Former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona has accepted a job with ESPN and will join Dan Shulman and Orel Hershiser in the broadcast booth on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball for the 2012 season.
Francona replaces Bobby Valentine who, of course, is now at the helm of the Red Sox.
It makes you wonder why the Red Sox just didn’t trade Tito to ESPN for Bobby V.
Believe it or not, it wouldn’t have been the first time a manager and broadcaster have switched places. Early in the 1960 season, the Chicago Cubs moved manager Charlie Grimm into the broadcast booth in while broadcaster Lou Boudreau became the Cubs skipper. How did it work out? The following year, Grimm went back to the dugout while Boudreau returned to the booth.