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A-Rod says TV analyst gig at World Series caps off ‘dream season’


Heading into the 2015 MLB season, few expected much out of Alex Rodriguez. Fresh off a one-year suspension and turning 40 in July, it was believed he would serve as more of a distraction in the clubhouse than a contributor on the field for the New York Yankees.

But baseball can be unpredictable, and A-Rod arguably did the unthinkable during a pretty successful season at the plate. Rodriguez, while cooling off some as the season came to a close, played in 151 games and posted a respectable triple-slash of .250/.356/.486 while hitting 33 home runs and knocking in 86 RBI.

The Yankees managed to make the playoffs but came up short in its wild card showdown with the Houston Astros, losing at Yankee Stadium by a score of 3-0.

The early postseason ouster allowed Rodriguez the chance to see things from the other side, serving as an in-studio analyst for FOX Sports’ coverage of the postseason. He has received generally favorable marks for his performance, and says the TV gig has been a great finish to what he deemed as “my dream season.”

“Obviously, I play for the Yankees and I know that it is championship or bust,” Rodriguez told the New York Post’s Joel Sherman. “But if you told me that I would play in 150 games [151] and would be a small cog in getting us back to the playoffs, I would not have believed you. But the coolest part was being back in the clubhouse and back being accepted by our management and fans.”

Regarding his TV analyst job, A-Rod says he’s really enjoyed it and couldn’t beleive he was even asked.

“I was surprised and flattered [to be asked to do TV],” he said. “In years past, I would never have taken the gig. But how things have gone for me this year, I said, ‘Why not? Let me try this out.’ … It is not work for me. I would be watching the games anyway and calling friends and talking about what was going on.”

A-Rod’s season has to be one of the unlikeliest of comebacks in recent MLB history. And the fact he somehow transformed himself from baseball’s biggest pariah to the sport’s biggest redemption stories — to some, not all — is nothing short of impressive.