Throughout his baseball playing career, Alex Rodriguez was vilified by the sports media industry. But now that his playing days are over, A-Rod has decided being on the other side certainly has its benefits.
After working and excelling on FOX Sports’ MLB playoffs coverage the past two post-seasons, A-Rod has decided to pursue his passion for analyzing baseball on a full time basis. FOX Sports has announced that in addition to reprising his role as a FOX MLB studio analyst, Rodriguez will expand his responsibilities for the 2017 season by contributing as a game analyst for select FOX MLB Saturday telecasts, and as a feature reporter for FOX’s MLB pregame coverage and FS1’s studio show MLB Whiparound.
“Bringing Alex back was a priority of ours and we are fortunate to have him as a key contributor to our baseball coverage,” said John Entz, President of Production & Executive Producer, FOX Sports. “His potential is off the charts and he’s been an incredibly quick learner in the world of television. He even understands the complexities of sales units. We are especially grateful to coordinating producer Bardia Shah-Rais, pregame producer Jonathan Kaplan, producer Royce Dickerson and all of the FOX Sports staff who not only welcomed Alex but continue to strive to deliver the best pre and post game baseball shows on television.”
“I’m excited to continue working with the FOX Sports family,” said Rodriguez. “It’ll be great to get back on set with the guys for the regular season and postseason, especially the All-Star Game in my hometown of Miami.”
One of Rodriguez’s best on-air moments came during the 2016 MLB postseason, when he and fellow analysts Frank Thomas and Pete Rose took part in a candid conversation about hitting in the big leagues. Rodriguez was also voted the top baseball studio analyst of 2016 by a wide margin in a recent sports media survey conducted by Barrett Sports Media.