NEW YORK, NY – With five World Series titles between them, David “Big Papi” Ortiz and Keith Hernandez are no strangers to October’s biggest stage, only this time they return to the postseason with a microphone in hand. Ortiz and Hernandez join FOX Sports as analysts for the network’s pregame and postgame coverage throughout the 2017 postseason. The announcement was made today by John Entz, FOX Sports President of Production & Executive Producer.
“We are pleased to have both David and Keith join us for this year’s postseason coverage,” Entz said. “Big Papi is a larger than life personality and a postseason legend. Keith won two World Series as a player and is one of the best broadcasters in the business.”
Ortiz and Hernandez add to an already highly acclaimed crew, including first-ballot Hall-of-Famer Frank Thomas, World Series Champion Alex Rodriguez and Emmy-nominated host Kevin Burkhardt.
“I’m very excited to have this opportunity to return to the postseason,” Ortiz said. “It’s the next best thing to stepping on that field in a uniform, and I look forward to joining back up with the guys at FOX.”
Prior to his retirement, Ortiz made his broadcasting debut during the 2014 World Series, for Games 1 and 2, as a guest studio analyst for FOX Sports.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the FOX Sports team and work with this talented and fun group, Hernandez said. “They all have great personalities and bring a wealth of experience to FOX’s postseason coverage. I’m also excited to be reunited with my old friend – Kevin Burkhardt – from our SNY days together.”
Ortiz entered the league in 1992 with the Seattle Mariners before he was acquired by the Minnesota Twins in 1997. With six seasons under his belt, the Twins released Ortiz in 2003. Shortly after, the slugger signed with the Boston Red Sox, where he had a breakout year as a designated hitter. “Big Papi” remained in “Beantown” for the rest of his professional career, serving as a driving force in the 2004, 2007 and 2013 World Series Championships. Averaging a .688 with seven runs scored, Ortiz also earned the 2013 World Series MVP title. The 10-time All-Star and seven-time Silver Slugger retired at the end of the 2016 season with 541 homeruns, 2,472 hits and 1,768 RBIs. As a tribute to his success under their organization, the Red Sox retired Ortiz’s jersey (No. 34) in 2017.
Hernandez was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1971, earning his first major league start at Candlestick Park in 1974. The first baseman spent nine-and-a-half seasons with the Cardinals, where he was named the National League MVP (1979) alongside Willie Stargell, the first and only time in major league history two players received the same number of points from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Hernandez helped the Cardinals pick up a World Series Championship in 1982 before he was traded to the New York Mets in 1983. Hernandez quickly made an even bigger name for himself as the first Mets player to be named team captain (1987-1989) after helping lead the team to a World Series title in 1986. Through six-and-a-half seasons in New York, he finished out his career with the Cleveland Indians in 1990. Hernandez retired with 11 consecutive Gold Glove Awards, a record that still stands today, and two Silver Slugger Awards.
A seasoned veteran, Emmy Award-winning Hernandez has served as a game analyst on SNY’s Mets telecasts since 2006, earning the “Best Sports Analyst” nod in 2009.
FOX Sports’ 2017 MLB postseason coverage beings Thursday, Oct. 5 with its first edition of the FOX MLB pregame show hosted by Burkhardt, with analysts Rodriguez, Hernandez, Ortiz and Thomas on FS1. Game coverage of the American League Divisional Series immediately follows on FS1.