Former New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez will host an upcoming television show on CNBC.
Rodriguez is set to appear on “Back in the Game” (the show's working title) which pairs former athletes in financial distress with money-savvy mentors who can assist them to get back on their feet.
Rodriguez is not planning on playing the 2017 season with the Yankees but is still owed $21 million in the final year of his 10-year, $275 million deal that was signed in 2007. He finished last season with 696 career home runs for fourth on the all-time list. He served a season-long suspension in 2014 for performance enhancing drugs and his ties to the Biogenesis doping clinic.
His television career has been received well. Rodriguez served as a FOX Sports analyst in the postseason alongside Pete Rose, Frank Thomas and Kevin Burkhardt.
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Alex Rodriguez appears ready to get 'Back in the Game' with his own CNBC show (!)
Alex Rodriguez has found plenty to do since his playing career ended back in August. He's played baseball with his daughter (his ERA rocketing up in the process), become a #TBT hero and, now, made the move to television.
As was shared to the Twittersphere by Politico's Alex Weprin on Tuesday, Rodriguez (who knows how to host a program) has apparently been tapped to be the host of a new CNBC program titled "Back in the Game." With executive producer/fellow former pro athlete Michael Strahan in tow, this should be a big deal.
Alex Rodriguez to host show helping ex-athletes manage their money
Alex Rodriguez’s baseball-playing career might be over, but he’s still looking for another hit. Since leaving the game, A-Rod has excelled both in the boardroom and in the broadcast suite. He’s managed A-Rod Corp. with ruthless efficiency (even though we’re not sure what they do), and he emerged as a future broadcasting star with Fox Sports during the postseason.
Rodriguez’s latest venture aims to bring both of those things together in perfect harmony. The former New York Yankees designated hitter is set to host a pilot titled “Back in the Game,” in which he’ll help ex-athletes who are struggling with debt.
Talk about a broadcasting star on the rise. In just a few months, A-Rod went from commentator to show host. Alex Trebek better keep his head on a swivel.
Of course, this won’t be Rodriguez’s first foray into hosting. He served as a cohost on “Live with Kelly” back in November, where he hit some bombs with Chicago Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber.
From the sound of the release, Rodriguez will be going solo this time around. Not only that, but it won’t be as lighthearted as his stint on “Live with Kelly.” It sounds like Rodriguez might be doling out advice to former athletes who desperately need it.
That’s not to say there won’t be a feel-good aspect to the show. Personally, we’re hoping A-Rod forms a strong bond with one of the former athletes and offers them a coveted internship at A-Rod Corp. That way, we might finally get a chance to see what goes on behind the curtain there.