The John Smoltz Pitching Symposium
However, dude may actually be a better analyst.
Marmaduke has been the keynote speaker every night during the MLB post-season, and his insights into pitching continue to flow freely.
Listen to this dude drop some baseball science in the studio:
Many game and studio analysts are hit or miss, and there are numerous examples of a former player who clearly understands the game but can't quite articulate the knowledge.
Paging Cal Ripkin ...
Of course, you should never assume that a great player automatically possesses knowledge of his particular sport.
Would Joe Morgan please pick up the red courtesy phone?
Harold Reynolds, your dry cleaning is ready.
Professor Smoltz provides a glimpse into the mind of the pitcher and is able to explain these concepts in a way us dopey lay people can understand.
It's sorta like listening to Pete Rose explain hitting, only a bit more coherent and with significantly less slapstick.
Smoltzie has been a welcome addition to the booth and will hopefully remain there indefinitely.
After the World Series, make sure to check him out at a university near you, where he will be guest lecturing.