To those who track Twitter on a consistent basis, it comes to no surprise that Harold Reynolds isn’t well-liked for his commentary inside the Fox broadcast booth.
And if you weren’t already cognizant of the venom many possess for Reynolds as a broadcaster, it was perhaps the easiest observation to take away from tracking Twitter during Tuesday’s All-Star Game.
The way in which he was ripped apart for his constant erroneous statements made the often-criticized Joe Buck look like Vin Scully for at least one summer night in Cincinnati.
Retweet this if you rather see Vin Scully doing this game instead of Harold Reynolds. #ASG15
— Max Wildstein (@MaxWildstein) July 15, 2015
Harold Reynolds is making me appreciate Pierre McGuire.
— Winging It In Motown (@wingingitmotown) July 15, 2015
Next baseball-related thing that needs a clock: Harold Reynolds. He gets 10 seconds per inning to talk. Because I'm feeling generous.
— Chad Finn (@GlobeChadFinn) July 15, 2015
Harold Reynolds provides cutting-edge insight to enhance the viewing experience, said nobody ever.
— Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) July 15, 2015
Harold Reynolds: The stars on the jersey represent how many ASG's you've been to Cameraman: *pans to Kris Bryant's jersey which has two*
— Wes Yee (@WesYee) July 15, 2015
you have to assume harold reynolds asks himself "what did i just say" after every sentence he ever says
— Lana Berry (@Lana) July 14, 2015
After reading all these tweets and many more, you have to imagine that Fox Sports executives are cringing at the thought of having Reynolds go through such criticism for a third straight All-Star Game next year.
The only way to make it end is by removing him from the number one announcing crew.
It’s something that Fox should do at the end of the 2015 season in order to restore some credibility to its coverage of America’s National Pastime.
With that being said, it’s time to promote MLB Hall of Famer John Smoltz to Fox’s “A” team.
After this season, he’ll have two years under his belt with the number two MLB on Fox game crew, and he previously served as one of two lead game analysts (the other being Ron Darling) for TBS’ coverage of the postseason from 2010-12.
It’s why he no longer deserves to be relegated to number two status, and honestly should have never been placed behind Reynolds on the pecking order of Fox game analysts.
Reynolds had never called a playoff series prior to the NLDS between the Cardinals and Dodgers with Fox’s all-sports cable channel Fox Sports 1 in 2014.
His inexperience outside of the warm confines of a TV studio showed in his first year behind the mic, and he has yet to show significant strides.
While this is the case, Sports Illustrated MLB writer and MLB Network insider Tom Verducci, the other analyst for MLB on Fox’s top broadcast crew, has grown into his role alongside Reynolds and go-to Fox Sports play-by-play man Buck.
He has made the transition from journalist and on-field reporter to the booth look seamless, and appears to have locked up a spot alongside Buck on Fox Sports’ marquee baseball properties for as long as he desires.
The same can’t be said with Reynolds’ now year and a half stint as a color commentator.
He should be on the way out at the end of the season and relegated to studio analysis, which he’s received more favorable reviews for throughout his nearly two decade-long broadcasting career, which started out at ESPN in 1996.
Out with Reynolds and in with Smoltz, who saved 154 games in his legendary career with the Atlanta Braves.
Now, it’s time for him to record one final save: Fox Sports’ coverage of marquee MLB action.