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    Kent Mercker joining the Reds Radio Crew

    He is going to be on the radio side this yr instead of being a pitcher for the Reds he is Goin gto be doing a fe iosated games like when marty would be alone or when Marty is off when Tom or Jeff os on the TV side.

    His First gamke is Monday, March 30, 2009

    Marty mentioned this on are today (Sunday, March 29, 2009).

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    Re: Kent Mercker joining the Reds Radio Crew

    This is exactly what the Reds need, yet another broadcaster.
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    Re: Kent Mercker joining the Reds Radio Crew

    Nice! I for one am really excited about this. Remember when they showed interviews he did with other players at GABP? He should be very entertaining. He seems like a natural.

    I'm just not sure they'll be able to get him much air time with all the other announcers (like redsfanmia alluded to) but I hope he works out as well as I expect him to.

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    Re: Kent Mercker joining the Reds Radio Crew

    This could be fantastic! Has anybody ever heard him on a Mic? He's hilarious!! He could be our answer to Bob Uecker.

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    Jim Kelch should get another chance, I liked him.

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    Re: Kent Mercker joining the Reds Radio Crew

    Quote Originally Posted by gedred69 View Post
    This could be fantastic! Has anybody ever heard him on a Mic? He's hilarious!! He could be our answer to Bob Uecker.

    "juuuust a bit outside."

    I always liked to read interviews with him - he didn't seem to take himself too seriously. One thing is for sure. He most love the game and wants to be around it. He has to for all he had to endure to come back from injury the way he did over his career.

    I, for one, will be interested in how he does. He could be great.

    He'd almost have to be better than Cowboy
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    Re: Kent Mercker joining the Reds Radio Crew

    Quote Originally Posted by phantomo88 View Post
    Jim Kelch should get another chance, I liked him.
    Agreed, I thought he was very solid.

    And for the record, I don't hate George Grande, he may be a bit goofy, but all in all he is a nice guy. He's not THAT bad.

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    Re: Kent Mercker joining the Reds Radio Crew

    Quote Originally Posted by JBChance View Post
    "juuuust a bit outside."

    I always liked to read interviews with him - he didn't seem to take himself too seriously. One thing is for sure. He most love the game and wants to be around it. He has to for all he had to endure to come back from injury the way he did over his career.

    I, for one, will be interested in how he does. He could be great.

    He'd almost have to be better than Cowboy
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    Re: Kent Mercker joining the Reds Radio Crew

    How many broadcasters do we have now? 26?

    Are they trying to phase out Grande and Welsh? Not that I dislike either, but with Thom, Mercker, Brantley, and Papa Brennaman around, we just can't possibly give all these people the mic time they probably deserve.

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    Re: Kent Mercker joining the Reds Radio Crew

    Quote Originally Posted by BearcatShane View Post
    Agreed, I thought he was very solid.
    I live in the Louisville area and when I listen to bats games, I can't help but think how much better he is then the Cowboy. I believe that he has done play-by-play for the bats since 1989. If they do not resign Marty, I hope they bring him up!

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    Re: Kent Mercker joining the Reds Radio Crew

    Quote Originally Posted by DaytonFlyer View Post
    How many broadcasters do we have now? 26?

    Are they trying to phase out Grande and Welsh? Not that I dislike either, but with Thom, Mercker, Brantley, and Papa Brennaman around, we just can't possibly give all these people the mic time they probably deserve.
    162 Radio Games....

    145 FSN TV Games....

    That is 297 Broadcasts Total. When FSN expanded their broadcast schedule, Grande and Welsh did not want to do the additional games. Thom does the Saturday Fox game of the week. Merker is probably just a part-time guy to fill in the voids... but who knows, may there will be a few games with 3 guys in the booth.
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    Re: Kent Mercker joining the Reds Radio Crew

    Far as I have heard....Jim Kelch will still do "fill-in" work for a few games....looks like Mercker is being used a filler for days off for Brantley....though I dont understand why we do need another broadcaster---if it has to be, Merck is a good choice.

    Listening today, sounds like Mercker needs to drop the "uhhhs" and "you knows" and loosen up a little...

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    Re: Kent Mercker joining the Reds Radio Crew

    I recorded the Reds game Monday on XM Radio. I thought Kent did a very good job with great insite.
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    Re: Kent Mercker joining the Reds Radio Crew

    Quote Originally Posted by gedred69 View Post
    This could be fantastic! Has anybody ever heard him on a Mic? He's hilarious!! He could be our answer to Bob Uecker.

    Listened to the Thom/Mercker ST broadcast yesterday. Mercker was incredibly disappointing. Flat and nervous sounding. And touched on every cliche in the book. Sounded afraid to say something the least bit controversial or opinionated. About what I suspected.

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    Re: Kent Mercker joining the Reds Radio Crew

    Give him time he was nervous.He will be OK.


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