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Red Sox hire Matt Stairs as television analyst

Jan 30, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

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Matt Stairs, who retired in August after being released by the Nationals in his 19th big-league season, has already found a new gig as a part-time television analyst for the Red Sox’s local broadcasts.

Stairs will serve as a studio analyst for NESN, which also hired Jenny Dell away from ESPN.com to replace Heidi Watney as their sideline reporter.

Stairs is from Canada, but the Red Sox are one of the 12 teams he played for–albeit for just 39 games in 1995–and Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe notes that the 43-year-old has been coaching high school baseball in Maine.

“Swing really hard.” – what I imagine him telling every single hitter every single day.

  1. cur68 - Jan 30, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    The Sox would do well hiring Matt as a bench bat, never mind analyst. I got July for when the Boston media start calling for him getting a shot at playing.

    PS: That should read “Matt Stairs, pride of Saint John, New Brunswick” not just “born in Canada”, Aaron. That man’s pure Beaver Wrangler, born and bred.

    • Old Gator - Jan 30, 2012 at 4:16 PM

      Whenmattstairswasking is going to be beside himself with ecstasy over this. He’s waited such a long time.

      • stex52 - Jan 30, 2012 at 4:47 PM

        By the way, what is supposed to happen when Matt Stairs is king? I have always wanted to ask, but it’s never come up in the context of a thread before. Anyone know?

      • wlschneider09 - Jan 30, 2012 at 4:49 PM

        Canadian pinch hitters drink for free?

      • cur68 - Jan 30, 2012 at 4:51 PM

        I for one hope that there will be a beaver in every igloo by royal decree.

      • missthemexpos - Jan 30, 2012 at 4:56 PM

        Outdoor hockey in all baseball parks during the winter, where possible.

      • stex52 - Jan 30, 2012 at 5:01 PM

        I’d go for a “fresh beaver” joke, but I’m still happily married. My igloo doesn’t need that kind of trouble.

      • cur68 - Jan 30, 2012 at 5:43 PM

        You got igloos in Texas? And here I thought you guys weren’t civilized. How do the sled dogs cope with the heat?

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 30, 2012 at 4:16 PM

      A great hire by Boston. The Red Sox have a lot of fans in the Maritime Provinces. Now if NESN would only get rid of Remy.

      • baseballisboring - Jan 30, 2012 at 9:59 PM

        Blasphemy.

  2. atxjustin - Jan 30, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Sad to see Heidi go. She was by far the best part of watching any Red Sox game last September.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 30, 2012 at 4:18 PM

      By the way Sox fans, Hazel Mae is back working in Toronto.

  3. Utley's Hair - Jan 30, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    That pic should have him wearing Phightins road grays, launching a moon shot off Jonathan Broxton.

  4. cshearing - Jan 30, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Good for Stairs. I hope he excels at it.

  5. missthemexpos - Jan 30, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Now NESN has the Bruins games also, so if ever there would be the perfect analyst to cover both hockey and baseball, Matt Stairs goes to the front of the line.

  6. patpatriot7 - Jan 30, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Good luck Matt. He could probably do baseball AND hockey

  7. randygnyc - Jan 30, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Huh, Heidi is gone? Where did she go. I HATE the red soxl. She was the red sox/nesn only redeeming quality. Beautiful woman.

    • jwbiii - Jan 30, 2012 at 6:50 PM

      Sideline reporter for the Lakers.

  8. hushbrother - Jan 30, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Replacing Heidi Watney with Matt Stairs is like replacing a Ferrari F40 with a broken down golf cart.

  9. pisano - Jan 31, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    Wouldn’t that have been a good job for Varitek? I know they carried him the last couple of years, but he was a good soldier for them and this would have kept him close to the team and the fans.

    • Joe - Jan 31, 2012 at 7:22 AM

      Varitek’s not the most eloquent speaker going.

  10. Joe - Jan 31, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    I know Stairs was coaching HS hockey in Bangor, but I don’t think there’s been any HS baseball up here since he retired.

    Unless you’ve got a strong preference for blondes, I don’t think Jenny will disappoint. She’s smoking hot.

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