Have You Caught Kelch?
Have you been listening to Jim Kelch, the Louisville Bats announcer working with Marty Brennaman on Reds Radio this week?
I think he's doing a good job. I've got to admit I miss the strong opinions of Jeff Brantley (and Thom Brennaman too). Never thought I'd say this, but I miss the Brantley-isms ("right down Broadway" ... "throw him a cookie" ... "that one's going all the way to the wall"...). Though I still miss the Ol' Lefthander's balls to right-left-centerfield too.
Kelch does fine on play-by-play. And he's a nice conversationalist with Marty. In terms of Reds Radio fill-ins, I've liked Dan Hoard (very well prepared; Scully-like storyteller) and Chris Welsh (wish he did more radio). And I'd rate Kelch way ahead of Steve Stewart. (Didt Steve LaMar or Andy Mac ever fill in on radio? Maybe in spring training?)
Kelch, in his 20th season at Louisville, will do games on Wednesday; May 30-June 1; July 18-19; and Sept. 2-4; and Sept. 18-20.
What do you think of Kelch? (And do you have a favorite Brantley-ism?)