CJ is currently a baseball analyst for FOX Sports and CBS Sports Radio.
He was a first round draft choice (9th overall) of the Cincinnati Reds in 1994. During his 19-year career he also played for the Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, NY Mets, NY Yankees, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals. Additionally he spent 4 years pitching in Japan and South Korea. In 2012 he played the role of Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Dutch Leonard in the Warner Brothers Pictures film 42, which chronicled the life of Jackie Robinson.
Since retiring in early 2013 Nitkowski has worked as a studio analyst, writer and in game color analyst for MLB.com, MLB Network, ESPN.com, Baseball Prospectus, SB Nation, Sports Illustrated, the Associated Press, CBS Sports Network, and the NY Yankees Radio Network.