John Smoltz, a baseball Hall of Famer and one of the game’s most successful postseason pitchers during his tenure as a Brave, debuted with Joe Buck as Fox’s primary color analyst for the World Series this week.
Here are some comments about Smoltz in the broadcast booth, as found on Twitter:
Scott Van Pelt of ESPN: “Smoltz is so good. Constantly enlightening.”
Bruce Feldman, a college football writer for FoxSports.com: “First time really listening to john Smoltz. So insightful. He’s fantastic.”
Travis Haney, formerly of ESPN and a former Braves beat writer for the Augusta Chronicle: “John Smoltz on pace to become first analyst to ever win World Series MVP.”
Mark Zuckerman, Washington Nationals writer for MASNsports.com. “John Smoltz is insightful, prepared and likeable. Really glad he’s calling the biggest games of the season.”
Jonathan Jones, national NFL writer for @SINow: “Smoltz is so good s a color guy. He helps you understand the game as well as Gruden with none of the hyperbole.”
Tracy Ringolsby, columnist for MLB.com and Baseball America: “You knew John Smoltz had a great grasp for game with way he pitched. Now, to hear him explain game on telecast underscores his knowledge.”
Troy Renck, writer for Broncos Insider, formerly a Rockies and Broncos beat writer for Denver Post: “Smoltz fantastic as analyst. Listening to him on baseball and (Phil) Simms on NFL, um, well there’s reason watching more baseball tonight.”
Drew F (@DrewGROF): “The one thing baseball twitter seems to agree on: John Smoltz is great.”
Michael Wilbon, co-host of ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption” (posted Oct. 19 during NLCS telecast): “I think I enjoy listening to John Smoltz as much as any baseball analyst I’ve ever heard.”
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