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Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley said Monday he will leave Boston Red Sox broadcasting at the end of his 50th season in Major League Baseball.
Drafted by Cleveland as a California high schooler in 1972, Eckersley went on to pitch 24 seasons as a 20-win starter and 50-save catcher for Cleveland, Boston, Cubs, Oakland and Cardinals. He won the AL Cy Young and MVP awards in 1992 while playing for the Athletics.
He joined NESN in 2003 and stands out for his outspoken and colorful analysis on Red Sox broadcasts.
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“After 50 years in Major League Baseball, I am excited about this next chapter of my life,” Eckersley said. “I will continue to be an ambassador for the club and a proud member of Red Sox Nation, transitioning to life after baseball with my wife Jennifer, my children and my grandchildren.”
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Eckersley, 67, was a six-time All-Star who went 197-171 with a 3.50 ERA in a career in which he pitched 100 complete games as a starter before starting a role as a one-inning closer and 390 saves.