Fox Sports hires AJ Pierzynski to be full-time analyst – Chicago Tribune

Former White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski is becoming a full-time analyst with Fox Sports, the network is set to announce Tuesday.

Pierzynski, who contributed to Fox postseason baseball coverage in 2011, ’12, ’13 and ’15 before ending his 19-season major-league career last year, will work games as well as make regular appearances on FS1’s “MLB Whiparound.”

His first assignment will be Yankees vs. Rays on April 5, with Kenny Albert on play-by-play and Ken Rosenthal as reporter.

A member of the 2005 White Sox World Series championship team, two-time All-Star and career .280 hitter, Pierzynski perhaps is as remembered by Chicago fans for getting punched by Cubs catcher Michael Barrett after running into him at home in 2006 as for his savvy in reaching first with two out in the bottom of the ninth on a dropped third strike against the Angels in a tied Game 2 of the 2005 American League Championship Series.

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