Cleveland Indians coach Sandy Alomar Jr. (L) and former MLB player and television personality Alex Rodriguez (R) during practice a day before game one of the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.
By Joe Giglio
Alex Rodriguez is back in baseball on a full-time basis.
According to Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated, Fox has hired Rodriguez as an analyst. That will include time in the booth during the network’s Saturday game of the week.
The recently retired all-time great is still on the Yankees payroll and recently spent time down in spring training as an instructor. His role with the Yankees moving forward is fluid, and the organization seems willing to let him pursue opportunities like this.
Over the last two postseasons, Rodriguez received rave reviews for his work with the Fox broadcast team as a studio personality before and after games. His bosses at Fox were impressed with his work ethic; something that likely played a role into this promotion.
If the booth work as a color analyst during games goes well, speculation will likely begin around Rodriguez’s future and bigger role with Fox. Currently, the network uses John Smoltz as the top analyst next to play-by-play announcer Joe Buck.
With Buck thinking about winding down his baseball work and Smoltz only one World Series into the role, more changes could be coming.
The idea of A-Rod as the voice of the biggest games each October moving forward shouldn’t be counted out.