J.T. Snow Excited About Pac-12 Baseball
Ted Robinson used to talk about J.T. Snow. Now, Robinson is going to talk with J.T. Snow.
Robinson was a radio announcer for the San Francisco Giants when Snow was playing first base for them from 1997-2001. Now, Robinson and Snow are getting together as a baseball broadcast team for the Pac-12 Networks. The first live event is scheduled for March 10, when USC visits UCLA. Robinson and Snow will be on hand to kick off the coverage.
“He was always a really respected guy from the players,” Snow said of Robinson. “Ted was always right on. If he needed a little info, players were willing to give it to him because he was a solid, stand-up guy.”
Snow actually knew Robinson before his professional playing days. Robinson was good friends with Snow’s father, Jack, who was a player and broadcaster with the St. Louis Rams.
“He’s one of those guys that if I don’t see him for three or four years, we talk and it’s like I just saw him yesterday,” Snow said. “I think we’ll have good chemistry together. We’re pretty in tune with all sports. When I was playing with the Giants, we’d always talk football or college basketball. I think it’s going to be really smooth.”
Snow played his college ball at the University of Arizona, which won the College World Series last season. Snow said he’s followed college baseball passionately since he left college, especially the Pac-12. That passion should be evident in his broadcasts.
“I’m a huge fan of college baseball,” Snow said. “I’m super excited to get this chance. I follow most of college baseball throughout the season. I’m always rooting for the Pac-12.”
Snow played three seasons at Arizona before getting drafted in the fifth round of the 1989 Major League Baseball draft in the fifth round by the New York Yankees. He also spent time with the California Angels and Boston Red Sox.
Snow said Arizona’s run to last year’s NCAA title allowed him to re-connect with his Wildcat alumni and teammates, such as Terry Francona, Trevor Hoffman, Scott Erickson and Kevin Long.
“Everyone is pretty passionate about where they went to school,” Snow said. “The guys in the clubhouse would always be bragging about their school, wearing a hat or a T-shirt. Whenever the College World Series was going on, it would be on every day in the clubhouse. Looking back, those were the best three years of my life.”
With five teams ranked in the Baseball America preseason top 25, the Pac-12 once again figures to be one of the strongest conferences in the nation this season. The conference traditionally produces some of the best teams in the country on a yearly basis. The Pac-12 has won four of the past eight national championships.
“The weather is a big draw,” Snow said. “When I took my trip to Arizona, it was 80 degrees every day and everyone was wearing shorts and a T-shirt. And if you’re a high school kid with aspirations of becoming a major-league player, there’s no better place to be than the West Coast. The scouts are all out here.”
Pac-12 Networks will broadcast 30 live conference baseball games this season, including at least seven matchups featuring Snow's Wildcats.