New England Sports Network, New England?s most-watched sports network, is welcoming another Hall of Famer to its family.
Baseball writer and longtime ESPN and Boston Globe baseball analyst/reporter Peter Gammons has agreed to a multiyear deal to join NESN as a regular studio analyst, reporter and online contributor.
“This is a great day for our fans,” said Sean McGrail, NESN president and CEO. “Peter is the most respected and relied upon baseball journalist in the country. Peter brings to our baseball coverage a depth of knowledge and experience unmatched in the industry. Joining Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley and Jim Rice, we are proud to add Peter to our studio and online coverage of Red Sox baseball.”
Gammons will serve as a NESN studio analyst and reporter for over 50 of the network?s hour-long pregame and postgame shows and as co-host of Red Sox Hot Stove and Red Sox Spring Break LIVE. He also will make regular contributions to NESN.com.
“I?m a New Englander who wanted to be Jackie Jensen,” Gammons said. “I started out at the Boston Globe and wrote about Jerry Remy when he was at Somerset High School. I was lucky enough to be there for the Munson–Fisk fight in 1973 and The Sixth Game and the ’78 playoff, and when my local cable company wouldn?t put NESN on our system I signed the override petitions.
“NESN has given me the opportunity to come back to my roots and once again be part of my neighborhood, and I am truly excited about it. During the 2007 World Series, Matt Holliday said that what differentiated Fenway Park from any other stadium is that fans don?t react, they anticipated, and that creates a tension unlike any other audience in sports. It is a great feeling to be back with that audience.”
Gammons, 64, will work for MLB Network and MLB.com as well. He will be an on-air analyst for MLB Network programming and a regularly featured writer on MLB.com.
The veteran journalist began his career as a reporter in 1969 with the Globe, worked for Sports Illustrated and spent the last 20 years covering baseball for ESPN. He received the 2004 J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner for outstanding baseball writing and was honored during the 2005 Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony.