Marquee Sports announced Wednesday that former Cub Dexter Fowler is joining the network as a studio analyst.
Fowler announced his retirement on Tuesday after a 14-year career in Colorado, Houston, St. Louis, Anaheim and, of course, Chicago.
Thanks to the fans.
Please look forward to future developments. pic.twitter.com/qZd84zge6Z
— dexfowler.eth (@DexterFowler) January 31, 2023
His two-year stint at Wrigley Field coincided with the franchise turnaround year of 2015, as well as the team’s legendary 2016 World Series run. And, let’s be honest, “match” greatly underestimates Fowler’s contribution. His on-field play earned him an All-Star nomination in 2016, and he hit home runs once in the NLCS and twice in the World Series.
You go, we go!
Thank you for making history with the Cubs and congratulations on your 14-year career in the big leagues.
enjoy retirement, @Dexter Fowler! pic.twitter.com/lEsqbk4wAo
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) January 31, 2023
As a Cubs fan, there aren’t really many ex-players Marquee can add, so consider actively seeking out pre- and post-game coverage and other studio shows. , this is a bit of an exercise, but stick with me.)
But Dexter Fowler? absolutely. Obviously, I’m just a fan, but Fowler’s two-year stint was enough to put him on my all-time favorites list. (And positionally speaking, there’s no contest as to who my favorite centerfielder is.) He just played a brand of baseball that was fun and smart. He does incredibly deep counts, makes highlight plays, and makes the occasional lead-off pop.
“Hi, my name is Dexter Fowler. You may remember me for highlights like leading in home runs in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series.”
*Studio audience applauds wildly and refuses to stop*
—Randall J. Sanders (@RandallJSanders) February 1, 2023
Fowler’s recent exposure to sports has always been a strong attribute possessed by analysts. Coupled with a prime clubhouse reputation and plenty of off-field perspective, Fowler should be fun to watch as he smashes a team trying to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2020.
From the marquee release:
Marquee Sports Network today announced the addition of 2016 World Series Champion Dexter Fowler as a Studio Analyst, primarily contributing to pre- and post-game coverage. Fowler is set to make his marquee debut tonight. Cubs 360 Announced at 6pm by Miller Lite.
Fowler announced his retirement yesterday after a 14-season major league career with the Rockies, Astros, Cubs, Cardinals and Angels. The outfielder played for the Cubs in his second season in 2015-16, serving as the team’s leading hitter and hitting a historic leading-hitter home run in Game 7 of his series at the 2016 Worlds. contributed to some of the biggest moments in franchise history, including.
“We are delighted to welcome Dexter Fowler to the Marquee Sports Network team,” said Mike McCarthy, General Manager of Marquee Sports Network. “We congratulate Dexter on his incredible career, highlighted by his integral role on memorable Cubs teams in 2015 and 2016, and look forward to being a part of the next chapter of his career. looking forward to it.”
If Fowler is as good as I predict, and interested in growing his media career, it’s no surprise to think he could have a role in more national outlets. But for now, this is good news for Cubs fans, a rare offseason acquisition that most would agree is positive.