ESPN announced Monday night that it has hired former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona as an analyst for the network’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcast, according to NESN.
"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, ESPN's executive vice president of production in a statement. "Ted Williams for Joe DiMaggio never happened, but this is ESPN's version with Bobby [Valentine] moving to the Red Sox dugout and Terry replacing him on Sunday Night Baseball."
Francona will also serve as an analyst for Sportscenter and will contribute on ESPN.com, according to NESN. Francona joined FOX to contribute as a color commentator during the American League playoffs this season. "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."