Originally Posted by Matt700wlw
Thom and Jeff are new.
If the team is better, the broadcasters reflect it...they don't create the reality, they reflect it.
The team stinks, and they're frustrated just like we are.
I'm sure they are. I understand that but I think that the average fan still considers Marty the 'announcer' for the Reds and the rest of the broadcast team as simply backup. And, truthfully, I think it's been that way since Joe left so it's not all Marty's fault in that regard. But, if you're gonna reshape this team you really need to get Marty out of there because there is no way that Marty will be objective or fail to denigrate the team on the air.
I have Extra Innings and so I get all of my broadcasts of the Reds from TV. I would extend my thoughts on replacing the broadcast team to Welsh and Grand as well. I've heard Thom on the TV from time to time (he's on tonight) and I've not been impressed. I wasn't impressed with him at Arizona either. He's pretty mundane if you ask me and, with all due respect, he doesn't call a game as well as his dad (when his dad bothers to call one anymore).
As for Jeff Brantley I think I've only heard him once or twice so I don't really have an opinion on him.