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Published February 29, 2012
WE'RE TALKING PADRES: In San Diego, Bill Center noted Baseball HOFer Tony Gwynn, who earlier this month underwent extensive surgery to remove a malignant tumor from inside his cheek, will be "returning to the Padres' television booth this season as a color analyst." The team's TV team will "include play-by-play man Dick Enberg and substitute Andy Masur, and analysts Mark Grant and Gwynn" (UTSANDIEGO.com, 2/28). Meanwhile, in California, John Maffei reported Mike Pomeranz will be the Padres' "new face for pre- and post-game shows." Pomeranz, who is leaving Minneapolis' KARE-NBC, is "set to join Fox for its coverage" of the team (NCTIMES.com, 2/27).
PASSING, BUT BARELY: TNT's Shaquille O'Neal, when asked to evaluate his performance on "Inside the NBA," said, "I'm at a low -C. I'm learning and will only get better. I just want to keep people entertained. I don't want to be talking with the big vocabulary and all that bullshit. I'm short and to the point. I'm very educated and can give you somewhat of a vocabulary, but I don't get to the philosophical side" (VIBE.com, 2/26).
NEW ON THE BEAT: The South Florida Sun-Sentinel has hired Izzy Gould as its new Dolphins beat reporter. Gould previously covered the Univ. of Alabama football team (SUN-SENTINEL.com, 2/27).