Even while he’s simply enjoying himself at the beach, David Ortiz has constantly been talked about this Spring Training. He’s once again making the news as Red Sox president Sam Kennedy used part of a Boston Herald interview to say the retired slugger might make his way to the NESN broadcast booth during the 2017 season.
“It’ll be fun to watch the next stage of his career,” Kennedy said. “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 if he wanted to dip his toe into that water.”
The suggestion that he might be willing to join the broadcasting team isn’t coming out of thin air as he met with front office executives back in January about the possibility. It’s worth noting that this wouldn’t be Big Papi’s first venture into broadcasting as he’s been a part of Fox’s postseason broadcasts in previous years, the last time being in 2014.
Of course, he also wouldn’t be the first member of the Red Sox organization to go into the field. Kevin Millar, for instance, used his playing days as a way into a very successful career with the MLB Network. Pedro Martinez has also done the same with TBS.
Since the Red Sox are only talking about having him join broadcasts on a part time basis, it seems like June 23 might be the day to do have him start since the organization is already retiring his number then.