I think Marty has indicated he would eventually like to move into a situation where he only broadcasts home games, as Vin Scully apparently does, if the Reds would agree to it.
He's also indicated he would have no problem eventually assuming a secondary role to Thom.
As for this deal big surprise, I don't think Marty will ever retire
Not only the team needs to be rebuilt but so does the broadcasting team.
I would have hoped that, if Castellini were serious about building a winner and putting his own mark on the Reds storied history he would also change the voice of the Reds. It's time to stop living in the past and wanting the Reds to be The Big Red Machine. That goes for the team, Marty and the fans.
Ought-Eight should have been about a new approach, a new manager and a new face/voice commentating to the fans. It appears that we've already missed the opportunity on one of those three----I'm not encouraged on the other two.
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.
Marty frustrates me at times, but he's one of the biggest reasons I became a hardcore Reds fan. Maybe he should attend a grumpiness-management program.
A funny thing about Marty this year is how he turned on Kyle Lohse. It used to drive me crazy last year when he'd do his on-the-air lobbying act for the Reds to bring him back. This year, when he inevitably regressed to the mean, he ripped him mercilessly.
". . . acquiring J. Blanton from Oakland for, apparently, Bailey/Cueto, Votto and a lesser prospect. I do it in a second . . . The Reds' equation this year is simple: Make Matt Belisle your #3 starter . . . trade for Blanton, win 85 or more, be in the mix all summer." - Paul Daugherty, Feb. 8, 2008
Great move for Marty Brennaman. Poor move for the Reds.
"The problem with strikeouts isn't that they hurt your team, it's that they hurt your feelings..." --Rob Neyer
"The single most important thing for a hitter is to get a good pitch to hit. A good hitter can hit a pitch that’s over the plate three times better than a great hitter with a ball in a tough spot.”
I think Marty's every bit as good at his job as Norris Hopper is at his.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
~ Mark Twain
I also want it to be known that I love Marty. Like many here, I grew up with that voice calling games for my beloved team. I have met Marty and was lucky enough to have a drink with him and talk Reds baseball. He is a great guy and I'm happy he's back for three more years.
I just wish he'd take it easy on some of our guys. That and I don't agree with many of his opinions on things lately. He's still a Hall of Famer and I wouldn't take anything away from him. I am genuinely proud that he's "our" anouncer and only hope we can put all of this losing crap behind us so we can truly enjoy Marty for what he is and that is one of the best in the business (when he's not cranky).
Bravo Marty! We got the best announcer in the game for another 3 years at least!
"Don't trust any statistics you did not fake yourself."--Winston Churchill