After four months of relentless fallout and scrutiny from the media and the fans in Boston since the abrupt dismissal of play-by-play man Don Orsillo, the Red Sox may have found the replacement for his successor’s vacancy on radio, according to a report from Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald.
With longtime Red Sox radio announcer Dave O’Brien moving over to television to replace Orsillo, a major void was left unfilled in the WEEI booth since Joe Castiglione was the sole voice signed for the 2016 season. The situation may change as early as next week if New Hampshire native Tim Neverett accepts the team’s offer to become Castiglione’s partner on radio.
Neverett, 49, a graduate of Emerson College, spent the past seven seasons as a play-by-play voice for the Pittsburgh Pirates, alternating select games on TV and radio. Prior to joining the Pirates, Neverett served as a pre- and post-game host for the Colorado Rockies and covered college sports for FOX Sports Rocky Mountain. Neverett initially broke into professional baseball as one of the youngest broadcasters in the history of the sport, calling select games as a 19-year-old for the Nashua Pirates, the precursor to the Harrisburg Senators.
Neverett has yet to accept the position in the Red Sox booth, although he met with team officials earlier this week according to the report in the Boston Herald. The Red Sox are currently in the midst of a 10-year, $200-million dollar radio contract with WEEI, which they intend to renegotiate this winter after reportedly losing $17 million per season since signing the deal. Assuming Neverett accepts the club’s offer, his deal will likely be tied into the new agreement with WEEI and ensure stability in the booth for seasons to come.