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Red Sox hire Matt Stairs as television analyst

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 03: Matt Stairs #24 of the Washington Nationals in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park on April 3, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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Matt Stairs, who retired in August after being released by the Nationals in his 19th big-league season, has already found a new gig as a part-time television analyst for the Red Sox’s local broadcasts.

Stairs will serve as a studio analyst for NESN, which also hired Jenny Dell away from to replace Heidi Watney as their sideline reporter.

Stairs is from Canada, but the Red Sox are one of the 12 teams he played for--albeit for just 39 games in 1995--and Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe notes that the 43-year-old has been coaching high school baseball in Maine.

“Swing really hard.” - what I imagine him telling every single hitter every single day.