Terry Francona Joins ESPN

Terry Francona joins ESPN as baseball analyst

By HOWARD ULMAN
AP Sports Writer
      BOSTON (AP) – When he left the Boston Red Sox, Terry Francona
said the players needed to hear from a new voice.
      ESPN thinks Francona's voice will be an excellent fit for its
baseball coverage.
      The network has hired Francona to replace analyst Bobby
Valentine, who is Boston's new manager.
      In a conference call on Tuesday, Francona described the switch
as a win-win situation for the team and the network. He also said
he'll probably sleep better than Valentine.
      Francona and the Red Sox parted ways after the regular season
ended without a playoff berth. The Red Sox went 7-20 in September,
but Francona made it to the postseason anyway as an announcer on
Fox for the first two games of the AL championship series. He
replaced Tim McCarver, who had a minor heart-related procedure.

      
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