Turner Sports is continuing a revamp of its long-maligned MLB studio team.
Former Red Sox P Pedro Martinez has joined Turner Sports as a studio analyst for the network’s MLB playoff coverage, The Boston Globe reported Friday. Martinez will work alongside new studio host Keith Olbermann.
Another potential addition to the studio team is former ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine. The former Red Sox and Mets manager has already auditioned for TBS and is “expected to join” the studio team.
As noted by the Globe, Valentine’s addition would be “particularly awkward.” On his ESPN2 talk show, Olbermann has named Valentine his “Worst Person in the (Sports) World” on each of the past two nights. While the segment is often tongue-in-cheek, Olbermann has been quite serious in his condemnation of Valentine, who recently made controversial comments about the Yankees’ role in New York’s 9/11 recovery.
Olbermann even directed a pointed “shame on you” to Valentine on Wednesday.
TBS MLB analyst Dennis Eckersley was originally slated to work in the studio alongside Olbermann, but the Globe reports that he will instead work a Division Series with Don Orsillo. Eckersley’s former studio colleague Cal Ripken Jr. has also left for the broadcast booth, and will work alongside Ernie Johnson Jr. and Ron Darling on the lead TBS team.
As previously reported on this site, David Wells — the other analyst on last year’s studio team — has left TBS.
(Fri. news from The Boston Globe)