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Peter Gammons jumps to MLB properties

December 8, 2009 |  7:23 pm

Gammons_240 Peter Gammons, a Hall of Fame baseball writer who spent the last 20 years at ESPN, is jumping to the rival MLB Network and as an online and on-air analyst.

In a release issued late Tuesday, Major League Baseball said that Gammons would serve as a signature writer for a new initiative at, writing commentary on breaking news and posting several other online articles each week. He will appear on the MLB Network's "Hot Stove" program, offering news and analysis on the 30 clubs, and will also serve as a regular analyst on "MLB Tonight," the cable network's signature nightly studio show.

Gammons began his career as a baseball journalist 40 years ago at the Boston Globe, where he pioneered such innovations as the Sunday national baseball column. In 2005, his peers with the Baseball Writers Assn.  of America honored Gammons by voting him into the writers' wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

-- Kevin Baxter in Indianapolis

Photo: Peter Gammons speaks about his career at a news conference in Cooperstown, N.Y in 2006. Credit: John Dunn / Associated Press.