Every year, Fox drags a couple of active players into the World Series analyst fray. Last year, A.J. Pierzynski and Jimmy Rollins did some work for Fox, and did a pretty good job. This year, two new players will be working as analysts for Fox during the World Series – David Ortiz and Nick Swisher. Most of Fox’s press release was focused on Ortiz, a relative neophyte to the analyst scene.
Ortiz and Swisher will join Fox’s MLB crew consisting of Kevin Burkhardt, Gabe Kapler, and Frank Thomas at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City before Game 1 on Tuesday. Ortiz has only been confirmed to work the first two games of the series.
I’m really not sure how well this will work out for Fox, but then again, no one expected Pedro Martinez to be as good as he is on TBS’s Postseason coverage. Both Ortiz and Swisher are very outspoken in their views, and that can be both a good and a bad thing. Maybe Ortiz is trying to set himself up for the next phase in his career once his days mashing homers for the Red Sox are over. Maybe Fox will find their next star, much like ESPN found a broadcasting star (well, for a year, at least) in Ortiz’s former manager Terry Francona. Maybe Ortiz’s broadcasting hopes and dreams will fade away after a middling performance. We’ll find out what his future holds next week.