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ESPN hires Terry Francona to replace Bobby Valentine

The former Red Sox manager was hired by ESPN yesterday and will join Dan Shulman and Orel Hershiser in the booth for “Sunday Night Baseball.’’

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The former Red Sox manager was hired by ESPN yesterday and will join Dan Shulman and Orel Hershiser in the booth for “Sunday Night Baseball.’’

DALLAS - In the end, Terry Francona switched jobs with Bobby Valentine.

The former Red Sox manager was hired by ESPN yesterday and will join Dan Shulman and Orel Hershiser in the booth for “Sunday Night Baseball.’’ That was the position Valentine held for two years before he replaced Francona as manager of the Red Sox.

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Francona also will provide analysis for “Baseball Tonight,’’ among other news and information shows, and ESPN’s coverage of the Little League World Series.

A television neophyte, Francona impressed during a two-game stint for Fox during the American League Championship Series in October. He was in the running to become manager of the Cardinals before the job went to Mike Matheny.

Francona has since said he hopes to manage again but was open to working in television. With Valentine leaving ESPN for the Red Sox, a job opened.

“I’m excited to join ESPN and to be able to talk about my passion for baseball with fans who love the game as much as me,’’ said Francona. “In some ways, I’ll be a rookie all over again, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.’’

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