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Smoltz joins broadcast booth, not retiring

March 16, 2010 at 7:33 PM

ATLANTA, March 16 (UPI) -- Pitcher John Smoltz says he is heading to the TBS broadcast booth to announce games this year but has not yet retired.

In a statement released Tuesday, the future Hall of Famer said he's keeping open the possibility that he could still pitch this year should a Major League team opt for his services.

The ex-Braves star's television deal includes serving as an analyst for Turner Broadcasting on its slate of nationally televised Sunday games, as well as on the MLB Network and for local Braves broadcasts from Peachtree TV.

"Joining Turner Sports' Major League Baseball coverage is a great opportunity for me to stay immersed in the game that I love and I'm really looking forward to this experience," Smoltz said.

Smoltz, an eight-time All-Star, pitched for Atlanta from 1988-2008, helping the Braves gain a World Series title in 1995 as well as National League pennants in 1991, '92, '96 and '99.

He played for Boston and St. Louis last year, compiling a 3-8 record and 6.35 ERA in 15 starts.

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