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 Break Down This Week’s Sons Of Anarchy

Every Thursday, until the end of the season, Rich Herrera and Jeff Pantridge will break down the latest episode of one of their favorite shows, Sons Of Anarchy. Enjoy!

13 hours ago

File photo of Gerald McCoy. (Photo by Cliff McBride/Getty Images)

(POLL) Do you agree with Gerald McCoy? Is the Bucs defense soft?

Gerald McCoy basically called the Bucs out for being soft today. What are your thoughts? Are they soft? VOTE in our poll!

98.7 The Fan–14 hours ago

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 21: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game One of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 21, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.

BOOM goes the SF Bullpen

Last night the Giants bullpen who had been so solid this season went boom. The Royals and their fans who were shell-shocked after the beat down they took at the hands of the Giants in [...]

98.7 The Fan–22 hours ago

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 21: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game One of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 21, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.

2014 World Series Game One Thoughts

With Big Game Shields on the mound, the town that has waited 29 years for the World Series to come back to KC was a buzz, clad in blue as they waited for the first [...]

98.7 The Fan–10/22/2014

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(PODCAST) Scott Reynolds From Pewter Report thinks all is not lost for the Bucs

Scott Reynolds from the Pewter Report gives you the latest on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Who’s getting healthy after the bye week??? Why did Da’Quan Bowers get suspended??? Do we have a quarterback controversy??? Scott [...]

98.7 The Fan–10/21/2014

Baltimore Orioles v Oakland Athletics

The 2014 Fall Classic Giants vs Royals

Tuesday the 2014 World Series begins with the Royals hosting the Giants. The Rays players and coaches have been fishing and playing golf for a while so why should Tampa Bay fans care? Neither of [...]

98.7 The Fan–10/21/2014

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(WEB-ONLY PODCAST) Rich Herrera and Jeff Pantridge Give Their World Series Picks

Are you excited about the World Series??? Rich and Pants are. So, who’s gonna win??? We let you know here…

98.7 The Fan–10/20/2014

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(WEB-ONLY PODCAST) Is Peyton Manning the Best QB Ever? Rich Herrera and Pants Discuss

Rich Herrera and Jeff Pantridge talk NFL and College Football in this web-only podcast. Is Peyton Manning the best ever? When should The University of Florida fire Will Muschamp? Did the refs get the call [...]

98.7 The Fan–10/20/2014

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