Mark Teixeira set to join ESPN as studio analystThe 14-year veteran and 2009 World Series champ retired after the 2016 season
Mark Teixeira, the 36-year-old three-time All-Star and 2009 World Series champion, announced his retirement last August after 14 seasons in the Major Leagues, closing the book on a career that stood out among baseball's most prolific offensive talents over the last two decades.
Now, he'll be taking his knowledge and expertise to ESPN, where he'll appear on the network's MLB studio shows, as well as on "SportsCenter" and ESPN Radio broadcasts.
"Mark brings valuable insight from his experience as one of the elite first basemen and hitters of his era," Seth Markman, ESPN senior coordinating producer, said of the new hire. "His star power and credentials, coupled with his modern perspective of the game, will benefit our coverage. He's been on our radar for quite some time and we're looking forward to working with him."
Tex was known for his elite defensive ability at the first base position, as well as his outstanding home run power from both sides of the plate. Only four other switch-hitters (Mickey Mantle, Eddie Murray, Chipper Jones and Carlos Beltran) have belted more career homers in MLB history than Teixeira, who also was a three-time Silver Slugger and MVP runner-up in 2009.
While his final season in baseball may not have lived up to years past, Teixeira delivered more than a few clutch home runs and critical defensive stops late in the season, including this thrilling walk-off grand slam back on September 28, to defeat the rival Red Sox in his final week as a Yankee.
Tex has demonstrated more than a basic grasp of how to conduct himself in front of the camera, including his brief stretch hosting "Foul Territory" back in 2014, where he conducted interviews with his fellow Yankees teammates.
"This is where I'm going to shine. I'm a natural. It's something that I was born to do, and I'm going to be a great interviewer, I'm going to be a great broadcaster," Teixeira jokingly mentioned years ago. Now, he'll get a chance to put his skills to the test.
Another former Yankees veteran, Alex Rodriguez, seamlessly made the jump from the Yankees clubhouse to the MLB analyst role, joining FOX Sports World Series broadcasts for the last two years. He also took over Michael Strahan's hosting chair alongside Kelly Ripa on "Live with Kelly" back in mid-November.
Alex was highly regarded as an on-screen talent, especially in the context of analyzing the game, and soon he'll have another opportunity to show off his TV skills by hosting the pilot episode of "Back in the Game," a new CNBC show aimed at helping former athletes deal with financial matters.
As A-Rod continues to thrive after his playing career has come to an end, soon his longtime teammate Tex will be following in his footsteps. Teixeira earned a reputation as a player willing to do whatever it took to succeed, and there's little doubt he'll carry over those same traits as he carves out a new role for himself in the baseball world.