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.