The lure of family is expected to cost the Diamondbacks yet another original. Play-by-play voice Thom Brennaman has interviewed with Cincinnati about joining his father, Marty, as part of the Reds’ broadcast team, and if the sides can reach contract agreement the D-Backs will not stand in the way, team president Derrick Hall said.
“It’s home, and it’s dad. We don’t want to get in the way of that,” Hall said.
A decision could come shortly.
“There obviously is the unbelievable lure of working with your dad,” Brennaman said. “I’m enormously grateful that the Diamondbacks have allowed me to explore the chance.”
Brennaman, the voice of the D-Backs since their inaugural season, grew up in Cincinnati and was a regular at the park and in the clubhouse while his father called Reds games.
Brennaman did Reds games on TV with Johnny Bench for two years, but this would offer him a chance to occasionally work side-by-side with his father, who was elected to the Hall of Fame last season.
The Reds failed to renew the contract of Steve Stewart, who has teamed with Marty Brennaman the last three seasons. Brennaman has three years remaining on his D-Backs contract but was given permission to speak to the Reds because of the unique nature of the opportunity.
The D-Backs had not permitted other suitors to talk to Brennaman previously. “We’ve always said no and he’s always said no, but this is a special situation. Family comes first. That’s how we feel,” Hall said.