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ESPN Hires Terry Francona

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ESPN announced tonight that it is hiring Terry Francona in a multi-faceted role. The role will include Sunday Night Baseball games, as Francona will replace his replacement for the Red Sox' managerial job, Bobby Valentine.

Francona will join Dan Shulman and Orel Hershiser in the Sunday Night Baseball booth, replacing current Red Sox manager and former ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine. He will make his ESPN debut tonight, Dec. 5, on SportsCenter and Baseball Tonight from the Winter Meetings in Dallas.

Francona will also provide analysis for Baseball Tonight, among other news and information shows, and ESPN’s coverage of the Little League World Series. Additionally, he will be a featured guest on ESPN Radio’s national shows and contributor to ESPN.com and ESPNBoston.com.

This is great news on both ends, very happy with the Valentine for Francona swap!

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