December 1, 2014 – MLB Network today announced that after a 14-year career, Carlos Pena has joined its roster of on-air talent as a studio analyst. Pena, who served as a guest analyst on MLB Network during the 2014 and 2009 Postseasons, will appear across MLB Network’s studio programming and make his debut on MLB Now and MLB Tonight this Thursday, December 4.
“I am thrilled to be joining MLB Network, working alongside many guys that I have gotten to know throughout my playing career. It’s an exciting opportunity and I’m eager to get started,” said Pena.
Pena, a 2009 American League All-Star and 2008 Gold Glove Award winner, hit 286 home runs and 818 RBI in his career. Pena hit more than 25 home runs in six different seasons, including 46 in 2007 when he won the Silver Slugger Award for American League first basemen as well as the American League Comeback Player of the Year Award. As a member of the 2008 American League Champion Tampa Bay Rays, Pena finished the season tied for the most home runs in the American League with 39. A first baseman and designated hitter, Pena broke into MLB and played this past season with the Texas Rangers (2001, 2014) and also spent time with the Oakland Athletics (2002), Detroit Tigers (2002 – 2005), Boston Red Sox (2006), Tampa Bay Rays (2007 – 2010, 2012), Chicago Cubs (2011), Houston Astros (2013) and Kansas City Royals (2013).