John Smoltz is replacing Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci in the booth for next year. Yes, Joe Buck will still be there as the play-by-play guy, but this is still a definite improvement.
I’ve never been a fan of three-person baseball broadcast booths. And Reynolds just wasn’t good. A post on Awful Announcing suggests he’d be good as a studio analyst, but I wouldn’t even agree with that. He’s a younger Joe Morgan, as another Awful Announcing blogger notes, whether the “old-school” angle is real with him or just a schtick. And, as such, he’s worthless as a modern baseball analyst.
Yes, Joe Buck is still there. But, maybe he’ll eventually decide to move on to his first love, the NFL, as his only major sports focus. We can only hope, since Fox’s current contract just started in 2014. Maybe Ken Rosenthal can strangle him with one of his patented bow ties, and auction that one off for charity.