Thom Brennaman Should Stop Broadcasting

Cincinnati has heard three key people call Reds games over the last 40 years, Joe Nuxhall, Marty Brennaman and most recently his son Thom Brennaman.

Marty Brennaman is an institution in Cincinnati, from his saying “this one belongs to the Reds” to his work within the community, Marty is a household name who everyone respects.

The problem here is Thom Brennaman. Everyone who has watched Reds broadcasts since 2007 knows who Thom is, he is the voice of the Reds on TV. Brennaman has seen his popularity within FOX Sports grow within the last 6 years, he know calls the game of the week for FOX and calls football in the winter.

Over his time as the voice of the Reds on TV Brennaman has made some questionable comments. Sunday in Cincinnati he seemingly stepped over the line and let his ego get the better of him.

The first mistake Brennaman made was saying “this guy sucks” in reference to Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke who was struggling in the game. Locke is having a spectacular year for the Pirates he is currently 9-2 on the season with a 2.11 ERA as well as the lowest ERA in baseball since April. By the way the Pirates won 3-2.

Brennaman definitely ate his words on that one, while he didn’t say it with the intention of it being heard on air his mic was still hot and that isn’t a good excuse.

The other comment(s) Brennaman made was in reference to Reds All Star 1st Baseman Joey Votto. The comments came after Votto grounded out into a double play in the 8th with the bases loaded, he did drive in a run. Phillips came to the plate and subsequently grounded out as well to end the inning.

Brennaman decided to take it upon himself to scold Votto for not capitalizing on the opportunity to score more runs. During the Phillips at bat Brennaman continued to berate Votto, it carried into the 9th where Brennaman continued to give his opinion on Votto not coming through in the clutch.

If memory serves me right Joey Votto is the former MVP and best first baseman in baseball, Thom has never played baseball anywhere close to professionally. Keep the comments to yourself Thom.

The ego of Thom Brennaman is reaching epic proportions. He know feels like he can manage the team from the press box as well feeling he can give Votto tips on hitting. It’s no wonder some players in the clubhouse aren’t huge fans of the Brennamans.

As a Reds fan hopefully Thom gets a full time job at Fox Sports 1, packs his bags and gets out of Cincinnati quickly.

Tags: Cincinnati Reds Fox Sports Reds Thom Brennaman

  • Jay Nesta

    Matt, couple of things. 1: Jeff “The Cowboy” Brantley is much more of an institution in Cincinnati than Thom, so I’m surprised you forgot to mention him. 2: Everyone makes mistakes (just like you did leaving out Brantley) so his quip about Locke, which was wrong I agree and the numbers don’t support it, shouldn’t be included in this. 3: Yes, Thom has a gigantic ego and at times it is quite preposterous. But that’s exactly why everyone loves his father. Marty says things that makes a fan’s hair stand on end, but that’s good radio. And good journalism. Nobody wants to hear 9 innings of Thom, Marty, The Cowboy or even Kelch drone on and on about how amazing Votto is. Yes, he’s the best first basemen in the league and a former (and hopefully future) MVP, but I challenge you to try and call 9 innings of baseball day in and day out and say the same old BS every time. Ain’t gonna happen. Marty is cynical. Thom is cynical. The Cowboy may be slightly mentally handicapped. These three are beloved in this town. Kelch is Mr. Nice Guy and that’s why the casual fan can’t even remember his name. You can and have done better than this story, and that’s coming from the former lead writer for this site.

  • jeff harris

    The only source of Thom B’s arrogance is from Marty B. He is very arrogant
    so the Apple did not fall very far. I cant stand the ” here we go again attitude ” they both have

    • ThomasNeidhart

      lol… it’s true. love the ol guy, but you nailed it.

  • johnvrouse

    At least these guys call it like they see it and don’t try to make excuses for these over paid MEN playing and KIDS game..

  • Reefer Man

    Thom Brenneman is truly one of the very worst announcers ever. I was stunned when I moved to Cincinnati & began listening to this guy regularly. He’s so unprofessional… You’d think being around announcing all his life because of his father would have instilled a bit of professionaism in him. He’s awful. It’s amazing his father made it into the Hall of Fame too. Marty Brenneman is a grumpy old man who is nothing but a Reds cheerleader & can’t maintain a drop of neutrality. Nobody needs a guy who rants when the Reds lose… You think Reds fans wanna hear a guy rip into his team every time they lose a game??? These dumb-ass Brennemans never even played serious baseball…. It really is pathetic if you ask me. Hall of Fame whiner…. and baby whiner Thom.