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Roberts added to NESN roster

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  April 30, 2009 02:48 PM

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Dave Roberts's legs are already a part of Red Sox lore. Now fans will get to know his voice as well.

NESN announced today that Roberts, the former Red Sox outfielder and postseason hero, has joined the network to serve as a studio analyst. Roberts will join Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley and Jim Rice on NESN's pre- and post-game shows.

“We are thrilled to have Dave join our team of outstanding studio analysts,” said Joel Feld, NESN’s executive vice president of programming and executive producer. “Dave is an icon in Red Sox Nation. He has a deep knowledge of the game and understands the passion of Red Sox fans.”

Roberts will make his NESN debut this Monday from the new Yankee Stadium when the Red Sox play the Yankees. During the game, he will also join NESN’s Red Sox broadcast team of Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy in the booth for a couple of innings.

Forever known for his crucial, season-saving stolen base in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the 2004 American League Championship Series against the Yankees, Roberts recently retired after 10 years in the major leagues. He played for four other teams besides the Red Sox, compiling a .266 career batting average with 243 stolen bases.

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