Terry Francona's Deal With ESPN Includes Radio Work
December 6, 2011 at 8:20 AM (PT)
Former BOSTON RED SOX manager TERRY FRANCONA's deal with ESPN to serve as analyst for SUNDAY NIGHT BASEBALL on television also calls for him to serve as a featured guest on ESPN RADIO shows. FRANCONA, who left the SOX in controversy after last season's team meltdown, debuted on the TV network last night on SPORTSCENTER and BASEBALL TONIGHT; he will contribute to ESPN RADIO, ESPN.COM, and ESPNBOSTON.COM. The addition of FRANCONA is, in effect, a swap with the RED SOX, who hired FRANCONA's TV predecessor BOBBY VALENTINE as manager to replace FRANCONA.
"TERRY is a brilliant baseball mind, with two World Series rings over the last eight seasons, and we're thrilled to welcome him to our team," said Norby Williamson, executive vice president, production. "TED WILLIAMS for JOE DIMAGGIO never happened, but this is ESPN's version with BOBBY moving to the RED SOX dugout and TERRY replacing him on SUNDAY NIGHT BASEBALL."
"I'm excited to join ESPN and to be able to talk about my passion for baseball with fans who love the game as much as me," said FRANCONA. "In some ways, I'll be a rookie all over again, but I'm looking forward to the challenge."