Secaucus, N.J., April 8, 2013 – World Series champion Cliff Floyd and World Series-winning coach and former All-Star Joey Cora have joined MLB Network as analysts, appearing across MLB Network’s programming. Floyd will debut Monday, April 15 on MLB Tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET and Cora will make his MLB Network debut on MLB Tonight on May 6.
Cora and Floyd join former Major Leaguers Larry Bowa, Eric Byrnes, Sean Casey, Darryl Hamilton, John Hart, Jim Kaat, Al Leiter, Mike Lowell, Joe Magrane, Jerry Manuel, Kevin Millar, Dan Plesac, Harold Reynolds, Billy Ripken, John Smoltz, Dave Valle and Mitch Williams as analysts at MLB Network.
Over a 17-year play career, Floyd batted .278 with 1,479 hits, 233 home runs and 865 RBI during his career as an outfielder and first baseman. Floyd was named to the National League All-Star team in 2001, when he batted .317 with 31 home runs and 103 RBI for the Florida Marlins. Defensively, Floyd led all National League outfielders with 15 assists in 2005 while with the Mets. Floyd was a part of four Postseason teams, including the 1997 World Series Champion Marlins. Floyd broke into MLB with the Montreal Expos (1993-1996, 2002) and also spent time with the Marlins (1997-2002), Boston Red Sox (2002), Mets (2003-2006), Chicago Cubs (2007), Tampa Bay Rays (2008) and Padres (2009).
Floyd’s previous experience in broadcasting includes serving as an expert host on “SiriusXM Fantasy Baseball” since 2011. Floyd also works as a pre- and postgame analyst for Marlins games on Fox Sports Florida and has worked an analyst on NBC Sports Network’s “SportsTalk.” Follow Floyd on Twitter: @Sleepy30.
As a player, Cora batted .277 with 1,035 hits, 624 runs scored and 294 RBI over his 11-year career. An American League All-Star second baseman with the Seattle Mariners in 1997, Cora batted .300 with 105 runs scored and 40 doubles, and also led all American League second basemen with 307 putouts. Cora was a member of four Postseason teams during his playing career, which included time with the San Diego Padres (1987-1990), Chicago White Sox (1991-1994), Seattle Mariners (1995-1998) and Cleveland Indians (1998).
Following his playing career, Cora managed in the New York Mets’ Minor League system before serving as third base coach and bench coach for the White Sox (2004-2011), including the 2005 World Series champion team. Cora also served as bench coach for the 2012 Miami Marlins.