Smoltzie returns to Braves broadcasts

Smoltzie, probably the best baseball analyst working today, will join Chip and Joe for “select Atlanta Braves games during the season on FOX Sports South and SportSouth,” according to a press release that just landed in my inbox. Tom Glavine will also be returning for “select games,” though it’s unclear how many each will work….

Fox tone deaf in selecting McCarver’s replacement

I like Harold Reynolds. He’s affable — a little too affable, according to some female ESPN employees — and obviously loves the game. But insightful he’s not, and if you’ve ever watched his MLB Network show with Brian Kenny you know he makes an awful case for “old school” baseball thought (though mostly he seems…

Funny how Carlos Beltran gets lucky every October

The stat geeks mock the idea of a clutch performance, but it isn’t it more ridiculous to attribute the success of Beltran, who now has 16 HR and 31 RBI in 37 postseason games, to good fortune? I guess Smoltzie and Curt Schilling were just lucky, too. Then there’s Nick Swisher, batting .165 in 158…

Maddux slighted again, and was Smoltzie better than Glavine?

I’m thrilled that the last pitcher chosen in ESPN’s ranking of the 100 greatest players in MLB history is the perpetually underrated Knucksie, #100 overall. Not so much with the highest-ranked pitcher: Roger Clemens. ESPN cautions its list is a “judgment-free zone where Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and even Pete Rose are welcome.” (Rose debased the game but earned every one of his…