Alex Rodriguez Joins ESPN's 'Sunday Night Baseball'

THR - Alex Rodriguez - Photographed by Martin Schoeller -SPLASH 2017
Photographed By Martin Schoeller

Matt Vasgersian becomes 'SNB's' new play-by-play announcer.

Alex Rodriguez has finalized a multiyear deal to join ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball team, the network announced Tuesday. Additionally, Matt Vasgersian will become SNB’s new play-by-play announcer.

Rodriguez will be in the booth with Jessica Mendoza and Buster Olney. Vasgersian – who also signed a multiyear deal – replaces Dan Shulman, who stepped down at the end of the 2017 season. The additions of Rodriguez and Vasgersian mean that Mendoza is the lone returning member of ESPN’s SNB team. Olney replaced Aaron Boone, who in the off season accepted the job as the new manager for the New York Yankees. 

Fox Sports and TBS own the MLB post-season rights. Rodriguez will stay on at Fox Sports, where he is teamed with analysts Kevin Burkhardt and Frank Thomas. He'll continue to exclusively serve as a studio analyst for Fox Sports during the MLB postseason, while Vasgersian will continue his role as a studio host and announcer for MLB Network.

Rodriguez has deftly managed his post-baseball career. And last year, he became a contributor at Disney-owned ABC News. But he remained exclusive to Fox Sports for baseball coverage. The new talent sharing arrangement comes weeks after ESPN parent Disney agreed to a $60 billion deal to acquire many of 21st Century Fox assets, including New York’s YES Network and other Fox Sports regional sports networks. 

ESPN’s new SNB team will make its official debut on Opening Day, Thursday, March 29, to call ESPN’s telecast of the Los Angeles Dodgers-San Francisco Giants game. The team will then call the first official Sunday Night Baseball telecast of the season on April 1, which also features the Dodgers and Giants.