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.
The Orioles won their 19th game of the season 11 days ago. The club snapped a nine-game losing streak on Sunday afternoon, taking down the Marlins 10-4 to finally cross the 20-win threshold. Aside from the Orioles, who have baseball’s worst record (20-50), the White Sox were the slowest team to reach 20 wins, securing No. 20 on June 6 — 11 days ago, for those of you keeping score.
Mark Trumbo had three hits including a solo home run, three runs scored, and two RBI. Jace Peterson knocked in four runs, including two with a two-run homer. Starter Dylan Bundy wasn’t particularly sharp, giving up four runs over six innings, but it was good enough for the W.
Coincidentally, the Orioles’ last two wins at Camden Yards came on Father’s Day (June 17) and Mother’s Day (May 13). They were on an 11-game home losing streak.
There hasn’t been any one singular cause for the Orioles’ woes. The club has dealt with a handful of injuries. First baseman Chris Davis is having a tremendously terrible season, so much so that a Baltimore-area bar is offering free shots whenever he gets a hit. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop hasn’t hit anywhere close to the way he hit last year. Free agent pick-up Alex Cobb has a 7.14 ERA over 12 starts. Andrew Cashner has a 4.98 ERA and is on the 10-day disabled list. Zach Britton has been absent most of the season due to an injury, only recently coming back.
No one expected the Orioles to hang with the Yankees and Red Sox this season, but I don’t think anyone was expecting them to reach 20 wins in the middle of June, either.