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    Brantley to replace Stewart?

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    Is Brantley next in Reds radio booth?

    Former relief pitcher interested in job

    By Marc Lancaster
    Post staff reporter

    If the Reds intend to hire a former player to sit alongside Marty Brennaman in the radio booth, they'll have at least one eminently qualified candidate.

    Jeff Brantley, a longtime major league reliever and ESPN analyst the past five years, is interested in the job and some involved with the search believe he may be the Reds' best choice to replace Steve Stewart.

    "If that situation presents itself, especially working with Marty, it'd be something I'd definitely have to consider," Brantley said Monday.

    The 43-year-old spent four of his 14 big-league seasons (1994-97) in Cincinnati. He led the National League with 44 saves in 1996 and was named the NL's Rolaids Relief Pitcher of the Year that season. He finished his career with 172 saves.

    Brantley retired after being released by the Texas Rangers in May 2001 and began working with ESPN later that year.

    Brantley's contract with the television network expires after this season, and he isn't planning to return. That would allow him to step in with the Reds, bringing more broadcasting experience than any of the other ex-players whose names have been bandied about since Stewart was told last month that his contract wouldn't be renewed.

    Reds chief operating officer John Allen said at the time that the team isn't locking itself into replacing Stewart with a former player, but the general consensus from inside the organization is that would be the preferred route.

    The idea is that someone who has played the game would be able to provide more expertise and first-person anecdotes than a professional broadcaster. But the breakdown of duties on the Reds' radio broadcasts makes it necessary that whoever is hired be able to do more than fill in the gaps.

    Brennaman will continue to call six innings of action, but Stewart's replacement will be on the hook for three innings of play-by-play. That requirement could eliminate any number of ex-Reds who may be interested, because the job is a lot tougher than it sounds - especially alongside Brennaman's Hall of Fame stylings.

    Brantley, though, would welcome the challenge. He said Cincinnati was his favorite place to play among the five big-league cities he called home. One of the reasons for that was a longstanding allegiance to the Reds from his days growing up in Alabama.

    "They were my favorite team when I was growing up," said Brantley. "Don Gullett was my hero. It took me a couple months to be able to tell him (after joining the Reds when Gullett was pitching coach) because I didn't want to sound like a brown-noser."

    Once the Reds determine who will step into the chair that for so long belonged to Joe Nuxhall, their next task will be working out a succession plan for Brennaman. He said upon signing his current contract, which expires after next season, that he would seek one more deal - probably for three seasons - before hanging it up as a full-time announcer.

    When that day rolls around, the Reds will have much bigger shoes to fill, but finding stability in the booth with this hire would help ease the transition.
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    Re: Brantley to replace Stewart?

    Thom Brennaman and Jeff Brantley for 2010.

    I'm ok with that.
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    Re: Brantley to replace Stewart?

    Does he have anything left in his arm?

    Could we stick him in the bullpen?

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    Re: Brantley to replace Stewart?

    I think Brantley says as many dumb things on Baseball Tonight as John Kruk, and when he has called a game, well, I really didn't like his style. One vote no here.

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    I'm confused. I thought Thom Brennaman was headed here for next year. Does this mean he may not be?

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    Re: Brantley to replace Stewart?

    his.... cadence........ really......... annoys.. me at times. I..... was...... hoping......... for Paul O'Neil.
    Suck it up cupcake.

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    Re: Brantley to replace Stewart?

    I'd be VERY dissapointed.

    It's not like Brantley has a rich history with this ballclub or anything.
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    Re: Brantley to replace Stewart?

    Quote Originally Posted by macro View Post
    I'm confused. I thought Thom Brennaman was headed here for next year. Does this mean he may not be?
    Don't tell Lance.
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    Re: Brantley to replace Stewart?

    Quote Originally Posted by TRF View Post
    his.... cadence........ really......... annoys.. me at times. I..... was...... hoping......... for Paul O'Neil.
    as slow as Jeff Brantley is, Paul O'Neill is Speed Racer.
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    Re: Brantley to replace Stewart?

    Quote Originally Posted by macro View Post
    I'm confused. I thought Thom Brennaman was headed here for next year. Does this mean he may not be?
    That appears to have only been a rumor. I'm not saying it couldn't happen, but I'm doubtful.

    As for Brantley, what little I've seen of him, I think he would be a terrible choice. Like any of those network guys, he strikes me as a blowhard.

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    Re: Brantley to replace Stewart?

    I like listening to O'Neill when he's on the Yankees broadcasts. He's got a lot of good insight, but doesn't act like a know-it-all because "he played the game."

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    Re: Brantley to replace Stewart?

    I don't enjoy listening to him on ESPN's broadcasts.

    Another No vote from me.
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    Re: Brantley to replace Stewart?

    Jeff Brantley Yippeeee... then the Reds can have their own version of Al Hrabosky.

    Oh joy, lucky, lucky us.

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    Re: Brantley to replace Stewart?

    While this is no endorsement of Brantley, you have to figure the producers at ESPN tell him to say a lot of the crap he spews. Perhaps he would have more freedom with the Reds.
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    Re: Brantley to replace Stewart?

    I'm not a big fan of Brantley. Personally, if you're going to give me a retired player, I'll take Al Lieter.
    Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.


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