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John Smoltz joins TBS as announcer, but still not officially retiring

Mar 16, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

Turner Sports announced that John Smoltz has joined the TBS broadcast team as an analyst for their Sunday afternoon games and select Braves games.
Smoltz joins a lineup of color commentators that includes Ron Darling, Buck Martinez, David Wells, and Dennis Eckersley, with Ernie Johnson, Brian Anderson, and Dick Stockton filling play-by-play duties. Chip Caray’s name is nowhere to be seen, thankfully.
On the surface the new gig seemingly means Smoltz is retiring, but he talked previously about wanting to join a team at midseason if he plays in 2010 and it’s possible that the announcing job is just something to do while passing the time (or a way to gauge whether he’s truly ready to call it quits).
Smoltz was terrible after signing with the Red Sox last season, getting released after going 2-5 with an 8.32 ERA in eight starts, but then had a 4.26 ERA and excellent 40/9 K/BB ratio in seven starts after joining the Cardinals.
His overall ERA was ugly, but his 73/18 K/BB ratio in 78 innings overall and strong stretch-run performance certainly suggest that he’s still capable of getting big-league hitters out as a back-of-the-rotation starter or reliever. And if not he’ll probably be making a speech in Cooperstown five years from now.

  1. Old Gator - Mar 16, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    I think it goes without saying that at this stage, I’d much rather listen to Smoltz doing game color and waiting five years to hear him at Cooperstown than to watch the shell of a once dominant pitcher used to root against so enthusiastically getting lit up like he did with Boston. I watched Willie Mays play on his last legs. I watched Louis Gonzalez slog out his last playing year down here. It ain’t that pretty at all. Two career re-inventions and a handful of comebacks from potentially career-ending injuries to go along with Smoltz’s record is still a magnificent legacy to carry into the sunset.

  2. YANKEES1996 - Mar 16, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    If John Smoltz taking a job at TBS as an analyst was responsible for Chip Caray being dropped from their broadcast team then all I have to say is…..THANK YOU John Smoltz!

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