On Monday ESPN announced that it has added two former big league managers to the Baseball Tonight desk. Former White Sox and Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen, as well as former Indians and Mariners manager Eric Wedge, will join the BBTN crew for the 2014 season.
ESPN also said Monday that perfect-game pitcher Dallas Braden is set to become a studio analyst for the nightly show.
The opinionated Guillen last managed with the Marlins in 2012. He will be part of the ESPN crew throughout the season and work with Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN Deportes.
Wedge will be on ESPN television and radio after managing Seattle last year. He is scheduled to make his debut Tuesday on a spring training game telecast.”
It actually sounds like Braden might be the one we see the most of as far as the nightly show that comes with highlights, “Web Gems,” and so on.
Of the group Guillen will get the most attention, mostly because there’s always a chance he’ll go off on a rant. That said, we saw Guillen do some work as an analyst previously and he was pretty measured and interesting to listen to.
This announcement comes shortly after ESPN re-branded its Sunday show to be called “Sunday Night Countdown.” As far as former players and coaches turned analysts can go, these seem like solid additions by the worldwide leader.