Former SF Giants star Hunter Pence to appear on NBCSBA in analyst role

It comes as no surprise that Hunter Pence’s retirement from baseball isn’t a traditional retirement.

Pence continues to find ways to stay busy and his latest venture, appearing on NBC Sports Bay Area’s Giants pre and postgame shows, will give him a chance to connect with fans in a new way.

Pence tweeted Monday that he’ll be joining the Giants’ pregame show ahead of the team’s matchup with the Texas Rangers. It’s unclear how many shows Pence will work this season, but targeting a fan favorite who brings an infectious energy to everything he does seems like a move that viewers will appreciate.

“I’m definitely having fun and I’m busy,” Pence said on NBCSBA’s Giants Talk podcast. “A lot busier than I ever thought I would be. I’m the hardest working retired guy I’ve ever met.”

Pence hosts a weekly podcast with The Athletic, appears frequently on Twitch streams and has noted that he’s staying active and getting outdoors as much as he can. He also said on the Giants Talk podcast that his affinity for practicing his swing hasn’t disappeared.

“I still will randomly be air practicing my swing in the elevator, working on my mechanics,” Pence said. “Not actually picking up a bat and swinging, but it’s like habit. It’s what I do. I’m a weirdo and I’m always thinking about hitting.”

Pence is expected to work alongside NBCSBA pre and postgame show host Greg Papa for shows on Monday and Tuesday this week.

Several other former Giants players have appeared on the pre and postgame shows this season including pitchers Shawn Estes and George Kontos and position players Randy Winn and Rich Aurilia.

Pence announced his retirement from baseball in September, 2020 a month after he was designated for assignment by the Giants. He spent parts of eight seasons with the Giants and finished his career as a four-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion.

“Giving it everything I had was my ultimate goal,” Pence said in an Instagram post. “Nothing can really prepare you for this part of your career when you have to say: I am retiring from baseball. I’ve given everything I possibly can to the game and it has given back to me tenfold.”

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Author: Kerry Crowley