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ESPN expanding Alex Rodriguez’s role with interview show

Alex Rodriguez will see his presence on ESPN expand significantly with the announcement of an upcoming interview show.

The show, titled, “Pivot with Alex Rodriguez,” will be limited series consisting of four parts that will air during the MLB season.

Details on the show, as announced by ESPN via press release:

ESPN and Alex Rodriguez, one of the greatest Major League Baseball players ever, are teaming up to present a special series called Pivot with Alex Rodriguez in 2018. The four-part series will air on ESPN and ESPN Deportes during the MLB regular season. Rodriguez will serve as the executive producer and host for Pivot.

In each episode of Pivot, Rodriguez will conduct an in-depth, one-on-one interview with a current or former star athlete who is navigating through obstacles in their life and career. Rodriguez will use his personal experiences to lead an unfiltered, dynamic discussion about the changing phenomenon of life in the public eye and to help these athletes share their side of the story regarding their challenges. He will conduct these interviews in an environment relevant to each athlete’s personal story.

Rodriguez also weighed in on the ESPN announcement.

“ESPN’s track record of compelling, original features makes it the natural partner for Pivot. Change can be good, and even necessary, for athletes facing their most difficult moments,” Rodriguez says of the show’s concept. “However, I know firsthand how challenging it can be to turn the lens inward while living life in the public arena. I’m looking forward to uncovering personal stories the world deserves to hear, while sharing the lessons I’ve learned—sometimes through the hard way.”

Rodriguez of course segued nicely from his playing career into his role as high-profile media member. The 42-year-old has generally received rave reviews while making inroads into the world of broadcasting, garnering praise for his work with FOX while also signing on to serve as color analyst this season on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball.” Rodriguez will return to FOX for the network’s coverage of the MLB postseason.