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.
In October, TBS will exclusively televise the American League (AL) and National League (NL) Wild Card games and will once again provide coverage of all four MLB Division Series (DS) and exclusive coverage of the American League Championship Series (ALCS). TBS has broadcast MLB games for more than 30 years, including the MLB Division Series (DS) and one League Championship Series (LCS) since 2007, and was the home of Atlanta Braves coverage from 1977 to 2007.
The network will announce future games on its schedule coinciding with its selection windows. The games included in the TBS MLB package will not be televised in the team's home television territory.