by-play announcer/analyst on New York Yankees telecasts.

Singleton, a New York native, said he met with Yankees owner George Steinbrenner on Monday to discuss the post, in which he will do at least 75 telecasts as well as continue to analyze games for Fox.

"Originally, he [Steinbrenner] was concerned that I was an ex-Oriole, but I told him that I grew up in New York and as a kid I was always hoping I would get inside [Yankee Stadium]. He told me, 'You got inside,' " said Singleton.

Singleton said he never received word from the Orioles that he was no longer under consideration after he met with the team's marketing and broadcasting director, Michael Lehr, two weeks ago.

Singleton said, however, that his association with agent Ron Shapiro, who represents former Orioles radio broadcaster Jon Miller and third baseman Cal Ripken, was not a factor.

"From what I understand, that was never involved," said Singleton. "I thought about it myself after Jon Miller left and nothing was happening, but I think everybody's aboveboard as far as that's concerned."

Pub Date: 2/26/97

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