Thom to become Pencil Dick Grande's replacement

The wait is over. This is the best offseason move that the Reds have made in some number of years. Thom Brennaman has been named the replacement for the incumbent (and intolerable) George Grande in the FSN Ohio television booth.

Thom Brennaman tells me that he’s cutting back on his Saturday Fox TV commitments next year to become the Reds primary TV announcer. Brennaman will replace George Grande, who retired in October after 17 seasonswith the Reds. Thom will do about 100 Reds games for Fox Sports Ohio, as Grande did, plus a handful of radio games with his father, Marty.

“I’ll do some radio – five or 10 games – just to be able to do some with my dad,” says Brennaman, 46, who returned home to the Reds before the 2007 season after 17 years doing Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks games. He started his baseball career in 1988 as the main Reds TV announcer, with analyst Johnny Bench, at WLWT-TV (Channel 5), for two seasons.

This is solid right here. Chris Welsh and Thom Brennaman make me feel like I’m watching a championship club, even when we’re in 5th place every year. Thumbs up to the Reds for not hiring those stiffs Kelch or Dan Hoarde. Everyone was pushing so hard for Hoarde….. WHY? If Dan Hoarde could do it, I could do it. Guy brings nothing to the table (no offense).