During a 12-year career in Major League Baseball, Nick Swisher was known as a good hitter, a great teammate and kind of a frat boy.
So it made sense Friday when he became maybe the first player ever to announce a new job in broadcasting with the word “badass.”
In an essay on The Players’ Tribune, Swisher, who is 36 years old, announced he was retiring from baseball and joining Fox Sports as a studio analyst, while also dabbling in extreme sports.
This next chapter is gonna be badass. I’m so pumped for it. I’m excited to say that I’m going to join Fox Sports as a studio analyst for the 2017 season, so I definitely won’t be far from the game. But also, I’m gonna go do all the things I was never allowed to do when I was playing. I want to learn how to ski. I want to go skydiving. I already went swimming with sharks, and it was totally intense … afraid for my life. So I can already cross that one off.
You never know for sure which former players will make good broadcasters, but Swisher seems like a pretty good bet. He’s gregarious and likable and always enjoyed being in front of the camera. He was also a pretty good player, hitting 245 home runs and posting a .799 OPS in his MLB career. He won a World Series with the Yankees in 2009 and was voted an All-Star in 2010.
Actually, that 2009 Yankees team seems to be taking over the media. Derek Jeter started The Players Tribune, Alex Rodriguez starred on Fox’s postseason studio show in October, and Mark Teixeira recently accepted a job at ESPN. At this rate, Robinson Cano will retire from baseball any day now to become a blogger or something.