Fox Sports has announced that it has hired Alex Rodriguez as a full-time baseball analyst.
A-Rod has, of course, contributed to the Fox playoff production over the past two years. And he’s been pretty great. He’s quick and insightful. Unlike a lot of ex-players — especially the recently retired ones — he’s not afraid to criticize. His status as a superstar likewise helps in that he’ll probably never worry about pulling punches. I mean, let’s face it, he was better than almost everyone he’s going to be analyzing. He’s obviously telegenic and surprisingly witty on the broadcasts as well.
His new role is not 100% clear, but he’s on a multi-year deal and will do both studio work and in-game work in the booth on some Saturdays.
You may not like A-Rod the player, but he’s a pretty darn good hire by Fox.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.