Videos by OutKick
Former New York Yankees superstar Derek Jeter is joining the Fox Sports crew for the 2023 MLB season.
That’s exciting news for baseball fans, as Jeter will bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and star power to nationwide broadcasts.
But the addition of “The Captain,” means another one of the previous analysts will no longer be featured.
For several years, the Fox MLB crew has used Kevin Burkhardt as the host, with Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz and Frank Thomas serving as analysts.
But with the addition of Jeter, Frank Thomas will no longer be part of Fox’s broadcast team.
Jeter to Debut Later This Season
According to the New York Post, Jeter will debut on the Fox crew with the London series in June.
He’ll then be featured during their coverage of the All-Star Game in July, and the playoffs in October.
A spokesman for Fox Sports confirmed that Thomas is departing the team
“Frank has been an integral member of the FOX MLB studio team for nearly a decade and has helped raise the bar on our coverage while continuously growing the game of baseball,” the statement said. “Although he is not a part of our coverage this season, ‘The Big Hurt’ will always be a member of our Fox Sports family and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
Commentators are just one part of a broadcast, but Derek Jeter should be a fantastic addition to the national team.
Especially in the postseason, his experience should provide some valuable insights, and his opinions carry a tremendous amount of weight and respect.
Beyond his playing days, Jeter’s been on the ownership and management side of the game too. The Fox crew was already great, but this change could make their coverage that much better.