Analyst John Garcia says ‘It was just a game’ for him as he enters ‘precocious’ age of 70
The Atlanta Braves’ John Garces is heading into a new era as an analyst.
The 40-year-old baseball expert is the third-highest paid baseball analyst in the league, earning $1.2 million per season.
But Garces has always maintained that he’s not looking to be a star, and his focus is simply on making the best use of his talents.
“It was a great opportunity,” Garces told ESPN.
“It’s been an honor to work with the people that I have been working with.
It’s just been a great job.
I’ve enjoyed it.
I know how lucky I am to have this opportunity, and I just want to enjoy it.”
Garces’ contract extension with the Braves will pay him $1 million per year through 2021.
He’ll make a base salary of $400,000 per year and can opt out at any time.
He could be the first analyst to opt out of his contract after this season.
The Braves announced that Garces will earn $100,000 in 2017 and $150,000 next year.
Garces spent most of his professional career as a broadcaster and analyst for the Atlanta Braves.
He was the Braves’ baseball operations manager from 2006 to 2010.
He’s been with the team since 2012 and has served as a baseball analyst on the broadcast network for more than 10 years.
Garcia has been named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s “Sportsman of the Year” six times, the first person in baseball history to win the honor twice.
He retired from baseball in 2009, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Excellence in 2011.