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Dennis Eckersley To Retire At End of Major League Baseball Season

August 10, 2022

After 50 years in Major League Baseball — 24 years playing, 26 broadcasting — former Boston Red Sox pitcher and current NESN broadcaster Dennis Eckersley is retiring at the end of the year. 

Eckersley played for the Red Sox from 1978 to 1984;  the final year of his career in 1998. He was signed by NESN in 2003.

“After 50 years in Major League Baseball, I am excited about this next chapter of my life,” Eckersley said. “I will continue to be an ambassador for the club and a proud member of Red Sox Nation while transitioning to life after baseball alongside my wife Jennifer, my children, and my grandchildren.”

Eckersley was famous in the booth for his “Eck-isms,” expressions that he used to describe aspects of baseball.

A few favorites:


  • Cheese – an average fastball. Use in sentence: “That pitcher is not to proud of his cheese.”
  • Johnson – a home run. Use in sentence: “He just hit a three-run johnson.”
  • Dottage/Dotted – a pinpoint fastball, usually on the corner. Use in sentence: “That’s dottage; he dotted that fastball.”
  • Pair of shoes – a called strike three. Use in sentence:  “He left him a pair of shoes.”


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