April 12, 2021

Chipper Jones interest is latest twist in ESPN’s baseball saga (New York Post)

In its effort to go big-name hunting, ESPN has interest in signing Hall of Famer Chipper Jones as a game analyst, The Post has learned.

Jones did a game last year on ESPN in which he and play-by-player Boog Sciambi had very good chemistry. The cameo peaked ESPN executives’ interest.

Last week, The Post reported that ESPN is considering changing its “Sunday Night Baseball” booth with David Cone a potential candidate to replace Jessica Mendoza. Either Cone or Mendoza would team with Matt Vasgersian and Alex Rodriguez. ESPN may be considering other options, as well.

At this point, Jones does not appear to be a candidate for Sunday Night, but could do some weeknight games.

ESPN lost David Ross to the Cubs, while Ryan Howard decided not to return. Eduardo Perez is a candidate for the Astros’ managerial job, so the network could have another opening.

It would make sense to add Jones, even on a limited basis, to see if he could be good over several games and potentially as A-Rod insurance on Sundays.

Rodriguez enters next season in the final year of his contract, as does Vasgersian.

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