Alex Rodriguez has been quiet since he was released by the New York Yankees last month, finishing the last of his 12 tempestuous seasons in the Bronx with a .200 batting average and nine home runs. In the weeks since, he has been watching baseball on television at home in Miami and shepherding his daughters, 8 and 11, to school and other places.
But when the playoffs begin, he will be back where he was last season after the Yankees lost the wild-card game to the Houston Astros, working as a studio analyst for Fox Sports with Pete Rose, Frank Thomas and the rest of its postseason crew.
“I had a really good time last year, and I’d be watching every game anyway,” Rodriguez said in a telephone interview on Wednesday. “I love the game, and I see it as my responsibility to convey what I am seeing in the simplest way.”
He was, in fact, a very good commentator, dispensing analysis in a way that suggested he was looking toward a TV career. Fox also announced that Rodriguez would contribute analysis during next year’s All-Star Game in Miami.
Former major-leaguer Jesus Montero has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a stimulant, his second penalty for a banned substance.
Montero spent this season with Toronto’s Triple-A Buffalo team, batting .317 with 11 home runs and 60 RBI. He was a designated hitter and first baseman and was picked as an International League All-Star.
The commissioner’s office made the announcement Thursday. Because the minor league season is over, the suspension will take effect at the start of next year.
Montero tested positive for dimethylbutylamine.
Votto leaves game
Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto left Thursday night’s game at St. Louis in the eighth inning after suffering a cut on his chin while sliding into second base.
Votto, who went 3-for-4 in the game, had blood gushing from the cut. He was replaced by pinch-runner Tyler Holt.
Votto recorded his 1,400th career hit earlier in the game.
With five plate appearances facing three different Marlins pitchers Thursday, Mets outfield prospect Tim Tebow had a productive day at the plate.
Batting in each of the first five innings, Tebow smacked two hard singles, drew a walk, grounded into a force play and was caught looking at a third strike. He drove in one run and scored twice, though he was also thrown out at the plate trying to score from second on a line single to right field.
Still in its early stages, the conversion to baseball for the 29-year-old would seem to be going better than expected. After two games against opposing teams, Tebow is 3-for-10, including his home run Wednesday, with a walk and a strikeout.