Highly divisive in the world of baseball as a player, Alex Rodriguez has shown superb quality as a sports commentator, holds Andrew Morrison of the Daily Campus. When he joined ESPN, many had their doubts, but A-Rod hit the ground running with insightful analysis, good storytelling, composure, eloquence and the occasional well-fitting joke. His history with the sport has given him a solid background for commentary, something that is apparent right away. Critics of him in this new role are likely holding onto grudges from his playing days. Taken by its face value, his work as a commentator has been good, unlike that of many ex-athletes.
Ex-Yankee Alex Rodriguez’s foray into sports commentary with ESPN has been underwhelming, particularly when compared with his baseball career, suggests Andrew Marchand of the New York Post. His introduction has coincided with ESPN sinking to 1.56 million viewers from 1.91 million at around the same time last year. A-Rod’s commentary needs to improve, he sounds too scripted because of his broadcaster’s guidelines. While parts of what he says are good, he should be more self-confident to sound more natural. Whether his new show “Pivot with Alex Rodriguez” will take off is also to be seen as ESPN tries to monetize his fame.