Before the start of the 2014 season, former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster surprised folks by announcing a kinda-sorta retirement (he’s taking 2014 off, and it’s up in the air after that), forgoing the $13.25 million the Boston Red Sox owed him, and indicating there were family considerations at play.

But that didn’t mean Dempster wasn’t going to do¬†anything in baseball all year – it’s hard for these guys to stay away, which is pretty understandable. MLB Network just announced that Dempster is joining the network as an analyst.

Dempster’s debut? Naturally, it will come tomorrow at the Wrigley 100th Anniversary Game. From there, Dempster is expected to contribute on a variety of programs.

Hopefully Dempster takes well to his new role. He could still pitch after this season, but maybe this will be the first step in a long-term transition. Dempster certainly has the personality for TV.

  • Jim

    Over/Under for Harry Caray impressions?

  • GabeAthouse

    Please, please, please do not do the played-out Harry Caray impersonation

  • notcubbiewubbie

    good bye hope you move to new jersey.taillights adios whatever.

  • Funn Dave

    Wrigley anniversary + Dempster broadcasting debut = a very difficult decision regarding whether to show up for work tomorrow.

  • Patrick W.

    Very funny tweet:

    @mikeakaleroy: BREAKING: Ryan Dempster blindsided by reports he now works for MLB network.