Rich Herrera

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Rich kicks the evening off in style at 7p.m. along with Jeff ‘Pants’ Pantridge and Rollergirl! Each night, they’ll feature local sport stars and big names on the national scene just as well the day’s headlines. You’ll want to be sure to tune when the show starts to catch great interviews, insight, and more!

As Tampa Bay Rays fans can attest, Rich has been a fixture at Tropicana Field for seven seasons as the team’s pre and post-game show host (also filling in as play-by-play) announcer since 2005. Rays fans could always hear Rich as he conducted on-field player interviews after a Rays win, before he began his post-game show from the stadium’s Brew House and then later upstairs from the Batters Eye.

Rich brought the Rays Republic inside every Rays locker-room celebration in team history. He was the first to talk to Joe Maddon on the radio during the Rays landmark run in 2008, when they clinched the AL East that year in Detroit, and for all champagne bath in Chicago after the Rays beat the White Sox to advance to the ALCS that season.  Fans listened to Rich during the highs and lows of the ‘08 ALCS battle against Boston, including the crushing Game Five loss at Fenway and the Rays finest moment: newcomer David Price coming in to beat the BoSox and send the Rays to the World Series. Rich has a wealth of big-league baseball knowledge, rooted in covering three different big league teams: the Rays, the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics. And he continues to cover the MLB beat as a featured host on MLB Network Radio.

But here’s something you might not know about Rich:  He’s one of the most versatile sports radio hosts in the country, with experience in both major market and national sports radio. He worked in both San Francisco at KNBR the No. 1 sports station in the U.S. at the time, but also was a fixture in the Southern California market–named one of the Top 10 sports hosts by the Los Angeles Daily News. Rich’s national work includes shows on Sports Fan Radio Network and Prime Sports Radio, and he was one of the original hosts at Fox Sports Radio when the network launched in 2000.

His resume includes being a sideline reporter covering the NFL and NCAA football for Sports USA Radio for eight season. He has also patrolled stadium sidelines in the NFL from Raymond James to Lambeau Field to Arrowhead.  On the NCAA beat, he has worked games at the Swamp, Doak Campbell, the Orange Bowl, the Horseshoe in Ohio, and LSU’s Death Valley. For a short time, Rich was even a columnist for the San Francisco Examiner.

He has covered the NBA (hosting the Warriors post-game show), championship fights in Vegas, the PGA tour, and the NHL. Outside of his disdain for soccer, there are very few sports in America that he hasn’t been around – including NASCAR.

Rich lives in St. Petersburg with his wife Elizabeth and middle schooler Rigney. He is involved in many local charities including Northeast Little League, the Children’s Dream Fund and the Wounded Warrior Foundation, among many others.

RICH’S VIEW: “I’m thrilled to have the chance to have a daily dialogue with Bay Area sports fans and be part of this fantastic winning lineup on 98.7 The Fan. Sit back and tune in – we’re going to have a blast!”

Got a question for Rich? Email him: rich@987thefan.com

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98.7 The Fan–11/21/2014

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Adios Jose Molina

The Rays DFA’ed Jose Molina last night. That means the Rays have ten days to either trade him or release him. You scoff trade him, who in the world would want Jose Molina? He was [...]

98.7 The Fan–11/21/2014

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(WEB-ONLY PODCAST) Does Jameis Winston Deserve The Benefit Of The Doubt Off The Field?

Well, it looks like the latest Jameis Winston controversy might have been overblown. It turns out the autographs that he allegedly signed were not in fact his signature. It seems that the public for the [...]

98.7 The Fan–11/20/2014

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(PODCAST) Rich Herrera Tells You What To Look For On Black Friday With Our Tech Guy Nick Mokey From Digital Trends

What gadgets are going to be the big sellers this Black Friday??? Rich Herrera and Nick Mokey from digitaltrends.com discuss.

98.7 The Fan–11/19/2014

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Should the Bucs resign Blount

The Steelers had enough with LaGerette Blount this week cutting him after he walked out on the team after the team beat the Titans 27-22 on Sunday. Reports have Blount walking off the field before [...]

98.7 The Fan–11/19/2014

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CFP Video Challenge

This weeks College Football Playoff Rankings are out #1 Alabama #2 Oregon #3 FSU #4 Miss St. So in honor of this weeks playoff I picked my favorite videos on You Tube from each school [...]

98.7 The Fan–11/19/2014

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(PODCAST) Scott Reynolds From Pewter Report Wants To See More From The Bucs

Rich Herrera sat down with Scott Reynolds from Pewter Report Tuesday. Scott told Rich he needs to see more from the Bucs before he is sold. They also touched on Josh McCown’s solid play and [...]

98.7 The Fan–11/18/2014

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Does AP Deserve All This

The NFL has been a punching bag this season. Players getting in trouble with the law. Lawsuits flying around. Head Trauma lawsuits. Plus two very high-profile players standing tall above all else Ray Rice and [...]

98.7 The Fan–11/18/2014

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(POLL) Who Should Be Number 4???

It looks like Florida St., Oregon and Alabama will make up the Top 3 in tonight’s College Football Playoff rankings. The question is… Who will be number 4??? Who do YOU think should be Number [...]

98.7 The Fan–11/18/2014

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(POLL) Who Are You More Disappointed In? Adrian Peterson Or Roger Goodell?

With the news hitting today that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will be suspended for the rest of the season without pay, we want to know who you are more disappointed in? Adrian Peterson [...]

98.7 The Fan–11/18/2014

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