New York Mets' Carlos Beltran (15), Jason Bay (44), and Jason Pridie (20) celebrate with teammates after a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Saturday, April 23, 2011, at CitiField in New York. The Mets won the game 6-4. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
There haven't been many more polarizing figures in sports broadcasting around these parts recently than Josh Lewin.
Lewin was unceremoniously told to leave as the Texas Rangers play-by-play man after the 2010 regular season. He is one of those guys that everyone either loved or hated during his time with the Rangers broadcast team. There were numerous pop-culture references, mentions of his band, Independent George, and the awkward moments of silence when Lewin would say something that just sailed over the head of his partner Tom Grieve.
There was speculation the decision to relieve Lewin of his duties was that of Nolan Ryan, whose old-school baseball guy mentality didn't mesh with Lewin's quirkiness.
Now, he'll be continuing his trade in the pro baseball world as Lewin has accepted a gig as the radio play-by-play guy with WFAN in New York as part of the New York Mets radio team.
"It's exciting to be part of the Mets' broadcast team with Howie Rose, who is one of the best in the business," Lewin said in a statement. "It's a thrill to be able to come back to my roots in New York and call games for the team I rooted for as a kid on the pre-eminent sports talk radio station in the country."
Lewin will also continue his duties as the radio voice of the San Diego Chargers during football season, something he did during his time in Arlington as well.