Dennis Eckersley talks personal struggles and redemption in refreshingly honest MLB Network doc. – Yahoo Sports

Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley opens up like never before in “Eck: A Story of Saving,” a one-hour documentary that will premiere on MLB Network on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. ET.

For 43 years, Eckersley has been center stage in the world of baseball. Now he’s under a different spotlight, sharing stories of a baseball career filled with successes, failures, challenges and confrontations.

It’s a baseball career and a life story worthy of its own feature. We’re pleased the producers of the popular documentary style program “MLB Network Presents” agreed. They put Eckersley center stage at the Cabot Theater in Beverly, Mass and brought his incredible journey to life in a way that spotlights Eckersley in an entirely new light.

The result is an emotionally packed, highly spirited and refreshingly honest documentary that baseball fans can’t afford to miss. We were fortunate enough to be given an advanced screening of the program and here are a few highlights you can look forward to.

Young and hungry

The story begins with Eckersley’s quick ascension to baseball stardom and his harsh introduction to adversity. At just 20 years old, Eckersley debuted with the Cleveland Indians in 1975 and was on top of the world. He began his career with a remarkable 28-inning scoreless streak and rode that wave of success, which included a no-hitter in 1977, for three years before Cleveland surprisingly traded him to the Boston Red Sox.

At the same time, Eckersley was hit with the news that his wife was leaving him for close friend and teammate Rick Manning. In a moment of candor, Eckersley reveals how a series of events that could have easily derailed his career only fueled his determination.

Former Oakland Athletics pitcher and MLB Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley throws the ceremonial first pitch prior to the baseball game against the

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