Ex-Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez breaks silence on San Francisco robbery

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In town broadcasting a Giants-Phillies game, Rodriguez elected to park his auto on the 400 block of Brannan Street, about three blocks away from Oracle Park.

Rodriguez said in a statement Monday he was encouraged that police had security-camera video of the crime.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, on Sunday night, someone smashed into the black Nissan SUV that ESPN had rented for Rodriguez and other members of the production staff. He also said the department's burglary unit is handling the investigation.

While the publication claimed the items were worth over $500,000, the 44-year-old's rep insisted the value had been "grossly exaggerated".

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ESPN said it was working with local authorities.

The missing goods included jewelry and electronics, The San Francisco Chronicle reported, citing sources familiar with the investigation. According to police, there were 11,269 reports of break-ins - an average of 62 per day - in San Francisco during the first half of the year.

ESPN hired Rodriguez as a color analyst past year.

New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez pauses during a news conference, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, in New York, after announcing that Friday, Aug. 12, will be his last game as a player. Fortunately, Mendoza appears to be recovering well, with Ben Cafardo, ESPN's communications director, saying that the hope is she'll be able to broadcast the Little League Classic next Sunday between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates in Williamsport.

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