Over the course of the past several decades, quite a few former MLB stars have made their way to the broadcast booth following the end of their playing days. Many of them have fashioned terrific careers by using their years of experience to analyze game situations.
One look at MLB Network clearly shows how players have adapted to their new jobs, and several regional networks have employed former players as well.
So who is currently still playing that could transition into stars in the TV booth? Let’s take a look.
1. Nick Swisher: New York Yankees
New York Yankees right-fielder Nick Swisher is clearly a guy who likes to have fun, and plays the game of baseball with a youthful exuberance and unabashed passion. Articulate as well, Swisher reminds me of former major leaguer Eric Byrnes in terms of broadcasting style—offbeat, irreverent and totally in tune with today’s game.
2. Mark DeRosa: Washington Nationals
Utility player Mark DeRosa is currently plying his trade with the Washington Nationals, however, after his playing days are over, DeRosa would be very comfortable in the broadcast booth.
During the postseason last year, DeRosa was a guest analyst for MLB Network, and he acquitted himself in fine fashion. DeRosa was smart, funny and brought terrific insight to the booth with him.
3. Jamie Moyer: Colorado Rockies
Some would have suspected that Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jamie Moyer was destined for the broadcast booth several years ago, but Moyer turned back the clock to become the oldest pitcher ever to win a game at the ripe young age of 49 years and 150 days.
Still, Moyer would be a valuable commodity for a job in the media after he finally calls it a career. After all, long-time ESPN college basketball analyst Digger Phelps is his father-in-law. That has to count for something, right?
4. Nyjer Morgan: Milwaukee Brewers
Okay, so admittedly, this choice is a bit out of the realm of possibility. However, imagine if you will for a second just how entertaining Morgan would be in a broadcast booth.
For instance, will he bring along his alter-ego, Tony Plush? And if so, does he deserve to be paid double for his efforts?
Morgan has certainly been entertaining during his time in Milwaukee, it almost seems like he’d be a perfect fit along with fellow legendary irreverent broadcaster Bob Uecker.
5. Brandon Phillips: Cincinnati Reds
Current Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips recently inked a new six-year, $72.5 million contract extension, so it will be a while yet before his playing days are over.
However, the man known as @DatDudeBP on Twitter certainly keeps his followers engaged with his witty repartee. That could translate well to the broadcast booth as well.
This is a post submitted by Mike Wright. Mike played all kinds of sports growing up and adamantly follows everything sports. He works with Phoenix Bats, who creates world-class wood bats, such as their premier maple bats, for amateur and professional ball players around the world. Mike loves writing on different sports topics and is honored to contribute here.