After Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe broke the news yesterday on Twitter and it being followed by several New England outlets reporting the development, NESN finally made it official today with a press release announcing that Don Orsillo has signed a four year contract, remaining as Red Sox TV voice through the 2015 season. Both Turner Sports and MLB Network made a concerted effort to sign Orsillo to be their lead announcer, however, Orsillo remained where he’s been the Red Sox voice since 2001. He and Jerry Remy have formed a very popular team among Red Sox Nation.
Under the new contract, Orsillo will continue to call the MLB Postseason on TBS when his Red Sox duties are done for the regular season.
Here’s the official NESN press release.
BOSTON, MA – NESN, New England’s most watched sports network, announced today that Don Orsillo has agreed to a multi-year contract extension that will keep the popular Red Sox play-by-play voice with the network through the 2015 season. Orsillo has served as NESN’s Boston Red Sox play-by-play announcer since 2001, calling over 1,400 regular season games on NESN.
“Don is one of the pre-eminent play-by-play announcers in the league and one of the reasons NESN’s Red Sox broadcast is considered among the best in business,” said Sean McGrail, NESN’s President and CEO. “He brings passion and meticulous preparation to his work every night, along with a sense of humor that has endeared him to Red Sox Nation.”
Orsillo has raised his national profile by serving as a play-by-play announcer for TBS during the network’s MLB playoff coverage for the past 5 seasons. In addition to his play-by-play duties on NESN, Orsillo is also hosting Red Sox Hot Stove LIVE this off-season which airs Tuesdays at 6:00 PM.
Orsillo, a native New Englander, will continue to live in northern Rhode Island.