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Francona speaks as new voice at ESPN

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  December 6, 2011 05:40 PM

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DALLAS - Terry Francona held a conference call this afternoon to talk about his new deal as an analyst for ESPN's Baseball Tonight and Sunday Night Baseball.

He addressed a few topics:

What happened in Boston? As the manager youíre responsible. Thatís how I felt. Iíll always feel that way. When things donít get properly, the guy in charge has to take the responsibility."

How transparent can he be calling Red Sox games? "I would hate to give an opinion on a team or person and not tell the truth because I wouldnít be doing my job very well. I think itís my personality to be respectful and also honest. I have no problem watching the game and telling the truth."

What's the difference between watching baseball as a manager and as an analyst? "I get to watch all 30 teams now. Itís what I enjoy. Youíre not just desperately trying to win your game that night. Youíre following a lot of teams and watching what theyíre doing, not just with a team or two youíre going to play down the road. ... I donít think you can actually manage a game from the booth; youíre privy to so many things from the dugout that people from outside the dugout arenít."

On replacing Bobby Valentine: "Well, the one thing I knew well is Iíll probably sleep better than Bobby. From where I was last year, I probably needed to step back. This was a very refreshing way to step back. I love baseball and I enjoy people and Iím very excited about this new challenge, as I assume Bobby is excited for his new challenge. Itís probably win-win for everybody and thatís how it should be."

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