Rays' Chris Archer excited to do World Series analysis for ESPN
Chris Archer, obviously, rather would be pitching in the World Series.
Instead, the Rays righthander will be there providing analysis for ESPN as part of its pre- and post-game TV shows and during the game on radio.
"At the end of the day, it's fun to educate the fans from a current player's perspective,'' Archer told the Times. "They have great analysts, and I think me going on there - and the reception I got last year was for the most part 100 percent positive - I can educate them on what the pitcher is trying to do. It's definitely a different perspective.''
Archer received rave reviews for his TV work last postseason, and was interested in returning. The deal was finalized this week.
"Chris brings a youthful energy and fresh take to our coverage,'' said Phil Orlins, ESPN senior coordinating producer. "He gives us the firsthand perspective of someone who has pitched against these teams and knows the game from the inside. Chris is eloquent and brings a fun and sometimes humorous perspective to our coverage.''
Archer will work at Games 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, providing on-site analysis for Baseball Tonight's pre- and post-game shows, and also join radio broadcasters Dan Shulman and Aaron Boone in the booth for an inning each game. Archer is also expected to be appear on SportsCenter during those days. He will miss Games 3 and 4 due to a conflict with his Archway Foundation's charity golf event.
"Being at the World Series last year was an awesome experience,'' Archer said. "That environment is something I want to experience from the player side and the more and more I can be there, the more desire and drive I have to be there as a player.''