March 1, 2011
Fox Sports Ohio announced its full 145 game Cincinnati Reds schedule yesterday. Between ESPN and the MLB Network, 10 additional games can be added to that list of 145, giving us 155 games of the Reds on TV this year.
As previously announced, Thom Brennaman will continue to serve as the main play by play voice for the majority of FOX Sports Ohio Reds telecasts, sitting alongside lead color analyst Chris Welsh. Color analyst Jeff Brantley will also return to the booth throughout the season, and Jim Kelch will take on an expanded play by play role. FOX Sports Ohio is excited to welcome former Red Sean Casey to the broadcast team, and fans can look forward to Casey calling approximately 15 Reds games this season. George Grande has also volunteered to return to the broadcast booth, and fans can expect to hear him on a select number of games.
FOX Sports Ohio will continue its comprehensive pregame coverage of the Reds all season long with the return of Reds Live featuring co-hosts Day and Piecoro and feature reporter Brian Giesenschlag. The pregame edition of Reds Live, presented by Ray St. Clair Roofing, will once again provide fans with commentary, features, and in-depth pregame coverage of the Reds 30 minutes prior to every game telecast. Immediately following the final out of each game, the post-game edition of Reds Live, presented by Kings Honda, will feature highlights, player interviews and analysis.
Behind-the-scenes on all of FOX Sports Ohio’s Reds productions are producer Christian Roberts; directors Brian Hunterman and Roy Alfers; and Reds Live producer Kent Weaver.
The schedule does not include high definition (HD) telecasts. The release of the complete Reds schedule including HD is forthcoming.
That last bit strikes me as a little odd. Last year, all of the broadcasts were simulcast in HD. I hope that will remain the same again this year.
The full FS Ohio schedule is available here.
March 1, 2011
The Cincinnati Reds rested practically all of their starters yesterday, and it showed, as the Cleveland Indians scored 12 runs to their 0. The Reds played poorly in more ways than just the offense, with the defense committing five errors, and all but two pitchers allowing runs. They certainly got their work in.
The Reds split their squad tomorrow, sending one group to face the Los Angeles Angels and the other to face the Oakland A’s. Mike Leake will start against the A’s, while Johnny Cueto will battle the Angels’ Jared Weaver. Both games start at 3:05pm EST, but the one against the Angels will be televised on the MLB Network.
Phillips Wants to Stay in Cincinnati
While Joey Votto is interested in keeping his options open, Reds second-baseman Brandon Phillips has decided he’s where he wants to be. He came out a couple days ago and had the following to say about the possibility of a contract extension.
“I want to stay here. I love it here. Love the city of Cincinnati. I love the fans. The Reds gave me a second chance to come here and live my dream. I’ve been blessed. I want to give back to the city. I want to be the type of person Barry Larkin was to the city. It would be nice to be here for the rest of my career.”
The Reds will have to evaluate the amount of increased revenue from being a winning and more entertaining team and balance that against future commitments and the possibility of saving money by using one of their touted prospects. By coming out like this, Phillips puts the onus of responsibility on the Reds. If a deal doesn’t get done, the team is more likely to look bad than him. Not that he could ever look too bad with that excellent smile of his.
Phillips’ current contract ends after this season, but there is an option for 2012 at $12 million.
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Both the Indians and the Reds lost franchise heroes over the off-season, and both were honored before the game yesterday and will be throughout the season. In front of the Indians’ dugout is painted a giant 19, for Bob Feller. In front of the Reds’ dugout is a 10 for Sparky Anderson.