ESPN will be without a familiar face in its baseball coverage next season.
Former MLB first baseman Mark Teixeira announced on Tuesday that he will forego the final year of his contract as a baseball analyst for the network.
Instead, Teixeira said he plans to finish his bachelor’s degree at Georgia Tech – where he attended when he was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2001 – and move back with his family in Texas as he focuses more time on investing and philanthropy. His last day is Feb. 28.
Teixeira, who played for the Yankees, Rangers, Angels and Braves during a 14-year career, joined ESPN as an analyst in February 2017 following his retirement after the 2016 season.
The 40-year-old was a regular on “Baseball Tonight” the past four seasons and made appearances on other shows as well.
Whether or not Teixeira will be replaced remains to be seen. Recent reports of a new TV deal between MLB and ESPN would scale back the amount of national weekday games, which could mean less baseball coverage during the week as a whole.
Teixeira did not say whether or not he plans to return to working in TV or media.