Vasgersian, Smoltz Part of MLB on Fox RosterDuo Will Call Games on Broadcast Network, FS1 3/10/2014 5:33 PM Eastern
Fox Sports has added to Matt Vasgersian and John Smoltz to its roster of national game-callers for its upcoming coverage of Major League Baseball.
Smoltz and Vasgersian join the on-air talent lineup that already includes Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci, reporters Erin Andrews and Ken Rosenthal, and play-by-play announcers Kenny Albert and Thom Brennaman.
“We are thrilled to add Matt and John to our arsenal of MLB on Fox broadcasters,” said John Entz, executive vice president, production and executive producer at Fox Sports. “Both are very well respected within the game, and each has a style that resonates with viewers.”
Vasgersian has called MLB and NFL on Fox telecasts and hosted Fox Sports’ national pregame show from the MLB Network studios in Secaucus, N.J. He continues to work in the booth and studio for MLB Network, and along with recently announced MLB on Fox lead game analyst Reynolds, has been part of the multi-Emmy Award winning program MLB Tonight.
Smoltz pitched more than two decades in the big leagues, primarily with the Atlanta Braves, earning eight All-Star selections and winning the Cy Young Award in 1996. He will continue his work as a game and studio analyst for MLBN and previously spent time in the booth for TBS during the network’s regular and postseason games. Smoltz made his television broadcasting debut in August 2008, and served as an analyst for 45 games during the 2010 season on Peachtree TV.
Fox Sports, under its new eight-year, multiplatform media rights agreement,with MLB, has added national cable and digital coverage to its portfolio, doubling regular-season exposures, mostly on Saturdays, from 26 to 52 combined on the Fox Broadcast and FSI, with 20 Saturday doubleheaders, 10 exclusively on Fox Sports and 10 split between FS1 and the broadcaster. For the first time ever, all regular season games, Division Series, League Championship Series, World Series games and the All-Star Game broadcast by Fox Sports are being streamed live via Fox Sports Go through participating video providers.