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Terry Francona to replace Bobby Valentine on Sunday Night Baseball

Dec 5, 2011, 10:36 PM EDT

File image of Boston Red Sox manager Francona walking back to the dugout during their MLB American League baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park in Boston

Three cheers for awkward trades. ESPN just announced during the Monday Night Football halftime show that Terry Francona will indeed replace Bobby Valentine in the broadcast booth for Sunday Night Baseball alongside Dan Shulman and Orel Hershiser. He’ll also make appearances on Baseball Tonight, starting later this evening.

Francona was fired as Red Sox manager following the season and received positive reviews when he subbed for Tim McCarver during FOX’s coverage of the ALCS. He met with FOX after failing to land another managing gig this winter, but was reportedly in talks with ESPN as recently as a few days ago.

While I’m looking forward to seeing Francona in the broadcast booth on a regular basis next season, his tenure there doesn’t figure to be a long one. He’ll likely be mentioned for every prominent managerial opening next offseason.

  1. cur68 - Dec 5, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    Woo hoo! I am SO/i> looking forward to Tito armchair managing Valentine next season…

    • Old Gator - Dec 5, 2011 at 10:45 PM

      You took the words right out of my sinal enunciator cavity.

      • cur68 - Dec 5, 2011 at 10:48 PM

        Now if only Joe Madden would get fired and take over McCarver’s job…

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 5, 2011 at 11:03 PM

    Would Tito be allowed to call AGon out as a whiny biatch during a sunday night game? After all, the inherent unfairness of Boston having to play night games is the REAL reason they didn’t win it all in 2011.

    #STFUandplay

  3. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Dec 5, 2011 at 11:22 PM

    Should be easier on his knees.

    • bozosforall - Dec 6, 2011 at 10:42 AM

      And his mouth.

  4. havlicekstoletheball - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:52 AM

    Francona will do fine on the SNB broadcasts. At least we won’t have to sit through Joe Morgan and John Miller swapping spit. They were unbearable.

    Now, if only there was a way to get McCarver off Fox Sports. But then again, I could get rich inventing a remote with a Tim McCarver mute button….

  5. rambodiaz - Dec 6, 2011 at 8:13 AM

    Whoa… this is a nice way to wake up.

    I may even start watching Baseball Tonight again.

  6. bozosforall - Dec 6, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Win-Win situation

    SNB gets a much better analyst while the Yankees get to face a grossly overrated manager every time they play the Red Sux next season.

  7. foreverchipper10 - Dec 6, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    What were you doing watching that game last night? Pure awfulness.

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