The Eck, Dennis Eckersley, signs multi-year extension with TBS

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It's official...the best head of hair in the baseball world will be getting more air time over the new few years as both an analyst for TBS and NESN. Eckersley will continue to be one of the best and most candid voices over at NESN, and should be joined by somebody that NESN officials have been privately saying will make a splash in Boston.

I've heard the name Sean Casey associated with NESN now that he's doing TV work for MLB TV, so stay tuned on that one. They need to find a big name for the talented Lou Merloni, who brought his all-around, utility Lou TV talent to Comcast Sportsnet, which is coming off a great week of Sox coverage at Fort Myers.

Here's the release:

TBS announced today that they have signed MLB Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley to a multi-year extension to serve as an analyst for the network’s exclusive coverage of the MLB All-Star Selection Show and the MLB Postseason, including the League Division Series (LDS) and the League Championship Series (LCS). 

Eckersley will also appear as a game analyst for select Sunday MLB on TBS regular season match-ups.  A six-time MLB All-Star, Eckersley provided his unique brand of analysis to the Inside MLB studio show alongside two-time Emmy® Award-winning studio host Ernie Johnson during the 2008 MLB Postseason.

Eckersley will appear in studio for TBS’ exclusive coverage of the 2009 MLB All-Star Selection Show, the 2009 American and National League Division Series (ALDS & NLDS) and the 2009 National League Championship Series (NLCS).  He will also serve as a game analyst for select TBS’ regular season telecasts.

“We are very excited to continue our relationship with Dennis as one of our studio analysts,” said Jeff Behnke, SVP and executive producer for Turner Sports. “We look forward to his distinctive style of breaking down the game and providing fans across the country with his unique perspective and personality.”

“I'm thrilled to return to TBS for their MLB coverage,” said Eckersley. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time with them this past season.  The show is a great fit with my personality and I'm looking forward to the start of the MLB season.”

Eckersley, the 1992 AL Cy Young award and MVP winner, 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, winning the World Series with the Oakland Athletics in 1989.  Eckersley also serves as a studio analyst for Red Sox games on New England Sports Network (NESN).

Turner Sports, a division of Turner Broadcasting, Inc., presents some of the best and most popular sporting events worldwide and is a leader in televised and online sports programming.  With events airing on TBS and TNT, Turner Sports’ line-up includes NASCAR and NASCAR.COM, the NBA, Major League Baseball, professional golf, and  Turner Sports also operates NBA Digital, which includes NBA TV,, NBA League Pass, and 

TBS, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is television’s top-rated comedy network.  It serves as home to such original comedy series as My Boys, The Bill Engvall Show, Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, 10 Items or Less and Frank TV; hot contemporary comedies like The Office, Sex and the City, Everybody Loves Raymond, Family Guy, King of Queens, Seinfeld and Friends, with My Name Is Earl joining the line-up in 2008; specials and special events, such as Funniest Commercials of the Year and The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas; blockbuster movies; and hosted movie showcases.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

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