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02/14/12 10:45 AM EST

WFAN tabs Lewin to join Mets' broadcast team

Former Rangers play-by-play man replaces Hagin in booth

NEW YORK -- The Mets announced Tuesday that their flagship radio station, WFAN, has hired former Texas Rangers play-by-play man Josh Lewin to join Howie Rose in the booth this season. Lewin will replace Wayne Hagin, who left WFAN after four years in New York.

"It's exciting to be part of the Mets' broadcast team with Howie Rose, who is one of the best in the business," Lewin said in a statement. "It's a thrill to be able to come back to my roots in New York and call games for the team I rooted for as a kid on the preeminent sports talk radio station in the country."

Lewin, 43, boasts 16 years of Major League Baseball broadcast experience, including nine as the television play-by-play man in Texas. Lewis has also called games for the Orioles, Cubs and Tigers, and he has been part of FOX's Saturday national television baseball coverage since 1996, announcing both American League and National League postseason games for the network. In addition, Lewin hosted a midday sports talk show on CBS Radio in Dallas last year.

"Our exceptional radio broadcasts have long been a point of tradition and pride for Mets fans," Mets executive vice president of business operations Dave Howard said in a statement. "We are confident Josh will be a welcome addition to that tradition."

Lewin has also served as the radio play-by-play voice of the NFL's San Diego Chargers since 2005 and will continue in that role, which is not uncommon. Rose, for example, spends his winters calling New York Islanders hockey games on MSG, and SNY color man Kevin Burkhardt serves as radio play-by-play man for the Dallas Cowboys' broadcast on Compass Media Network.

In addition to his radio and television work, Lewis has written two baseball books, "Getting in the Game," and "You Never Forget Your First." He is a 1990 graduate of Northwestern University in Chicago.

"Josh brings extensive experience and knowledge to the broadcasts and is a tremendous addition to the Mets' radio booth," WFAN operations manager Mark Chernoff said in a statement.

Sports Radio 66 WFAN has been the flagship station for Mets radio broadcasts since the station's inception in 1987.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.