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cincy09
10-25-2006, 09:27 PM
Didn't see this posted on Reds Live yet:

Per Enquirer



Jeff Brantley is the choice to be the third man in the Reds' radio booth.

An announcement could come shortly after the end of the World Series. Brantley, a former Reds reliever, is currently working the World Series for ESPN.

Brantley, 44, is expected to join Marty Brennaman and Thom Brennaman as part of the primary radio team. Thom is expected to work 45 games on the radio and 45 games on TV. Marty's longtime partner, Joe Nuxhall, will work six to 12 games. That will leave the bulk of the schedule to Marty Brennaman and Brantley.



Brantley could not be reached for comment. But two sources said the Reds and Brantley have agreed to a deal.

Reds chief operating officer John Allen said the search is "proceeding. I'm not going to comment publicly on candidates."

One of the other candidates for the job - former Reds catcher Joe Oliver - said Tuesday that he had not heard from the Reds in weeks.

Brantley has worked for ESPN since 2002, shortly after he retired following a 14-year big league career. Brantley has been a regular on Baseball Tonight as well as an analyst on games.

When the Reds announced that Steve Stewart's contract would not be renewed, team officials said they wanted a former player to provide analysis.

The job will also require some play-by-play. Marty Brennaman calls the first, second, fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth innings of games. The second announcer does play-by-play in the third, four and seventh innings.

icehole3
10-26-2006, 06:39 AM
me likey

lucky bugle boy
10-26-2006, 07:18 AM
I'm certainly willing to give him a chance. Things will definitely be different than what we've gotten used to the last couple of years. Whether it is a positive or negative change will be interesting to see.

Redsnake
10-26-2006, 08:18 AM
Brantley didn't hold back much when he was on BBT. I'm sure being on the radio he will be even more opinionated. I like the move as well.

steig
10-26-2006, 12:15 PM
I like the move. I think he and Marty will be very funny and critical together. I'm a fan of having a former player in the booth and I though Brantley was very good on ESPN. I wonder if they will try to include him in any of the tv games also because he does seem rather comfortable in front of the camera.

goreds2
10-26-2006, 12:57 PM
Every time I see him,I cannot get that ninth inning of game 1 of the 1995 LCS out of my mind. :(

(Brantley blew the win/save and we promptly got swept...... :bang: )

Rex Argos
10-26-2006, 01:36 PM
Not crazy about Brantley. At least with him on the radio, I won't have to look at that wacky Jheri curl.

jmac
10-26-2006, 09:11 PM
to me.....the thought is mr.c has went out and got 2 names from major networks for the broadcasts booth.if he does this for this for broadcasting...it makes you think he will make a bigger splash with the actual team !

HalMorrisRules
10-26-2006, 09:26 PM
Whenever I think of Brantley I remember a Sunday night game in the early 90's when he was still with the Giants. He was pitching against the Reds in a tie game. It was the bottom of the ninth and the bases were loaded. He threw ball four to walk in the winning run. The pitch was borderline and he didnt agree with the call and just slowly walked off the mound towards the dugout and the whole time he just glared at the umpire in such a way I have never forgotten it. Say what you want about him but he was such a competitor and I cant help but think he will bring some of that fire and conviction with him to the booth. By the way, in the article in the Post that Marc wrote, he said that the Reds were his childhood team and the Reds were his favorite team of the 5 he played for in his career. I'm sure he will work out just fine.

lo ryder
10-26-2006, 10:40 PM
Darn, does this mean my man Tracy is officially out of the running. Im crushed. :(

puca
10-27-2006, 07:23 AM
I hope he is better than he was on BBT. Man, was he awful. Of course that show jumped the shark long ago.

Gallen5862
10-27-2006, 10:36 PM
I am glad Brantley will be in the Broadcastbooth. He might also be able to help the pitchers as a unofficial pitching coach.

A-Dub
10-28-2006, 12:31 AM
Give me Thom Brennaman for all 162 games and I'm an orgasm waiting to happen all year long.

MaineRed
10-28-2006, 11:54 AM
I keep seeing that Thom is going to work 45 games on TV but I haven't seen anything about how the TV crew is going to be set up.

If Thom is in the TV booth, does that mean George isn't? Are George and Chris going to call the games Thom doesn't?

I'm sure it has been talked about but I missed it. Can someone fill me in?

dougflynn23
10-28-2006, 01:28 PM
Interesting tidbit of trivia....Who was Jeff Brantley's last manager in his MLB career? Jerry Narron.

fewfirstchoice
10-28-2006, 04:07 PM
Thom and Chris Welch are going to do 45 games together on TV and Chris and George Grande will do the other 100 games together on TV.

Chris will do all 145 games,Thom will do 45 with Chris, and George does 100 with Chris. This is how the TV schedule will work.

Redsfan08
10-28-2006, 07:55 PM
pretty cool

BoydsOfSummer
10-28-2006, 08:00 PM
Heck, hire a couple more and rotate them through. More variety means you don't get burned out on each of their little annoying sayings and quirks.

"Yer certainly right about that, Boyd!"

"High, hello and don't get used to me."

Raisor
10-28-2006, 08:13 PM
Heck, hire a couple more and rotate them through. More variety means you don't get burned out on each of their little annoying sayings and quirks.



Which is what the Braves do, and I think it works great.

Jpup
10-31-2006, 03:23 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2644616

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Reds have added former reliever Jeff Brantley to their broadcast team.

The former ESPN baseball analyst signed a four-year deal and will split time between radio and television broadcasts of Reds games.

Brantley was with the Reds from 1994 to 1997, and also pitched for San Francisco, St. Louis, Philadelphia and Texas. He had 172 saves in his 14-year career.

RFS62
10-31-2006, 03:59 PM
to me.....the thought is mr.c has went out and got 2 names from major networks for the broadcasts booth.


Yeah, I was thinking that too.

Redsland
10-31-2006, 04:01 PM
espREDS?

Matt700wlw
10-31-2006, 04:06 PM
Castellini's first comment:

"Wayne, if you can put together as good a team on the field the way John Allen has in our broadcast booths, we'll be in the World Series next year."

Superdude
10-31-2006, 04:06 PM
Darn, does this mean my man Tracy is officially out of the running. Im crushed.

Same here. If the radio booth was Marty and the Tracer, I'd probably tape every broadcast. That even sounds right...Marty and the Tracer. What were they thinking?

Danny Serafini
10-31-2006, 04:40 PM
The former ESPN baseball analyst signed a four-year deal and will split time between radio and television broadcasts of Reds games.

I wonder if this implies that Brantley will be on TV for the 45 games Thom Brennamen does radio for. It's going to be a complete mix and match this year.

Redsland
10-31-2006, 04:46 PM
We'll not be able to tell the broadcasters without a program.

Ron Madden
11-01-2006, 03:07 AM
Congrats to Jeff Brantley. I wish him well.

Thank God in heaven it's not Tracy Jones.

I still feel bad for Steve Stewert. I liked Steve and thought he did a fine job.

mth123
11-01-2006, 04:51 AM
Thank God in heaven it's not Tracy Jones.

Amen.

Cigar2
11-02-2006, 02:04 PM
This deal leads to question of what happens to BBTN and thier crew.

Since Harold was fired early this year for his off the field stuff. And Jeff doing the Reds games now. Who will they get to replace the losses.

BRM
11-02-2006, 02:49 PM
This deal leads to question of what happens to BBTN and thier crew.

Since Harold was fired early this year for his off the field stuff. And Jeff doing the Reds games now. Who will they get to replace the losses.

There will be plenty of former players they can choose from. They used Tino Martinez and Orel Hershisher quite a bit last year.

dabvu2498
11-02-2006, 03:05 PM
There will be plenty of former players they can choose from. They used Tino Martinez and Orel Hershisher quite a bit last year.

I also see an increased role for Orestes Destrade.