With no plans of returning to the field and two postseasons of experience as a guest analyst under his belt, former Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez will join Fox Sports as a full-time analyst, the network announced Tuesday.
The 41-year-old Rodriguez, who was released by the Yankees last August with more than a year remaining on his 10-year, $275 million contract, made his broadcasting debut as a studio analyst for Fox Sports during the 2015 World Series. (That came a few days after Rodriguez accidentally broke a monitor during a promotional appearance on Fox’s “NFL Sunday.”) Rodriguez impressed enough in the role that Fox welcomed him back for the 2016 postseason, during which he provided commentary alongside Pete Rose and Frank Thomas.
“Bringing Alex back was a priority of ours and we are fortunate to have him as a key contributor to our baseball coverage,” John Entz, Fox Sports’ president of production and executive producer, said of Rodriguez’s multiyear deal in a release. “His potential is off the charts and he’s been an incredibly quick learner in the world of television.”
While Rodriguez will continue to work as a studio analyst, Fox Sports reports that he will also serve as a game analyst for select broadcasts and as a feature reporter for Fox’s pregame coverage and the FS1 show “MLB Whiparound.”
Rodriguez, who hit 696 home runs during his 22-year major league career, was a three-time MVP and was suspended for the entire 2014 season for violating Major League Baseball’s drug agreement. He hit .250 with 33 home runs in 2015, but hit only .200 with nine home runs in 65 games last season. He was named a special adviser to the Yankees following his release.
“I’m excited to continue working with the Fox Sports family,” Rodriguez said in a statement. “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 home town of Miami.”