Alex Rodriguez is one of the bidders for the right to purchase the New York Mets. Which could have led to a very uncomfortable moment or two in his role as a Sunday Night Baseball analyst for ESPN when the Mets were scheduled.
Faced with criticizing players whom he might soon employ, Rodriguez was spared the awkwardness by ESPN, who said they will avoid putting him on Mets games as he remains an analyst.
The Mets’ only Sunday night game is scheduled for July 26 against the Braves. For that game, ex-Brave Chipper Jones will replace Rodriguez as the analyst. Rodriguez will instead call the Dodgers-Giants game.
ESPN has run into the situation before. Last year, Jessica Mendoza worked as an analyst for a few Mets games, even though she worked as a Mets adviser.
Rodriguez and girlfriend Jennifer Lopez have a consortium that is one of the leaders in the bidding to purchase the Mets.
“[We’ll] shy away from having Alex do a Mets game, so we don’t put him in a bad position … given what’s going on,” said Mark Gross, ESPN SVP of production and remote events.