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.
— MLB Network PR (@MLBNetworkPR) April 22, 2014
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.