Fox Sports Names John Smoltz Lead MLB Analyst

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Hall of Famer John Smoltz has been promoted to Fox’s lead baseball analyst and will work alongside play-by-play man Joe Buck, displacing Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci.

Fox made the announcement Tuesday. Network spokesman Dan Bell said Fox was discussing different roles with Reynolds, who also works for the MLB Network, and Verducci, who also works for the MLB Network and Sports Illustrated.

Winner of the 1996 NL Cy Young Award, Smoltz was a first-ballot pick for the Hall this year. He has been a Fox analyst the last two seasons.

Reynolds and Verducci joined Buck in the booth in 2014, following the retirement of Tim McCarver.

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