By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

Bangor resident and Bangor High School assistant hockey coach Matt Stairs, who retired after a 19-year Major League Baseball career last year, will be a studio analyst for Boston Red Sox games on the New England Sports Network this season.

“I’m excited,” said the 43-year-old Stairs. “It’s a new chapter for me. I’m looking forward to it.”

Stairs will join Dennis Eckersley, Jim Rice and Peter Gammons as a studio analyst and he said he will be scheduled for “20-30 games” this season.

“After that, we’ll see what happens. We’ll see how the ratings go,” said Stairs, who will be paid by the game.

He noted that he may do up to 50-60 games if the other analysts aren’t available or if there are rain-outs and cancellations.

Lewiston’s Tom Caron is the studio host.

As an analyst, Stairs will be involved in the pre-game and post-game shows.

“It’ll be nice to be on this end of it,” said Stairs, who is looking forward to working with Caron and the other analysts. “As a player, you always had to watch what you said. You couldn’t always tell the truth. You had to sugarcoat things and be nice.

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