Dec 5, 2011, 10:36 PM EST
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.
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