Frank Thomas to serve as analyst on MLB on FOX

Former Auburn slugger Frank Thomas will serve as an analyst on MLB on FOX this season. (Credit: Auburn Athletics)

AUBURN – Former Auburn star and baseball Hall of Famer Frank Thomas is one of four former major leaguers who will serve as analysts on MLB on FOX this season, FOX Sports announced Monday.

The MLB on FOX pregame show returns to the FOX Network Studios in Los Angeles for the first time since the 2012 season, and precedes most Saturday telecasts on FOX Sports 1. Kevin Burkhardt will be the studio host during the regular and entire postseason alongside a rotation of analysts including Thomas, former Dodger great Eric Karros, World Series Champion Gabe Kapler and former Reds pitcher C.J. Nitkowski. The pregame show premieres Saturday, April 5 (11:30 a.m. – noon CT) on FOX Sports 1.

Play-by-play broadcaster, Joe Buck, the voice of MLB on FOX since its inception, will be joined by analysts Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci as the new lead game broadcast team for MLB on FOX, FOX Sports president Eric Shanks and executive vice president of programming John Entz announced.

Reporters Ken Rosenthal and Erin Andrews join the team throughout the regular season, All-Star Game and postseason, including the World Series. Kenny Albert and Thom Brennaman also are scheduled for play-by-play assignments this season.

“Replacing an icon is never easy, and there is no doubt Tim McCarver revolutionized televised baseball analysis,” Entz said in a statement. “We’re convinced that in teaming Joe with Harold and Tom, we’ve built a crew with an all new dynamic that is as fresh, informative, opinionated and very entertaining.  Each is extremely talented and brings a unique voice and role, and we look forward seeing this team’s chemistry develop throughout the season.”