John Smoltz to Replace Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci in Fox's Lead Broadcasting Booth

Kyle Koster

Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci are being moved off of Fox’s marquee broadcasting team with Joe Buck and will be replaced by John Smoltz, according to a report in the New York Daily News. Reynolds and Verducci will continue to have roles either on location or in-studio.

Smoltz has been working with the MLB Network and serendipitously got a relief role in a World Series broadcast when Fox’s meltdown occurred during Game 1. I speak for most of the baseball-watching community when I say he’s a significant upgrade from Reynolds. It’s tough to imagine anyone shedding any tears over Harold’s brand of analysis getting shuttered. The only downside will be a less humorous Twitter experience.

Verducci’s exit, though, is another story. He was always thoughtful and brought a different voice to the proceedings than that of a former player. It was impressive to watch him juggle his television and writing duties without seeing either performance suffer.

A formal announcement of the changes is expected later this afternoon.

[New York Daily News]