April 3, 2014 — NESN, New England’s most watched sports network, announced today that former Red Sox player Steve Lyons (@SteveLyons12) will join the network as a Red Sox studio analyst.
Lyons joins Baseball Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley and Jim Rice, along with Red Sox legend Tim Wakefield, as studio analysts on NESN’s Red Sox pre- and postgame shows, plus “NESN Sports Today” and other original programming.
Lyons’ first appearance on NESN will be on Friday, April 4, during NESN’s two-and-a-half-hour Red Sox home opener pregame coverage, beginning at 11:30 am. He’ll join studio host Tom Caron, Eckersley, Rice and Wakefield before the Red Sox take on the Brewers at Fenway Park.
“We are thrilled to have Steve join our team of veteran studio analysts,” said Joseph Maar, NESN’s vice president of programming & production, executive producer. “He brings incredible passion, experience, candor and depth of knowledge about Major League Baseball along with a familiarity with Boston as both a player and a broadcaster.”
Lyons played nine seasons in the major leagues with four different teams, including four stints in Boston. He also is a three-time national Emmy Award-winning broadcaster.
Drafted in the first round by the Red Sox in 1981 out of Oregon State, Lyons made his MLB debut in April of 1985 and was voted that season’s 10th Player Award winner by Red Sox fans. He is one of only three players to play all nine positions in one game at the major league level. He finished his career where he started it, playing for the Red Sox at Fenway Park in October of 1993.
Lyons began his broadcasting career in 1996 with FOX Sports and has worked for both the FOX national and regional networks as a game analyst, studio analyst and studio host. A versatile broadcaster, Lyons also has hosted his own interview show, a sports show for kids and for two seasons was the host of the “This Week in Baseball.” During his 11 years on FOX’s national broadcast, he worked the pre- and postgame shows for the Divisional Series, Championship Series and World Series. He just finished a nine-year affiliation with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a pre- and postgame host and game announcer.
NESN has consistently been one of the top-rated regional sports networks in the country with award-winning Red Sox and Bruins coverage. Celebrating 30 years in 2014, the network is delivered to over 4 million homes throughout the six-state New England region and an additional 5 million homes nationally as NESN National. Forbes Magazine recently ranked NESN as the 8th Most Valuable Sports Business Brand in the world. NESN.com is the most visited regional sports network website in the country. NESN also produces a number of distinctive programs under its umbrella Original NESN Entertainment (ONE). NESN’s social responsibility program, NESN Connects, is proud to support and connect its employees with charitable organizations in our communities (NESN.com/Connects). NESN is owned by Fenway Sports Group (owners of the Boston Red Sox) and Delaware North (owners of the Boston Bruins).