Former Atlanta Braves relief pitcher and current team analyst for FOX Sports South Peter Moylan believes Alex Rodriguez “has no idea how to play baseball.”
A seemingly odd take considering the 14-time All-Star amassed 696 homeruns and three American League MVP awards, but A-Rod has offered up some odd takes of his own since becoming a game analyst for ESPN. The most recent one is what had Moylan joining 92.9 The Game’s Andy and Randy to criticize Rodriguez.
“Alex Rodriguez who, somehow, was one of the greatest players to ever play the game but has no idea how to play baseball,” Moylan told Andy Bunker and Randy McMichael.
A-Rod was met with some confusion and laughs last week as he repeatedly called for someone to step up to the plate, in a scoreless Braves-Reds playoff game, and lay down a sacrifice bunt. Although there was an era of baseball where bunting played a more prominent role, that era is not 2020.
“I’m not taking anything away from what A-Rod did in his career,” Moylan said on 92.9 The Game as he offered a quick compliment before crushing Rodriguez’s ability as an analyst.
“To have a guy talking about the game of baseball in prime time, who’s spitting out the stuff that he’s spitting out, I think brings no justification to our game. And it’s not growing it at all. We’re listening to a guy that has no idea,” Moylan said. “I think it’s a massive miss by MLB,” he added.
This wasn’t the first time A-Rod offered a confusing opinion since becoming a game analyst. Last season, he claimed even-numbered leads are better than odd ones.
“You always want even leads versus odd leads. Why? The solo home run doesn’t tie it, and the grand slam does not beat you,” Rodriguez said during a 2019 ESPN Sunday Night Baseball broadcast.
Most people believe the goal in baseball should be to keep scoring and increase your lead regardless if it’s an even or odd number of runs. Three runs are better than two, five runs are better than four. And although A-Rod might try to argue otherwise, I’d be eager to hear Moylan’s rebuttal.
Warriors Fans Throw Objects At Charles Barkley On Inside the NBA Set
“Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.”
Charles Barkley is no stranger to being the object of fans’ ire. The cities of San Antonio and Cleveland have a history of being the butt of the Round Mound of Rebound’s jokes. Thursday night in San Francisco, fans of the Warriors took things to a different level, throwing objects at Barkley on the Inside the NBA set.
The TNT studio show was broadcasting live from outside the Chase Center. The crowd chanted “Chuck, you suck!” at Barkley before the game. After Golden State clinched a birth in the NBA Finals, things got physical.
Fans threw things at the set, including a rolled-up t-shirt, which hit Charles Barkley in the back of the head. That resulted in Barkley leaving his seat and bowing up to the audience.
“Come on Chuck!” Ernie Johnson pleaded as Kenny Smith repeatedly said “Sit down Chuck.”
Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.
Now that the Western Conference Finals are over, TNT’s NBA schedule has concluded. That doesn’t mean Charles Barkley won’t return to San Francisco for the NBA Finals, but it is highly unlikely given the reception he has received there.
Barkley spent most of the postseason telling Golden State fans they were annoying and need to shut up and saying the city of San Francisco has “dirty ass streets”.
Jon Miller To Call MLB Sunday Leadoff Game On Peacock
“According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict.”
Legendary play-by-play man Jon Miller will be returning to the national broadcast booth on Sunday. He will call the San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds game for Peacock. He’ll be joined in the booth by Barry Larkin and Shawn Estes.
According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict. Benetti, the regular play-by-play voice of Peacock’s MLB Sunday Leadoff, is also the television voice of the Chicago White Sox. NBC Sports Chicago has prioritized this weekend’s series between the White Sox and Cubs, making Benetti unavailable to the national broadcast.
Miller has been calling Giants games since 1997 and previously shared the Sunday Night Baseball booth on ESPN with hall of famer Joe Morgan.
The broadcast, called MLB Sunday Leadoff, will begin at 11 a.m. with pregame coverage hosted by Ahmed Fareed. The game broadcast begins at 11:30 a.m.
The game will take place in an exclusive two-hour broadcast window prior to the start of the rest of the league’s day of games.
Amazon Eyeing Pat McAfee For Thursday Night Football Megacast
“No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.’
First it was the Mannings. Now it’s McAfee. Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports reports that Pat McAfee could be at the center of an alternate broadcast of Thursday Night Football on Amazon in the 2022 season.
No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.
Rumors of Amazon’s interest in McAfee began to bubble up last month. While he never directly addressed them, he did make mention on his show that he was “up to something” and insinuated that Amazon wasn’t the only company he was talking to.
McAfee has said on his show in the past that he wants to be part of an NFL broadcast. However, he is firm in that it would not be in the broadcast booth.
“I can’t call games. Not yet,” McAfee said on a show in February. “Have to be done with this show to call games. Because that’s like a 3-day, 4-day thing.”
In addition to his daily show, McAfee is also committed to the WWE. He is on the road for Smackdown every Friday.
There is no word on exactly what a Pat McAfee-centered broadcast would look like. When reports first came out regarding discussions with McAfee, Ryan Glasspiegel of The New York Post reported that moving The Pat McAfee Show to Amazon was on the table. If that happens, it would make sense to use his entire crew on the Thursday Night Football presentation.