According to multiple reports, NESN has re-signed Jerry Remy, who will return as the color commentary analyst for the network. Per MLB.com's Red Sox beat reporter Ian Browne, the extension is for multiple years and Remy will be working 115 games.
I have mixed emotions about Remy returning to the booth. I grew up listening to Remy and appreciate all he has done for the organization. All of Red Sox fans have noticed a drop in his effectiveness, yet he had an extremely solid year last season. He regained some spunk and seemed much more engaged in each and every game he worked on.
However, after the situation that happened with his son, I was extremely turned off from the Rem Dog. I have been in favor of letting Remy go since the team fired Don Orsillo prior to last season. Remy has had a difficult time adjusting to life with new play-by-play man Dave O'Brien, who also had a difficult first season in the booth.
I always believed a solid replacement for Remy would be former Red Sox infielder and WEEI's Lou Merloni. Merloni has had limited experience in the NESN booth, but has worked a few games for NESN in the past couple of seasons. Another solid replacement would be Dennis Eckersley, but Eck has made it be known he is not looking for a full-time gig in his retirement years.
At times last season, Remy and O'Brien were unlistenable, but here is to hoping this upcoming season gives us a few more laughs and better insightful analysis.