It’s been a crazy last few days. I’m bogged down in an office move that has consumed all of my time and I have been unable to update the site since Thursday afternoon. My apologies.
Here’s a piece of news that I did not want to ignore. Michele Smith, a member of the ASA Sotball Hall of Fame and two-time Olympic gold medalist in 1996 and 2000 for USA Softball, will make history on Sunday becoming he first woman to analyze a Major League Baseball game on national television. She’ll join Ernie Johnson, Jr. and John Smoltz for the Sunday MLB on TBS game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Michele has TV experience having been an analyst for ESPN’s coverage of the Women’s College World Series.
On the local level, Suzyn Waldman is the analyst for New York Yankees radio broadcasts and she called play-by-play on YES Network.
We have the press blurb from Turner Sports.
Two-Time Olympic Softball Gold Medalist Michele Smith Joins “Sunday MLB on TBS” Broadcast Booth August 19
National League Showdown Features Dodgers @ Braves at 1:30 p.m. ET
“Sunday MLB on TBS” will welcome two-time Olympic softball gold medalist Michele Smith into the broadcast booth August 19 at 1:30 p.m. ET. Ernie Johnson will provide play-by play with analysts Smith and John Smoltz, two of the most successful pitchers of their generation, for a National League matchup featuring Matt Kemp and the Los Angeles Dodgers taking on Chipper Jones and the Atlanta Braves from Turner Field. Chad Billingsley (8-9) is scheduled to start for the Dodgers against Braves probable starter Mike Minor (6-9).
Smith, who also serves as an ESPN softball analyst, was inducted into the ASA Softball Hall of Fame in 2006. She has played professionally in the Japanese Professional Softball League since 1992 and is an eight-time Japanese Pro League Champion and MVP.
I’m wondering if this is an audition for some possible postseason work. We’ll see.