Sorry, Reds fans: Thom Brennaman takes over broadcast booth

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It seems like a big step down from that high horse he’s usually on, but Thom Brennaman will step into the Reds television booth on a full-time basis next season, replacing the retired George Grande.
Brennaman started out his career in Cincinnati and returned to work for the team in 2007. He had been doing about a quarter of the TV schedule since. Now Reds fans will get to listen to broadcasting’s biggest blowhard at least three times as frequently.
So, thanks for once again taking one for the team, guys. The rest of us were ecstatic upon realizing that we’d no longer have to listen to Jeff Brantley on ESPN when he went to work for the Reds in 2007. Because of his expanded role in Cincinnati, Brennaman is set to have a reduced presence on FOX, though he’ll still be taking occasional Saturday games.
Of course, if FOX is looking for a new No. 2 guy to plug in behind Joe Buck, Chip Caray is very much available.

Phillies to sign Drew Smyly

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Jon Heyman reports that the Phillies are going to sign pitcher Drew Smyly. Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philly reported last night that the team and Smyly were chatting.

Smyly opted out of his minor league contract with the Brewers yesterday after allowing seven runs on 10 hits and three walks with 18 strikeouts in 12.2 innings with Triple-A San Antonio and not getting a hint of a call-up to the big club. Earlier this year he pinched off an 8.42 ERA with a 52/34 K/BB ratio in 51.1 innings for the Rangers.

He’s basically a free pitcher for Philly, who could use an arm. If he works out, he works out. If not, no loss. Well, I suppose it’s possible there’d be one loss and some walks and hits in like, four innings, or something, but you know what I mean.