David Waldstein of The New York Times reports that recently retired major leaguer Mark Teixeira is expected to join ESPN as analyst. An announcement is expected to come on Tuesday.
As Waldstein notes, Teixeira is no stranger to the lifestyle, having guest hosted ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” sports talk show in 2014, made other radio appearances, and appeared on Showtime’s “Billions.”
Teixeira, 36, retired after the 2016 season during which he hit a meager .204/.292/.362 with 15 home runs and 44 RBI over 438 plate appearances. He battled neck, foot, and knee injuries during the season, hampering his abilities. However, Teixeira certainly retired as one of the game’s better-hitting first basemen, cranking out 409 home runs, knocking in 1,298 runs, and compiling an .869 OPS across parts of 14 seasons with the Rangers, Braves, Angels, and Yankees. He was quite slick with the glove as well, earning five Gold Glove Awards.
The Cubs’ defense — or lack thereof this year — has been a topic of conversation as it could help explain why the team hasn’t played at the elite level it played at last year.
Manager Joe Maddon tried to go into detail about that but ended up channeling his inner Rex Ryan. Via CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney.
If, in the future, Joe Ross ever complains about a lack of run support, point to his first four starts of the 2017 season.
Ross started on April 19 in Atlanta against the Braves, on April 25 in Colorado against the Rockies, on April 30 at home against the Mets, and on May 23 at home against the Mariners. In those games, the Nats’ offense scored 14, 15, 23, and 10 runs respectively for a total of 62 runs, or an average of 15.5 per start. Ross was the pitcher of record for seven, eight, 10, and 10 runs for a total of 35 runs (8.75 runs per start), which would still make him the major league leader in run support by that restrictive standard.
Among qualified starters — Ross did not qualify — entering Tuesday’s action, the Rockies’ Antonio Senzatela led the way according to ESPN, averaging 7.11 runs of support in nine starts. The Rockies scored double-digit runs in only three of those starts, oddly enough.
Per the Nationals, the 62 runs of support for Ross is a major league record in a pitcher’s first four starts of a season.