ESPN today announced it has reached a multi-year extension with Major League Baseball analyst and 2009 World Series Champion Mark Teixeira. As part of his new deal, the three-time American League All-Star will continue to serve as an analyst for ESPN’s Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown, which directly precedes Sunday Night Baseball.
Teixeira will serve as a primary Baseball Tonight analyst for all episodes of the show attached to significant events throughout the year, including MLB All-Star and the Home Run Derby, Opening Day, MLB Little League Classic, Wild Card Game, World Series and Baseball Winter Meetings. He will also serve as a game analyst for select telecasts.
“I have the coolest job in baseball,” said Teixeira. I’m fortunate to work with so many great colleagues and friends at ESPN who are deeply committed to covering the sport we all love with passion and expertise. I’m so happy to be part of this team.”
Teixeira will frequently contribute analysis to SportsCenter and other ESPN news and information platforms. Teixeira will also make weekly appearances on ESPN Radio shows, including on ESPN Radio 98.7’s The Michael Kay Show.
Seth Markman, ESPN vice president, production:
“Mark is a consummate professional who elevates our show every time he appears. He’s smart, candid and an excellent communicator and his passion for the game is evident. We’re proud to have Mark here at ESPN.”
Teixeira, a switch-hitting first baseman, hit 409 home runs and drove in 1,298 runs in his career. He also won five Gold Glove awards. He was an integral part of the New York Yankees 2009 World Series Championship team. Teixeira retired at the end of the 2016 season and joined ESPN at the start of the 2017 season.