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Steve Lyons joins NESN as Red Sox studio analyst

Former Red Sox infielder Steve Lyons is joining NESN as a Red Sox studio analyst, the network announced Thursday. Lyons’ first appearance will be during NESN’s two-and-a-half hour pregame show prior to Fenway Park’s Opening Day on Friday.

“We are thrilled to have Steve join our team of veteran studio analysts,” NESN’s vice president of programming and production Joseph Maar said. “He brings incredible passion, experience, candor and depth of knowledge about Major League Baseball along with a familiarity with Boston as both a player and a broadcaster.”

Lyons played nine seasons in the major leagues with four different teams including four stints in Boston and is a three-time national Emmy award-winning broadcaster. Drafted in the first round by the Red Sox in 1981 out of Oregon State, he is one of only three players to play all nine positions in one game at the major league level.

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Former Red Sox infielder Steve Lyons is joining NESN as a Red Sox studio analyst, the network announced Thursday. Lyons’ first appearance will be during NESN’s two-and-a-half hour pregame show prior to Fenway Park’s Opening Day on Friday.

“We are thrilled to have Steve join our team of veteran studio analysts,” NESN’s vice president of programming and production Joseph Maar said. “He brings incredible passion, experience, candor and depth of knowledge about Major League Baseball along with a familiarity with Boston as both a player and a broadcaster.”

Lyons played nine seasons in the major leagues with four different teams including four stints in Boston and is a three-time national Emmy award-winning broadcaster. Drafted in the first round by the Red Sox in 1981 out of Oregon State, he is one of only three players to play all nine positions in one game at the major league level.

There was also this infamous incident.

Lyons began his broadcasting career in 1996 with Fox sports and has worked for both the Fox national and regional networks as a game analyst, studio analyst and studio host. He made headlines in 2006 when the national network fired him for what were perceived to be insensitive comments directed at colleague Lou Piniella's Hispanic heritage on the air during Game 3 of the American League Championship Series.

Piniella had made an analogy involving the luck of finding a wallet, then briefly used a couple of Spanish phrases during [the] broadcast.

Lyons said that Piniella was "hablaing Espanol" -- butchering the conjugation for the word "to speak" -- and added, "I still can't find my wallet."

"I don't understand him, and I don't want to sit too close to him now," Lyons continued.

Lyons just completed a nine-year affiliation with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a pre and post-game host and announcer.