ESPN has its replacement for David Ross, now the manager of the Chicago Cubs, and it’s a player you have probably heard of.
Atlanta Braves Hall of Famer Chipper Jones is joining ESPN as an on-air analyst, the network announced on Monday. As initially reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jones will be replacing Ross as a color commentator on “Wednesday Night Baseball.”
Chipper Jones has a new day job with ESPN
Jones will make his ESPN debut as part of the network’s Opening Day coverage, calling a game between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers on March 26. He will also call two more games in the following week.
Hall-of-Famer Chipper Jones will make his debut as an MLB analyst during ESPN's Opening Day coverage.— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) March 2, 2020
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ESPN is making this move after two guest analyst appearances with ESPN last season.
“We had the opportunity to work with Chipper in a guest analyst capacity last season and we were instantly impressed,” ESPN senior coordinating producer Phil Orlins said in a statement. “In addition to his well-known hall-of-fame credentials, it was clear that he is a charismatic storyteller with an authentic and fun-loving personality.
“He has tremendous passion for the sport and he’s still very connected to the current game. He’s one of baseball’s all-time greats and he will strengthen our overall MLB coverage.”
Jones has been retired since the 2012 season, calling it a career after 19 seasons in the majors, all with the Braves. The 47-year-old was one of the best switch-hitters ever, hitting .303/.401/.529 in his career and earning eight All-Star selections.
He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2018.
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