When Alex Rodriguez provided baseball analysis in studio for ESPN, he garnered praise for his insight as a former star of the game.
His performance as a color commentator has garnered him, shall we say, less praise.
All ears were on him again on Tuesday during the Red Sox’s 6-2 win against the Yankees in the American League wild-card game on the main ESPN broadcast. Most who heard him weren’t praising his work.
A-Rod’s comments saw many claim to flip their TV sets to the Statcast Broadcast on ESPN2 rather than watch it on the main network. So, just what was he saying? Well, he of course took some shots at the new wave of baseball analytics, particularly exit velocity:
Even as the Yankees’ lineup was being dismantled, he made sure everyone knew his former team was not to be trifled with. According to Fangraphs, the Yankees’ regular-season 101 wRC+ had them ranked seventh in the American League, a single tick above league average.
He also had thoughts on what makes a baseball player, well, a baseball player.
He also prepared those Red Sox viewers who are ready for their ALDS matchup against the Rays.
He also told Yankees fans not to worry, as Gerrit Cole’s second season in the Bronx will be much better than his first. (Spoiler alert, his second season in New York just ended).
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