WSVN Miami is reporting that Braves utilityman Sean Rodriguez, his wife Giselle, and their two young children were involved in a car accident in West Miami-Dade on Saturday afternoon. Rodriguez’s black Chevy Suburban was T-boned by a stolen Miami-Dade Police cruiser. Rodriguez was behind the wheel and was not hurt. His wife and children were taken to area hospitals. As of Sunday, WSVN reports that Giselle is listed as being in fair condition and their two kids are in serious but stable condition.
The Braves released a statement, which read:
We are aware that Braves player Sean Rodriguez and his family were involved in a very serious car accident Saturday night in Miami, Fla. At this time our thoughts and prayers are with the health and well-being of Sean’s family as they look to recover.
Rodriguez, 31, was born in Miami and spent five of his nine seasons in the majors with the Rays in St. Petersburg. He and the Braves agreed on a two-year, $11.5 million contract this past November after he had a very productive 2016 campaign with the Pirates. He hit .270/.349/.510 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI in 342 plate appearances, having played every position except pitcher and catcher.
We at NBC are glad to hear that Rodriguez was unharmed in the accident and wish a full and speedy recovery to his wife and two children.
Alex Rodriguez’s post-retirement renaissance continues apace. After starring as a studio host for Fox’s playoff coverage over the past couple of years, A-Rod is about to be named to, arguably, televised baseball’s top job: color commentary in ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball booth.
Michael McCarthy of The Sporting News is hearing that ESPN is going to give the gig, vacated by Aaron Boone by virtue of his hiring by the Yankees, to Rodriguez. There he’ll join Jessica Mendoza and whoever they get to replace play-by-play man Dan Shulman, who chose to step back from the Sunday night job following last season. This, by the way, marks the second time A-Rod has taken over Aaron Boone’s job given that he replaced Boone at third base for the Yankees in 2004.
The twist: A-Rod is likely to keep his Fox postseason job too. While some broadcasters work for multiple networks, it’s pretty rare for Fox to allow its talents to work for competitors like that. Apparently they believe keeping A-Rod — who five years ago was one of the most despised figures in baseball — is worth it. What a difference a few years makes.
In other news, Alex Rodriguez is likely to be shunned mightily by the current crop of BBWAA voters when he hits the Hall of Fame ballot in a couple of years. At the rate he’s going, though, their successors will put him in Cooperstown via the Ford Frick Award sometime in the 2040s.