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Tribe radio voices given extensions

Tribe radio voices given extensions

CLEVELAND -- The Indians have locked up two more core members of their team to long-term contracts.

But these members do their work in the booth, not on the field.

Tribe radio voices Tom Hamilton and Mike Hegan were given contract extensions Wednesday, ensuring Hamilton will be calling Indians games through 2011 and Hegan will be doing color commentary through 2009.

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"The contract extensions of both Tom and Mike provide a continuity to our broadcasts," Indians vice president of business operations Dennis Lehman said in a release. "We know the loyal listeners of Indians baseball on radio share our excitement about today's announcement."

Hamilton is entering his 18th season in the Indians' radio booth. He joined Herb Score on the broadcast team in 1990 and has since become a five-time recipient of the Ohio Sportscaster of the Year Award. He has called 57 Indians postseason games, including all six games of the '95 World Series and all seven games of the '97 Series.

"My family and I could not be happier with this contract extension," Hamilton said. "We love and appreciate being a part of the Indians organization and the Cleveland community."

Hamilton and Hegan have worked together countless times in the past, but this upcoming season they'll be a full-time, two-man team. The Indians realigned their broadcast teams this winter, moving Matt Underwood over to SportsTime Ohio and making Hegan a permanent radio voice.

This will be Hegan's 19th season as an Indians broadcaster and his 10th on the radio. A veteran of 12 Major League seasons with the Yankees, Seattle Pilots, Brewers and A's, Hegan has provided analysis on TV for WUAB-43, Fox Sports Net and SportsTime Ohio.

"I'm very excited about the new contract for a number of reasons," Hegan said. "First, I continue to look forward to teaming up with Tom Hamilton each and every game. I truly enjoy working with him. In addition, I'm very excited about this team, as they made great strides this offseason by adding a few key players to our ballclub."

The Indians Radio Network will broadcast 20 exhibition games this spring, beginning with three of the first four days of games March 1, 3 and 4.

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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