Dennis Eckersley Announces He Will Retire As Red Sox Color Commentator At The End Of The Season

Dennis Eckersley announced that this will be his final season as the Red Sox color analyst with NESN.

Eckersley began his broadcasting career with NESN in 2003 as a studio analyst and later joined the broadcast booth in 2009.

Eckersley was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004 after pitching 24 seasons with five teams (Cleveland, Boston, Chicago Cubs, Oakland, and St. Louis), including two stints with the Red Sox (1978-84, 1998). He won both the American League MVP and Cy Young Award in 1992, becoming just the second relief pitcher to win both in the same year.

“After 50 years in Major League Baseball, I am excited about this next chapter of my life,” Eckersley said.
“I will continue to be an ambassador for the club and a proud member of Red Sox Nation while transitioning to life after baseball alongside my wife Jennifer, my children and my grandchildren. I’m forever grateful to NESN, the Red Sox, my family and the fans for supporting me throughout my career and through this decision and I look forward to remaining engaged with the team in a variety of capacities for years to come.”

“We are fortunate that Dennis has been a part of our Red Sox coverage on NESN for 20 years. His unbridled passion, nuanced insights and Eck humor will be dearly missed and we are thankful for his many contributions to NESN,” said Sean McGrail, NESN President & CEO. “We wish him the best as he embarks on this next chapter of his life as a grandfather, father, husband and member of Red Sox Nation.”

It will be sad to see Eck go. Even when things are not going the Red Sox way, Eck finds a way to keep the game entertaining.

Eckersley’s last broadcast will be on Oct. 5.