With Dave O’Brien heading to NESN, the Red Sox need to fill the void on radio. It looks like they are targeting Tim Neverett, current voice of the Pirates.
In addition to the heartache of another losing season in 2015, Red Sox fans in the New England area also had to deal with their beloved play-by-play man Don Orsillo moving on from the Sox’ flagship television NESN. Orsillo spent 15 years bringing the ups and downs of the Red Sox into New England homes. He has now been hired by the Padres to broadcast their games.
Filling the void he left on NESN is now Dave O’Brien, long time ESPN announcer and the voice of the Red Sox on the radio with partner Joe Castiglione since 2007. The chemistry between O’Brien and Castiglione was palpable, but the domino effect has now created an opening on the WEEI and the Red Sox Radio Network.
On Friday, the Boston Herald’s Steve Buckley wrote an article on how sources have told him that they have targeted current Pirates play-by-play man Tim Neverett. Neverett has local ties growing up in Nashua, NH and graduating from Emerson College. Neverett has been with the Pirates organization for quite some time now, broadcasting for one of their farm teams at 19 years old. He is now 44 years old.
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Buckley stressed that the job has not been accepted and that Neverett has not commented on the situation at all, but that he could confirm that Neverett was in Boston last week to meet with all of the associated parties.
The Boston Globe’s Chad Finn wrote a piece in which he listed a number of candidates that were possibilities due to their New England roots including The Rangers’ Dave Raymond and the Orioles’ Gary Thorne. Finn also notes that New England native, former Sox utility man and current WEEI host Lou Merloni has decided not to pursue the position to remain on the mid-days in Boston. Apparently Neverett is now their man though, if Buckley’s sources are correct. The Red Sox and WEEI had hoped to have the slot filled by Thanksgiving, but obviously things have developed a little slower than expected. One would think we are only a few days away from an announcement with the holidays and New Year approaching. Stay tuned.