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RNR #14: A conversation with Reds broadcaster Chris Welsh

Reds broadcaster — and former Reds pitcher Chris Welsh — joins Bill for the latest edition of the Redleg Nation Radio podcast. In addition, Chad breaks down the questions facing the pitching staff, and offers yet another random Ten Second Movie Review.

Don’t miss the conversation with Chris Welsh. Good stuff.

Update from Bill: My recorder malfunctioned and I missed probably the last 15 or 20 minutes of our conversation. I want to publicly apologize to Chris and thank him for his time and also apologize to our readers.

Update II: One thing that did get cut off was Chris’ prediction on who would win the #5 job. He predicted that it would be Nick Masset and one of the reasons was because he’s out of options.

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17 thoughts on “RNR #14: A conversation with Reds broadcaster Chris Welsh

  1. This is a REALLY good interview, Bill. Nice work.

    And thanks to Chris Welsh for giving us the time and providing such candid answers.

  2. And for the first time in who knows how long, I’m marginally excited about this season. Welsh did a good job convincing me that there’s some chance they win more ballgames.

  3. Chris Welsh is awesome. He is, by far, my favorite TV announcer for the Reds. I will even say he rivals Marty.

  4. That was incredible. Best segment of the entire offseason. For me, his words simply reinforced the notion that WE (seriousminded Reds fans) are NOT crazy. It was heartening to hear Chris confirm much of what gets tossed around on this site, both statistically and observationally.
    And he really threw Dunn and Griffey under the bus. I guess where there’s smoke, there really is fire. To a lesser degree, he called out Dusty for batting Griffey 3rd all season (too chicken to bump him down–is that leadership from a manager?) and the upcoming season w/ Phillips in the 4 hole (even Brandon doesn’t want to hit there).
    All in all, this guy is a true pro who does his homework. We’re lucky to have him.

  5. Nice work, Bill! I’m loving these interviews. It’s pretty interesting to hear someone who seems both trustworthy and knowledgeable speak so bluntly about Dunn and Griffey.

  6. I’ve known Chris for a few years, he’s also a list member on my Reds Listserv List and he’s a great guy. He’s always been willing to give up some of his time for these fan based endeavors.

  7. Great interview! Great questions and great answers.

    I don’t get Fox Sports Ohio out here in VA so I rarely hear Welsh, but I’m really impressed w/ him. He’s smart and thoughtful in a way that not a lot of ex-players are.

    Nice job, Bill!

  8. Saying we have “3 centerfielders playing the outfield” is an interesting way to put it. That is kind of exciting.

    By the way, like Ben, I’m surprised how bluntly he slammed Dunn and Griffey. Interesting.

  9. I didn’t get the impression that he was slamming/ripping those two guys in the cheap-shot-now-that-they’re-gone way others might.

    That said, the only significant disagreement I’d have with Chris is that somehow “removing the cloud” caused by those two guys will somehow lead to a better team.

    Chris is a rational guy, and doesn’t spout a bunch of “grit” nonsense, so I give the statement more credibility than I ordinarily would. I’m more than willing to concede that the clubhouse will be “healthier” or more pleasant to be around. I just don’t see how that leads to more runs scored on the ball field (let alone the difference between Dunn and Taveras).

    I suppose we’ll see if EE comes out of his shell, but I honestly can’t think of anyone else who underachieved, but could blame it on the lack of veteran leadership.

  10. Re: Bill’s update

    I thought it cut off a little abruptly. I figured you started cursing uncontrollably again. đŸ™‚

  11. I do have that habit…

    I agree with Chris, I didn’t get the impression that Chris was popping on Griffey & Dunn at all. Just that he thought the clubhouse would have a more “all inclusive” atmosphere than it has in the past. Whether he wanted to be or not, Junior was the leader in the past, just because he was Ken Griffey Junior…

  12. To me, he alluded to the Dunn and Griff show in a way that was telling while not talking out of class. He gave them credit for putting in their work, but the way he said it, he trailed off, implying that there was still something lacking in their approach. But that goes for a lot of ballplayers with talent who can get by with doing less.

  13. He went farther than to say that Dunn and Griffey “got by with doing less”. He said that the clubhouse was awful and implied it was their fault. I don’t know one way or the other, and I’m a big Dunn fan so I don’t exactly want to believe it. I’ve always been sympathetic toward Dunn and skeptical of those who criticize him for not being “type A” enough. (I’m also not “type A” enough by some standards)… But Chris is an honest, rational, and knowledgeable guy, so his statements hold a lot of weight with me.

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  15. “Whether he wanted to be or not, Junior was the leader in the past, just because he was Ken Griffey Junior”

    ??
    Seems there are a lot of different definitions of leaders floating around.

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