Rod to join ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball booth

Rod to join ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball booth

ESPN is finalizing a deal with Rodriguez to have the recently-retired New York Yankees slugger join its "Sunday Night Baseball" broadcast as an analyst, Sporting News' Michael McCarthy reported Tuesday, citing sources.

Alex Rodriguez attends the 38th Sports Emmy Awards at Jazz at Lincoln Center on May 9, 2017.

Oddly enough, A-Rod would replace Aaron Boone, now the Yankees' manager, on "Sunday Night Baseball".

Rodriguez will continue to exclusively serve as a studio analyst for Fox Sports during the MLB Postseason, while Vasgersian will continue his role as a studio host and announcer for MLB Network.

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Reviled upon retirement, A-Rod has repaired his image over the last couple of years, largely thanks to his impressive studio work with Fox. But he remained exclusive to Fox Sports for baseball coverage. The team will then call the first official Sunday Night Baseball telecast of the season on April 1, which also features the Dodgers and Giants.

Rodriguez, 42, has received generally positive reviews as a broadcaster, which has blunting some of the criticism he garnered late in his career. "I know firsthand how passionate both Alex and Jessica are about baseball, and I can't wait to get started with them". "We're going to have a lot of fun".

The talent-sharing relationship became possible, said media sources close to Fox, after ESPN parent Disney agreed to pay $60 billion to acquire most of 21st Century Fox's assets, including regional sports networks such as YES Network in NY.

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