Dennis Eckersley Gives Advice to Younger Broadcasters, Says to Not ‘Be Afraid’

Dennis Eckersley is retiring at the end of the 2022 season, leaving the Boston Red Sox broadcast booth permanently in just a few days.

Before he signs off, he had some advice for the next generation of broadcasters.

Will Middlebrooks, former Red Sox third baseman asked for his recommendations of how to handle the transition from playing to commenting on the game. And according to Awful Announcing, Eckersley said you can’t be afraid to tell the truth:

“Not being afraid to say what needs to be said,” Eckersley answered. “That’s probably one of the hardest things to do coming out of the dugout. Once you leave the dugout, you’re not in the dugout anymore. Players have a hard time with it, because this game is not easy and then we get up here and it looks a lot easier up here.”

He continued: “Be who you are and it’s scary because if you are who you are, you can’t be afraid to be who you are. Sometimes you feel a little naked up here because, I don’t know, it’s falling off a cliff sometimes. Because you never know, it’s live.”

Eckersley also said the nerves you can get around a live broadcast are similar to when you’re actively playing and preparing each day.

BOSTON – AUGUST 3: NESN announcer and former Red Sox pitcher Dennis Eckersley, left, stands for the national anthem with Dave O’Brien in the announcers booth. The Boston Red Sox host the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park in Boston on Aug. 3, 2017. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Eckersley Was Named To The Baseball Hall Of Fame In 2004

Broadcasting is certainly a different challenge than actively competing against some of the world’s finest athletes. But it does require skills that not everyone possesses. Apple TV+ baseball broadcasts are proof of that.

The advice to be yourself and not be scared to say what needs to be said is certainly valid and useful advice. Especially for those who will be the next generation of baseball broadcasters.

But it also requires a feel for the moment, the ability to make instant decisions on word choice and tone, as well as creativity.

Eckersley is one of the great ones. And hopefully his advice will help create more like him.

Written by Ian Miller

Ian Miller is a former award watching high school actor, ice cream expert and long suffering Dodgers fan. He spends most of his time golfing, eating as much pizza as humanly possible, reading about World War I history, and trying to get the remote back from his dog. Follow him on Twitter.

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