MLB People & Personalities: Blue Jays' Stroman Calls Out Eckersley
In Boston, Michael DePrisco noted Blue Jays P Marcus Stroman following his win over the Red Sox yesterday "took to Twitter to call out" NESN's Dennis Eckersley for comments he made on the air. Eckersley was critical of Stroman's celebration after striking out Red Sox 2B Eduardo Nunez in the sixth inning, calling it "tired." Stroman on Twitter "didn't hold back, calling him a 'clown' and a 'hypocrite'" (NBCSPORTSBOSTON.com, 6/23). Stroman added Eckersley's comments are "always trash" (BOSTONGLOBE.com, 6/23).
BLAST FROM THE PAST: In N.Y., Andrew Marchand noted YES Network is in talks with former Yankees manager Buck Showalter, who could "potentially do some games this season as YES expands its roster of talent with an eye toward possibly starting YES Radio and more Yankee-centric digital platforms." The net is also "protecting itself as Ken Singleton retired and unretired last year, while Al Leiter decided not to return and joined the Mets’ front office" (N.Y. POST, 6/22).
FEELING IT OUT: Alex Rodriguez said that he is "happy with the improvements he has made in his second year in the booth for ESPN’s 'Sunday Night Baseball,' but he is looking to get better during the second half of the season." Rodriguez said that the "biggest challenge has been learning when to join into the conversation with Matt Vasgersian and Jessica Mendoza, along with still discovering when would be the proper time to interject an anecdote about a player or manager" (AP, 6/24).
TRY & TRY AGAIN: Root Sports Northwest Mariners analyst Ryan Rowland-Smith after his baseball career ended in '14 had "reservations about pursuing a broadcasting career," as he "feared his Australian accent would be a deterrent." He also "wasn’t sure a network would want to hire a guy who only played four and half seasons" in MLB. However, he "frequently put himself out there, racked up 'reps,' and struck the perfect balance between being persistent and being annoying." Rowland-Smith now is a regular on the RSN's pre- and postgame shows (SEATTLETIMES.com, 6/23).