Report: David Ortiz could join Red Sox broadcast team this season
The options seemingly are endless for David Ortiz as he considers myriad post-retirement options. And comments from Boston Red Sox president Sam Kennedy indicate Ortiz’s first job may be a role on the Boston Red Sox broadcast team.
Kennedy discussed the retired icon’s future during an interview this week on Boston Herald Radio. While nothing is set in stone, Kennedy, who previously praised Ortiz’s “charisma and energy,” believes Ortiz would be great in the role, albeit only in a limited capacity at the onset.
“It’ll be fun to watch the next stage of his career,” Kennedy said, via the Boston Herald. “He’s got a lot of different interests. Broadcasting is certainly one. It’d be interesting to see if he goes into national broadcasting. We’d certainly love to have him part of our local broadcast team on a limited basis. He wanted to dip his toe into that water.”
Ortiz without question has the personality and presence to make the transition into broadcasting. The fact he has experience with commentating certainly doesn’t hurt, either. Ortiz earned positive reviews for his work over the years on FOX’s postseason coverage, so it wouldn’t be a stretch to see him excel in a similar role with the Red Sox.
And it goes without saying Red Sox fans would love seeing the gregarious Ortiz on broadcasts.
As Kennedy noted, Ortiz isn’t interested in a full-time gig in broadcasting at this point. The Red Sox organization and the team’s broadcast partner NESN met with Ortiz in January to discuss a possible role for the retired slugger, so the interest appears mutual.
The Red Sox also have stated an interest in Ortiz joining the organization in perhaps some other role as well. Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said last week while the role “remains to be defined,” the organization want to keep Ortiz with the team in some capacity.
“We are talking to him frequently, and we expect he will have a role — which he will principally define, but that will be important,” Werner said.