Rod joining ESPN and taking over the TV world

Angelo Anderson
January 23, 2018

A-Rod will be joining Jessica Mendoza and Buster Olney on the broadcasts, as well as whoever ESPN picks to replace play-by-play guy Dan Shulman, who made a decision to leave "Sunday Night Baseball" at the end of the 2017 season.

On Tuesday, Sporting News reported that Alex Rodriguez will be joining the cast of ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball".

Rodriguez, whose image has been on the long upswing since he was suspended for the entire 2014 season for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, will be alongside Jessica Mendoza, Buster Olney and whoever replaces Dan Shulman as lead play-by-player. The play-by-play man will be Matt Vasgersian. This time, A-Rod will succeed Boone in ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball booth. What a difference a few years makes.

Alex Rodriguez, for the second time, will follow the current Yankees manager in a high-profile gig. At the rate he's going, though, their successors will put him in Cooperstown via the Ford Frick Award sometime in the 2040s. During the postseason, when Fox Sports and TBS control the TV rights, A-Rod would continue to serve as a Fox Sports baseball analyst with Kevin Burkhardt and Frank Thomas. Rodriguez took Boone's place as Yankees third baseman in 2004, after Boone injured himself playing pickup basketball.

As McCarthy points out, such a deal became possible after ESPN's parent company, Disney, acquired 21st Century Fox in a massive deal in December.

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