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Proctor named TV play-by-play voice
04/02/2005 11:15 PM ET
Mel Proctor will be the TV play-by-play voice of the Nationals starting on Monday, when the team plays the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Proctor said his deal was finalized Friday.

Proctor is well-respected in the Baltimore/Washington area. He was the longtime voice of the Washington Bullets (NBA) and Orioles (1984-1996).

"I love coming back to Washington. I still have a lot of friends there. It's a great place," Proctor said Saturday night. "It's going to be exciting with the new team coming in. I think it's exciting."

One of Proctor's friends is Nationals manager Frank Robinson. They were with the Orioles when Robinson was a coach, manager and assistant general manager with the team in the late 1980s and early '90s.

"Frank and I were together for many years," Proctor said. "He is someone I really respect. I look forward to spending time with him again. He's a great guy."

Proctor, who is currently the radio voice of the Los Angeles Clippers (NBA), has a long career in baseball. He also was the play-by-play voice of the Rangers (1980-1981) and Padres (1997-2001). He also has been doing baseball games for FOX-TV the last three years.

Proctor said that he does not know who is partner will be in the booth. He said there are three candidates, but doesn't know who they are.

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