Dallas Braden has landed a new gig.
The former Oakland Athletics lefty will join the lineup on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight as a studio analyst, according to a story on the network’s website. It’s great news and well-deserved for the starter, whose promising career was cut short by a shoulder injury after just five seasons.
The Mayor of the 209 is definitely excited to get to work his new team, as he explained via Twitter.
— Dallas Braden (@DALLASBRADEN209) March 25, 2014
Vince Cotroneo, the Athletics play-by-play announcer, was one of many to congratulate Braden.
Welcome to the dark side @DALLASBRADEN209 …you will shine
— Vince Cotroneo (@vincebaseball) March 25, 2014
Ultimately, though, I think that the fiery Braden, who once delivered his famous “Get off my mound rant” to Alex Rodriguez, would be best suited for the radio airwaves. I could see him thriving either as a sports talk show host or even as a color commentator as part of a play-by-play team.
Braden will get the chance to do some radio work this season, as he was recently added as a contributor at 95.7 The GAME, the Athletics flagship station. Braden will make weekly appearances on the “Wheelhouse” with John Lund and Greg Papa on Mondays at 1:30pm and on “Bucher, Towny and Huff” on Thursdays at 9:30am.
Speaking of the Wheelhouse, insider Susan Slusser joined the show today to discuss Jarrod Parker’s future outlook. According to Slusser, Parker is unlikely to return from his second Tommy John surgery until midway through the 2015 season. Slusser also noted that it’s possible that Parker could come back as a reliever, and might be a closing option down the line.
Obviously, the goal will be for the right-hander to rejoin the rotation, but I think the the idea of Parker as a closer is an intriguing one. He certainly has the edgy personality and arsenal of pitches to excel in that role.
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