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Ted Leitner transitioning to new role in 2021

We wish Leitner all the best in his new role going forward.

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On Friday, long-time Padres radio broadcaster Ted Leitner announced his plans to transition from the booth to a new role within the organization for the 2021 season. That concludes A 41-year career as the team’s play-by-play announcer for the Padres fixture.

According to the team’s press release, Leitner will serve as “a Team Ambassador for the organization and remain involved in community appearances, speaking engagements, and team-organized events.”

Jesse Agler will be moved into the lead play-by-play role for the Friars in 2021 and will be joined by Tony Gwynn Jr. in the booth as the full-time color analyst.

“I will miss everything about the Padres broadcast that I have been privileged to be a part of for so many years,” said Leitner. “I’ve had the best seat in the house in San Diego for over four decades, and I’ve had the honor of working alongside Hall of Fame broadcasters while watching the greatest players to ever wear a Padres uniform. While the broadcast booth will always be in my heart, I look forward to working more closely with the San Diego community and our loyal fans in the future.”