It’s quite a feat to win a World Series. It’s even more prestigious if you are the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of that same 1988 World Series. That is quite an accomplishment for any pitcher. But the accolades didn’t stop there for Orel Hershiser. He racked up even more awards during his 18 year Major League Baseball (MLB) tenure.
This 3 time MLB All-Star Player also received the coveted Cy Young award, as well as the Golden Glove and Silver Slugger Awards. Collecting all of these awards indicate that Hershiser is definitely a MLB pitching legend. Having a MLB resume like Hershiser’s is impressive, and it speaks volumes about his contribution to baseball.
But what makes Hershiser truly one of the greats is what he did as a Los Angeles Dodger, while he and his team marched towards the 1988 World Series. During their hard-fought trek to the biggest game in baseball, Hershiser broke Don Drysdale’s 1968 consecutive scoreless inning record. He did this by pitching 59 consecutive scoreless innings. This achievement is of such paramount importance that Jeff Merron has identified Hershiser’s accomplishment as the “third greatest individual streak in all of baseball history.”
With all of what Orel Hershiser has accomplished, calling him one of the greatest MLB pitchers of all time, is not a stretch. He deserves that title. In fact, the fans agree, because Ranker.com cites him as the 36th best pitcher of all time. Ranker.com is a website that allows fans to vote and comment on who they think is the very best in all of baseball.
So where is Orel Hershiser now?
Hershiser played his last professional baseball game, as a Los Angeles Dodger on June 26, 2000. Consequently, in 2001 he joined the ranks of many retired professional athletes by becoming a sports broadcaster for the Little League World Series. At that time, the Little League World Series was being shown on both ABC and ESPN. Hershiser was a busy man in 2001, because during this year he also provided baseball analysis and commentary for Wednesday Night Baseball on ESPN.
After only one year, he left his newly found broadcasting career and became the pitching coach for the Texas Rangers. His next career step took him into baseball management, and in 2005 he became the Executive Director of the Texas Rangers baseball team. This position didn’t last long, and in 2006 he completely stopped working for the Texas Rangers.
He then signed back on with ESPN, as a baseball analyst for Baseball Tonight, Sunday Night Baseball and the Little League World Series. While being paid by ESPN to talk about baseball, Hershiser also started playing competitive poker.
Apparently he had some poker playing skills because in 2006, the same year he started broadcasting again…Hershiser became a professional tournament poker player. His two most notable appearances were in the 2008 World Series of Poker and the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.
Currently Hershiser is still playing professional poker. He is also a television analyst for the Dodgers regional sports network Spectrum SportsNet LA. He started with this network in 2014, and is still with them today.
Nowadays you can either listen to Hershiser, as he provides color commentary for various Dodgers games on Spectrum SportsNet LA, or you might be able to catch a glimpse of this pitching legend at a poker tournament near you.