David Ortiz has been added to the Fox World Series broadcast

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It’s pregame panel stuff, not in-game commentary. But if you’ve been missing some Big Papi in your life, tune in to the World Series next week:

One of Major League Baseball’s best postseason hitters returns to the October stage this year, only this time he trades his lethal bat for a microphone. David “Big Papi” Ortiz has been added to FOX Sports’ World Series pregame and postgame show roster for the first two games of the 2014 Fall Classic . . . Ortiz joins fellow major leaguer Nick Swisher, World Series Champion Gabe Kapler and Hall-of-Famer Frank Thomas as analysts live from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City beginning Tuesday, October 21 at 7:30 PM ET on FOX. Kevin Burkhardt anchors all of FOX Sports’ World Series pregame and postgame coverage.

I guess we never can know about this stuff. Fox has used A.J. Pierzynski in the past and before we saw him I think everyone thought he’d be terrible but he was actually really good, and I’d be shocked if he doesn’t have a good post-playing career in the booth. Same with Pedro Martinez, who has been a refreshing, mostly no-B.S. change of pace from the usual.

I’m curious to see how Ortiz does. If he avoids the tack that some players bring to the booth — the near inability to criticize his fellow players — he’ll probably be pretty good.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.