VIERA, Fla., Feb. 23 -- Charlie Slowes, who once served as a radio announcer for the NBA's Washington Bullets, and Dave Shea, a former announcer for hockey's Boston Bruins, will be named the radio broadcasters for the Washington Nationals' inaugural season as soon as Thursday, sources close to the negotiations said Wednesday night.
Slowes, who called Bullets' games for 11 seasons, spent the last seven years as part of the play-by-play team for baseball's Tampa Bay Devil Rays, taking the job at the team's inception in 1998. He had previously served as a substitute play-by-play announcer for both the New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles and was the voice of the Class AAA Norfolk Tides.
Shea is a 24-year broadcast veteran who was the Bruins' play-by-play announcer on television for the last six years. According to the Bruins' Web site, he has called hockey, football, soccer and basketball at the professional and college level.
Reached at his Florida home Wednesday night, Slowes said any announcement would have to be made by the club and declined further comment. Shea could not be reached. Nationals President Tony Tavares declined to comment on the announcement.
The deals are believed to be for one year.
Osuna En Route
Relief pitcher Antonio Osuna, the only Nationals player not in spring training camp, will fly to Florida on Saturday and be in camp Sunday, his agent said Wednesday night. Osuna, projected to be one of the primary set-up men for closer Chad Cordero, was on a plane to report to camp more than a week ago when his father took ill. . . .
Major League Baseball President Robert DuPuy and Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos met for a few hours Wednesday in New York in their continuing negotiations to reach a deal that would financially compensate the Orioles because baseball moved a franchise to Washington.