Michele Smith to be analyst on TBS' baseball game

Former Oklahoma State softball standout will work with Ernie Johnson and John Smoltz on Dodgers-Braves telecast Sunday
by Mel Bracht Published: August 17, 2012
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Two-time Olympic softball gold medalist Michele Smith will be an analyst on TBS' Sunday baseball game as the Atlanta Braves host the Los Angeles Dodgers at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Smith, a former Oklahoma State standout, will join Ernie Johnson and John Smoltz in the booth for the entire game.

Smith, who also serves as an ESPN softball analyst, pitched to TNT analyst Charles Barkley in Oklahoma City during the NBA Western Conference Finals. Barkley managed only a few weak foul balls for the segment that aired on the TNT pregame show.

SHORT TAKES

— The defending national champion Baylor women's basketball team will make two appearances against potential top-10 teams on ESPN2's ”Big Monday” schedule: at Connecticut on Feb. 18 and at Oklahoma on Feb. 25.

— ESPN football analyst Jon Gruden, who turned 49 on Friday, is profiled on the next edition of HBO's “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” which debuts at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Going to work at 4 a.m. each day, Gruden watches hours of game and practice film. His dedication to his new profession has paid off with a recent five-year extension and a broadcasting portfolio that includes the series “Jon Gruden's QB Camp.”

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by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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