I did this story at Fang’s Bites yesterday, but it’s worthy of a mention here.

NESN’s Dennis Eckersley has been tapped by TBS do work the All-Star Game Selection Show this Sunday. He’ll work alongside host Ernie Johson, fellow Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., and Harold Reynolds, formerly of ESPN.

This is the press release from MLB.com:

TBS announced today the addition of two-time All-Star Harold Reynolds and six-time All-Star and 2004 Hall of Fame inductee Dennis Eckersley to its studio team for the network’s exclusive coverage of the MLB All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Chevy at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 6. Reynolds and Eckersley will join TBS studio host and two-time Emmy® award-winner Ernie Johnson and TBS MLB studio analyst Cal Ripken, a 19-time All-Star, two-time All-Star Game MVP (1991, 2001) and 2007 Hall of Fame inductee. Immediately following the show TBS will air the Chicago Cubs @ St. Louis Cardinals at 3 p.m. ET, with Chip Caray (play-by-play) and Buck Martinez (analyst) calling the action.

“We are excited to add analysts to our studio show with the on-air credentials and on-field experience of the caliber of Harold and Dennis,” said Jeff Behnke, SVP and executive producer for Turner Sports. “We look forward to providing their insights and opinions as fans and players around the country learn who will be representing their teams in the 2008 MLB All-Star Game.”

During the telecast, TBS will exclusively reveal the All-Star Game starters elected by fan voting, as well as the player selections and manager picks to round out this year’s AL and NL squads. Throughout the hour-long telecast Reynolds, Eckersley and Ripken will provide in-depth review and analysis.

Reynolds, who currently serves as a baseball commentator for MLB.com and an analyst for SportsNet New York (SNY), played 12-seasons in the Major Leagues, spending time with the Seattle Mariners (1983-92), Baltimore Orioles (1993) and California Angels (1994). Along with his two All-Star appearances (1987 & 1988), Reynolds won three Gold Gloves (1988 – 1990), led the American League in steals with 60 in 1987 and received MLB’s Roberto Clemente Award (1991) for his community service work. Reynolds previously served as a studio analyst on ESPN’s Emmy® award-winning Baseball Tonight.

Eckersley currently serves as a studio analyst for select Boston Red Sox games on New England Sports Network (NESN). The AL 1992 Cy Young award and MVP winner, Eckersley enjoyed success as both a starter and reliever and is one of only two pitchers to have both a 20-win season (1978) and a 50-save season (1992) in a career. Affectionately known as “Eck,” the pitcher played 24 years in the big leagues for the Cleveland Indians (1975-77), Boston Red Sox (1978-84, 1998), Chicago Cubs (1984 – 86), Oakland Athletics (1987-95) and St. Louis Cardinals (1996-97), winning a World Series championship with the A’s in 1989.

TBS is the exclusive home of all four MLB Division Series as well as the 2008 American League Championship Series. This season the network launched Sunday MLB on TBS, featuring 26 consecutive Sunday afternoon match ups with Chip Caray providing play-by play, alongside analysts Ron Darling and Buck Martinez throughout the season.

Because of his candor in the NESN studio, Eck has become one of the most popular media personalities in the area based on the BSMW Approval Ratings.

Not only does this make TBS stronger in the studio, but it also gives the network a team that could rival or even surpass ESPN’s Baseball Tonight during the playoffs.

3 thoughts on “The Eck Goes National

  1. “…it also gives the network a team that could rival or even surpass ESPN’s Baseball Tonight during the playoffs.”

    Could rival? Could??

    No question between the additions of Eck and Reynolds (combined with an effective studio host like Ernie Johnson Jr.) TBS will be the network to watch in the postseason. And if the Sox make the postseason they’ll be the network to watch. Now if they could just do something about the game broadcasters, that third-generation Caray guy has got to go.


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