After much speculation about where future Hall of Famer and former Cardinals hurler John Smoltz would land in 2010, it looks like he'll be spending his summer with the Braves.
No, he's not going back to the Braves to pitch. He has joined the broadcast crew of cable/satellite television station TBS where he will serve as an analyst during the team's baseball broadcasts.
The network’s play-by-play announcers will be paired with Cy Young Award winner John Smoltz, who is joining the Turner Sports family this season, along with returning TBS analysts Ron Darling and Buck Martinez, TBS said in a release Tuesday.
Smoltz, who captured the Cy Young Award in 1996, will serve as a TBS analyst for the regular season, as well as the network’s coverage of the MLB Playoffs, TBS continued. Additionally, Smoltz will serve as an analyst for Braves games this season on Peachtree TV, alongside Johnson and 18-year Turner veteran Joe Simpson. Smoltz is no stranger to Turner Sports. The former eight-time All-Star was an in-studio guest analyst during the 2007 MLB Postseason on TBS and served as an analyst during the network’s coverage of the 2008 LDS. Previously, he served as an analyst for games on Peachtree TV while rehabbing an injury during the 2008 season.
“Joining Turner Sports’ Major League Baseball coverage is a great opportunity for me to stay immersed in the game that I love and I’m really looking forward to this experience," Smoltz said in the release. "Having worked with TBS and Peachtree TV before, I am thrilled about the start of the 2010 season."
Smoltz reportedly has an out in his agreement that would allow him to return to pitching if he so desires.