By Matthew Tallarini
World Baseball Network
As the world was gearing up for the Super Bowl last night, Derek Jeter was invited on to the set of the FOX Sports pregame show and announced he was joining their baseball broadcast team as a studio analyst for the 2023 Major League Season.
Jeter was greeted by Curt Menefee, Michael Strahan, and former Yankees teammate Alex Rodriguez during the Super Bowl pregame show.
A Hall of Famer, 14-time All-Star, and five-time World Series champion, Jeter will join a broadcast booth with Frank Thomas, David Ortiz, and Jimmy Rollins for the 2023 Major League season. Kevin Burkhardt will broadcast his first World Baseball Classic next month after broadcasting his first career Super Bowl last night with Greg Olsen. Burkhardt will enter his 10th season in the booth for FOX.
Fox Sports covered the FIFA World Cup and Super Bowl LVII, and has a big schedule packed with major events to cover in 2023, including the Daytona 500, World Baseball Classic, MLB All-Star Game, and the MLB playoffs and World Series.
The World Baseball Classic will be on multiple streaming services, as well as Fox Sports channels including Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Tubi and Fox Deportes, which will have the coverage of the tournament from March 8-21.
This is a big stage for the former captain of the New York Yankees, and it was a big stage to make this announcement less than a month away from the World Baseball Classic. Jeter suited up for Team USA in the first World Baseball Classic in 2006 under manager Buck Martinez and in 2009 with manager Davey Johnson. In the 2006 World Baseball Classic, Jeter went 9-for-20 with a .450 batting average and scored five runs in six games of the tournament and was being selected to the All-Tournament Team. In the 2009 World Baseball Classic, Jeter went 8-for-29, hitting .276 in eight games as Team USA made it the semifinals at Dodger Stadium, losing to champion Japan.
Jeter is building a business career, even though he stepped away from the Miami Marlins prior to the 2022 Major League season. Jeter operated the Marlins for just four seasons after selling his 4% ownership of the team. Last September, Jeter announced that he joined entrepreneur Brian Lee in starting a card grading, storage vault, and marketplace platform company called Arena Club. Lee is the Co-Founder & CEO of Arena Club, which specializes in buying, selling, and trading with other collectors digital NFT memorabilia.
It is uncertain if Jeter will make his broadcasting debut during the World Baseball Classic, in Fox Sports’ first year of coverage of the global tournament or on opening day of the 2023 Major League Season.