As she rocked 7-week-old daughter Isabela to sleep at home in Valencia before heading out to the Fox lot in Century City for Thursday afternoon’s show, Zelasko had no pregnant pauses while delivering some astute observations about how she sees the three Southern California baseball teams nursing the next few important days and weeks of their existence: On the teething San Diego Padres, down 0-2 and trying to avoid the media crush of questions about how ace Jake Peavy had his ribs crushed during the NL West victory celebration and affected the team’s rough start in their series against St. Louis: “I think if the McCourts have any decision in the hiring, Kevin will get a call. I know Frank McCourt grabs Kevin’s ear all the time to run things by him (since Kennedy has been to Dodger Stadium almost nightly for FSN West 2’s Dodger pre- and post-game show). I see GMs pick his brain all the time. It’s amazing Kevin isn’t back in the game. Maybe he should just show up in uniform on the TV set. I think he could definitely cure what ails that organization. “And I’ve been teasing him for years that if he went back to being a manager, I’d be his bench coach.” As for the Angels’ chances of crawling toward another World Series title: “When I saw (manager) Mike Scioscia, I reminded him that the last time I had a child (Trevor) in 2002, there was an all-California World Series, which helped me stay near home. Well, I gave birth again, and I’m not sure (Fox Sports executive producer Ed Goren) wants an all-California Series again, but at least 50 percent would sure help my travel.” And if the Angels’ foe is the Houston Astros, then Zelasko wouldn’t be surprised. “That keeps the theme alive of a wild-card winner, and if the pattern sticks, it’ll be from the National League. I hope that’s what my bosses would like as far as markets and ratings go, too.” With that, Zelasko got her new daughter ready for a car ride to work with her, leaving husband Curt Sandoval to pick up their 3-year-old son from preschool. A mom’s job predicting the outcome of baseball’s most pressing issues is never done. Tom Hoffarth is at (818) 713-3661 and [email protected] WHAT SMOKES FSN West has wisely added Marty McSorley as a studio hockey analyst, on pre- and post-game as well as between periods, for both its Kings and Ducks telecasts. The hiring came about after network executive producer Mike Connelly played in some pickup games with the former Kings defenseman at the team’s training facility and asked about his broadcasting availability. McSorley, married to AVP beach player Leanne Schuster McSorley, spent the last two years coaching in the American Hockey League with the Phoenix Coyotes’ Springfield, Mass., affiliate. ESPN Deportes Radio, the first 24-hour Spanish language sports-talk network in the U.S., launched this week with Los Angeles’ KWKW-AM (1330) as the flagship station for the entire production. Other affiliates in Pomona, Bakersfield, San Diego, Yuma, Ariz., Las Vegas and Tucson, Ariz., are included in the launch. KWKW has been the Dodgers, Lakers, Avengers and Chivas USA’s Spanish-language station. Meanwhile, the Dish Network satellite service added ESPN Deportes’ 24-hour TV network on Channel 854 to those who, for now, subscribe to the Dish Latino channel package. WHAT CHOKES If this doesn’t catch on, be glad: Fox Soccer Channel has picked two fans to square off to “trade barbs” (as the press release says) during its coverage of the Major League Soccer match between Chicago and Columbus (Monday, 7 p.m.). The concept was borrowed from News Corp sister company Sky Sports in Great Britain, where two fans of opposing English Premier League teams are given the chance to provide commentary live during televised matches. One of the fans given a microphone Monday is Will Gordon of Costa Mesa, a Galaxy season-ticket holder who also claims to be a die-hard Chicago Fire fan for the past decade. Applicants who discovered this opportunity to be on-air through the network’s Web site (foxsoccer.com) had to fill out a form and submit a 10-minute audition tape. The potential for disaster looms for the opening of the next “Monday Night Football” telecast from Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, where the Chargers meet the Pittsburgh Steelers. ABC’s plan is to give the fans in attendance a yet-to-divulged prop with instructions on how to use it a half-hour before the 6 p.m. choreographed opening of the telecast. The question: Will there be enough live bodies in the stadium, or will most still be stuck in rush-hour traffic? Joe McDonnell is about a month away from finding out whether he’ll stay on as the afternoon drive sports-talk host on KSPN-AM (710), working either alone or with Gary Miller as his partner. Sources within the station, however, say a sticking point with contract talk could be that McDonnell is only being offered a standard renewal without a pay raise. McDonnell would not comment on the contract talks and referred all inquires to his agent, Jared Levine, who did not return phone calls. Roy Jones Jr.’s loss to Antonio Tarver, which attracted 405,000 pay-per-view buys last week, gets a replay Saturday on HBO at 9:45 p.m. Isn’t once enough? Memo to ESPN: Next time you want to turn reporter Erin Andrews loose on a celebrity interview during an important baseball game – even if it’s Robert Redford at Fenway Park – just say no. A poll this week on Sports Illustrated’s Web site asked anyone willing to participate to answer the question: What do you like least about the MLB playoffs? The response, “I have to listen to Joe Buck and Tim McCarver,” took 41 percent of the votes, outdistancing “I have to watch the Braves and Yankees – again” (24 percent) and “Games end too late” (24 percent). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “This whole Peavy thing is incredible to me. It’s about 15 minutes before we’re going on the air (Tuesday at 5 p.m.) and I’m trying to find out more information (after the Padres’ 8-5 loss in Game 1) because there was nothing on the wire services. I e-mailed Luis Garcia (the Padres’ media relations man) and, since he had his Blackberry, he calls me back on the set and puts Jake on the phone. “Jake almost felt like a buffoon because of what happened. He thought he could just wrap it up like Gretzky during the Stanley Cup and just suck it up and pitch. Now he says he can come back to pitch in a Game 4. I think that’s just to get the team mentally prepared. But if they keep playing like they have they don’t stand a chance. It seems like they have the yips. It’s painful for me as a former San Diego person to watch this.” On the Dodgers’ managerial mess, Zelasko offers more than just another disposable diaper. “I wish they’d just hire Kevin Kennedy (the former Red Sox and Rangers manager once passed over for Davey Johnson for the Dodgers’ job in 1999). I don’t want to kick Kevin out of the studio, but sitting with him season after season, he breaks things down like no one else I’ve ever seen. They never really filled his void on (ESPN’s) ‘Baseball Tonight.’ “Maybe teams just think he’s comfortable now being a broadcaster. He’s very old school, and expects people will notice him for his merit. He’s not like a Buck Showalter who’ll get his agent to keep throwing his name out there for manager jobs. He won’t play games and politic for any job, which to me makes him more admirable. Let’s get past the fact that Jeanne Zelasko – mother of two, wife of a local sportscaster and lifelong baseball fan – has made some strides in this groundbreaking role of female superanchor on Fox’s Major League Baseball studio pre- and post-game coverage. Let’s see if she’s on top of her game. As if she doesn’t have enough multitasking to do lately.