The 2014 MLB season is mere weeks away, and we haven't heard much about Fox's coverage in year one of their new contract with MLB. However, some pieces are beginning to fall into place. After we brought you the schedule for 2014 on Fox's broadcast network, Sports Illustrated is reporting that former Chicago White Sox first baseman and 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee will be an MLB analyst for Fox Sports 1.
Thomas has worked for CSN Chicago as an analyst for the last three years, but will be moving to Los Angeles to join a network who has really only had one consistent MLB analyst since their debut since months ago – the fantastic Gabe Kapler. Thomas would make a nice addition to a possible studio show along with Kapler and perhaps Eric Karros, who appeared in studio for FS1 during the MLB Playoffs in October.
I'd imagine we'd start to hear more rumblings about Fox's plans for baseball this week, especially with Spring Training broadcasts kicking off next week. Considering the legions of NFL and UFC analysts that Fox has in their stable, they're going to need more than two MLB analysts and a couple of reporters, right!?