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Alex “A Rod” Rodriguez has lined up his second career. The recently retired baseball player will now serve as a full-time analyst, inking a multiyear deal with Fox Sports.
The analyst gig, which follows Rodriguez’s pinch-hitter status for the network during the 2016 post-season, will includes game commentary for Fox MLB Saturday telecasts and feature reporter status for pre-game coverage as well as Fox Sports 1 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,” Fox Sports president of production and executive producer John Entz said Tuesday in a statement. “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 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.”
First working as a broadcaster during the 2015 World Series, Rodriguez returned to Fox Sports in 2016 for the post-season and the Chicago Cubs’ stunning win over the Cleveland Indians in the World Series. He retired from the New York Yankees, where he spent the bulk of his two-decade career, in 2016. The later years were marred with controversy, particularly the suspension (and lengthy appeal process) for reportedly receiving human growth hormone — a transgression he denied but was eventually learned to have admitted to the Drug Enforcement Administration in 2014.
“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.”
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