Former MLB player Alex Rodriguez
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Alex Rodriguez will return to the broadcast booth for the 2020 MLB season for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. However, don’t expect him to be calling any New York Mets games any time soon.

ESPN will not use Alex Rodriguez for Mets’ Sunday Night Baseball game

ESPN has received plenty of criticism over the past year, including from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, for allowing Jessica Mendoza to cover Mets’ games on the network while also working for the team.

With Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez among those bidding to become the club’s newest owners, ESPN is making sure he won’t be in the broadcast booth for the Mets’ SNB game this season.

Fortunately for ESPN, the decision will only leave them without their top MLB analyst for one game this year. In his place, Chipper Jones will step into the booth on July 26, when the Mets face the Atlanta Braves.

Of course, Jones has his own connections to the Braves. He spent his entire Hall of Fame career in Atlanta from 1993-2012, earning eight All-Star selections and winning the NL MVP in 1995.

While Rodriguez won’t get to call the Mets-Braves game, he won’t be getting the night off. Of course, he’ll be hoping it’s his last season in the booth and he can become a co-owner in the team he grew up rooting for.

Matt Johnson
NFL, MLB & college football writer for Sportsnaut. Graduated from San Diego State University with BA in Journalism, 2019. Grew up in Sacramento, now based in Indianapolis. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection, With the First Pick