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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(WEB-ONLY PODCAST) Rich And Pants Talk About What The Bucs, Rays And Lightning Should Be Thankful For

The Bucs, Rays and Lightning have a lot to be thankful for this Holiday Season. Well… At least the Lightning do. Rich Herrera and Jeff Pantridge talked about what our teams had to be thankful […]

98.7 The Fan–11/26/2014

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(PODCAST) Rich Herrera Wants You To Give Back For The Holidays

The Holidays are a time for giving. Over the next few weeks Rich Herrera will be interviewing people from local charities from the Bay Area. In this podcast Rich talks with Aaron Sharp from the […]

98.7 The Fan–11/26/2014

Texas Rangers v Tampa Bay Rays

When Money Is An Object $orry $ean Rod

The AL East was as least as they have been in years in 2014. The O’s won the division while the defending World Champs finish last. The Yankees got old way to quick before our […]

98.7 The Fan–11/26/2014

Tampa Bay Rays v Toronto Blue Jays

Good Bye Dave Martinez

The Rays managerial search is down to three and Dave Martinez isn’t one of them. The Rays had a long list of candidates and conventional wisdom had Davey as a likely candidate to make he […]

98.7 The Fan–11/26/2014

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(PODCAST) Rich Herrera Explains Why Joe Maddon Will Be A Tough Act Top Follow

Rich Herrera thinks the Rays have their work cut out for them when it comes to choosing the right manager. Using analogies from music and movies, Rich explains how it’s hard to hit a home […]

98.7 The Fan–11/25/2014

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(WEB-ONLY PODCAST) Rich Herrera And Jeff Pantridge Preview Rivalry Weekend In College Football

It’s one of the best weekends in sports. It’s Rivalry Weekend. Rich Herrera and Jeff Pantridge talk about some of their favorite rivalries in this web-only podcast.

98.7 The Fan–11/24/2014

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(WEB-ONLY PODCAST) Rich Herrera And Jeff Pantridge Discuss Gerald McCoy. Is He All That He’s Cracked Up To Be?

Rich Herrera and Jeff Pantridge pick up the pieces from the latest Tampa Bay Buccaneers loss. Is Gerald McCoy all that he’s cracked up to be??? The boys talk about this and more…

98.7 The Fan–11/24/2014

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 23:  Head coach Lovie Smith of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks at the scoreboard after the Chicago Bears recovered a fumble at Soldier Field on November 23, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Bucs Make Everyone Around Here A Pessimist

Sunday I sat down to watch the Bucs game at Hooters in John’s Pass. The place was hopping the Bud Light was flowing and the wings were perfect. Bucs fans were wearing their gear hoping […]

98.7 The Fan–11/24/2014

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Big Papi Reacts to Kung Fu Panda Big Bucks

The Red Sox are retooling in a big way landing Pablo Sandavol and Hanley Ramirez and they probably are not done yet. Ortiz is going to be a bigger beast with these two in the […]

98.7 The Fan–11/24/2014

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(POLL) Who Should Be The Rays Next Manager?

The Tampa Bay Rays have narrowed their managerial search to three. Of the three, which one do you think would be the best choice? VOTE in our poll:

98.7 The Fan–11/21/2014

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