ESPN keeps Gammons in the lineup


NEW YORK -- ESPN said Tuesday that it has reached a multiyear extension with Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons.

Gammons has been a studio analyst for ESPN and "Baseball Tonight" -- and more recently a columnist for -- since 1988. Last season, he joined the "Sunday Night Baseball" telecast, a role he will continue under the new accord. He'll also continue to work on "Baseball Tonight" and write his column.

Gammons was off the air and in the hospital for several weeks after he suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm in June. He returned to the air in September and, in a statement released Tuesday, praised ESPN for "the humane way I was treated when I was sick last summer."

Gammons, 61, received the 2004 J.G. Taylor Spink Award for writing from the Baseball Writers Assn. of America and entered the Hall of Fame a year later. He started his career at the Boston Globe and has also worked at Sports Illustrated.

ESPN also said Tuesday that it has reupped with Orestes Destrade for a multiyear agreement as a contributor to "Baseball Tonight." The former Yankees player -- fluent in English, Spanish and Japanese -- also will be an analyst for ESPN Radio's baseball coverage and ESPN's Little League World Series telecasts.