ESPN has announced that it has reached a multi-year extension with Major League Baseball analyst Rick Sutcliffe.
The Cy Young Award-winning pitcher’s broadcasting career spans more than 20 years, as he first joined ESPN in 1998. He is one of ESPN’s longest-tenured commentators.
Rick Sutcliffe said of the deal: “I knew when I retired as a player that I wanted to stay connected to baseball. At first, I thought as a pitching coach or even as a Manager. But what’s kept me at ESPN for 20 years has been the people I work with and for – bosses and colleagues who have become some of my best friends. I’m very thankful for the opportunity from ESPN to stay connected to the game I love.”
Sutcliffe will continue as a game analyst for ESPN, which includes regular assignments on ESPN’s Wednesday Night Baseball alongside Jon Sciambi, Opening Day, Holiday Baseball and Postseason Impact Game coverage. He also calls MLB Postseason games on ESPN Radio, alongside Chris Berman.
Mark Gross, ESPN senior vice president, production added: “Sut is a terrific analyst who is as dialled into the game as anyone. He brings everything that we’re looking for to the broadcast – smart analysis, informed opinions, humour and passion for the game. If you love baseball, don’t miss an opportunity to listen to Sut call a game.”
Sutcliffe has an extensive list of accomplishments from his MLB career. He was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1979 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the 1984 NL Cy Young Award winner with the Chicago Cubs. “The Red Baron,” was a three-time MLB All-Star and led the NL in wins in 1987. Sutcliffe also won the Robert Clemente Award in 1987. In total, he played 18 seasons.