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Is It Time To Move On From Greg Bird?

If you watched Thursday afternoon’s debacle of a ninth inning, you are rightfully angry that Greg Bird swung at the first pitch with the bases loaded and nobody out and fouled out. While Bird has had a few injury-stunted seasons, it has become clear that he is a below-average hitter.

A-Rod coming to the booth for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball

Alex Rodriguez has experienced quite the 180 in terms of his public image and perception ever since he retired from the sport of baseball. From presenting himself as a solid analyst on FOX during the postseason, to his love involvement with fellow celebrity J-Lo, A-Rod has been on a tear, and now it appears as if he has just landed yet another sweet deal. 
 
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According to Michael McCarthy of Sporting News, ESPN is set to announce Rodriguez as the newest member of their Sunday Night Baseball broadcast team along with up and coming play-by-play guy Matt Vasgersian from Fox and MLB Network, and returning analyst Jessica Mendoza. Rodriguez will also remain with Fox Sports as an in-studio analyst during the postseason when ESPN does not have the television rights for games. 

This deal was made possible in part due to the fact that ESPN’s parent company Disney purchased most of 21st Century Fox assets, including many regional sporting networks such as the YES Network. Yet, apparently Rodriguez did not view that as a factor in him taking this opportunity and now has a chance to cement himself as one of the voices of baseball. 

It will be interesting to see how Rodriguez does as an analyst for a full season, as he made his broadcasting debut in the booth this past May for Fox Sports 1 in a Royals vs Yankees game. Rodriguez had did a fine job covering the postseason for FOX and had tremendous chemistry with David Ortiz while in studio for FOX during last year’s postseason; will he be able to create similar chemistry with Vasgersian and Mendoza? Only time will tell, but one thing is for certain: A-Rod will be calling quite a few Yankee games in 2018.

Article by: Matt Luzzi

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