Mark Teixeira, a first baseman who played 14 seasons in the Majors across tenures with the Rangers, Braves, Angels and Yankees was a three time All-Star who hit 409 homeruns at the game’s highest level. Since his retirement in 2016, he’s been working as a TV analyst.
He’s one of the more unbias analysts in the league, calling out players such as Aroldis Chapman (current Yankee closer) for being dirty or calling out former teammate Robinson Cano for his PED woes. Now, he will no longer be a television analyst. Teixeira released a statement:
“This morning I notified ESPN that I will forgo the final year of my contract and will be taking some time off from television. My last day at ESPN will be this February 28th. I will be spending more time on business and personal opportunities that have materialized over the past year and simply won’t have time to work for the network. These opportunities include moving my family back to Texas, finishing my bachelor’s at Georgia Tech, as well as focusing more time on investing and philanthropy. I enjoy every moment of my four years working for ESPN and will forever cherish the relationship I have built during that time. I want to especially thank Gregg Colli, Karl Ravech and Tim Kurkijan for the being the best teammates in baseball. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that ESPN gave me and have a new appreciation for the hard work and dedicated that it takes to be a member of sports media. Finally, a huge thank you to all of the baseball fans that watched me on the field and in front of the camera. God bless you all!”