I heard Marty Brennaman on XM Radio this morning, discussing all things Reds. As always, it was entertaining. The most interesting comments, unsurprisingly, were about Adam Dunn.

Marty began by criticizing Dunn for having the fewest RBI last season of anyone with as many HR has Dunn had. Then he began hammering Dunn for the strikeouts. This was all in the context of a discussion about what’s wrong with the Reds. Unreal. Not a word about Casey, mind you.

I’m a big fan of Marty Brennaman. I’ve been listening to him since I started following baseball in the 70s, and he can paint a picture with words better than anyone (with the possible exception of Vin Scully). He’s a Cincinnati institution, and I can’t imagine anyone else sitting behind that microphone.

But he’s not alone in this particular criticism of Adam Dunn. You know my opinion: Dunn is the one player on this team that is producing. He’s one of the handful of best players in the entire game. The pathetic performance of the Reds is not Adam Dunn’s fault. I shudder to think where we’d be without Dunn.

13 Responses

  1. Malott

    You know chad I used to love Marty too. However I used to love the Dukes of Hazzard, but I grew out of its childish humor. In Marty’s case I think I have grown out of his 1st grade understanding of baseball. Just because he has watched a Million baseball games, just means that he has watched a million baseball games, he doesn’t know diddly about what is a productive hitter.

  2. Chad

    I just bought Season 2 of the Dukes of Hazzard over the weekend.

    My love of Marty has nothing to do with his knowledge of the game; rather, it has to do with his competence as a broadcaster. He’s just good at describing baseball games over the radio.

  3. Brian Erts

    Marty is the least of my Reds problems now, I vowed to try and not listen to him this season. Nuggets of wisdom like that leave me shaking my head and thinking about the impact such angry, illogical ramblings have on the masses.

    And it’s not just Dunn, it’s his whole crew of tomato growing ladies men that coo and caw over every insider joke he throws out there over the flow of the game.

    No, I’d rather think about the game instead. Marty used to make the game fun to listen to.

    Now he doesn’t.

  4. Heath

    I’m sorry – Marty Brennaman – like him or hate him – gets you through a summer like not many other broadcasters can. I mute Welsh & Grande to listen to Marty – even though the TV is seven seconds behind.

  5. Heath

    I’m sorry – Marty Brennaman – like him or hate him – gets you through a summer like not many other broadcasters can. I mute Welsh & Grande to listen to Marty – even though the TV is seven seconds behind.

  6. Mike

    I can somewhat understand his frustration with Dunn at times. It seems like he only goes deep when the bases are empty and when players are on base he seems to strike out a lot more. Mind you, I’m saying this with no statistical backing and I may be wrong, but is there any websites that breakdown stats with runners on base? I personally think Dunn’s strikeout total is the last thing this team or Marty should be concerned about, but it seems like the majority of Dunn’s HR’s are coming during mop up duty with nobody on base. Of course, that’s pretty much been the last 20 games for the Reds, so no fault to Dunn on that.

  7. orangeandbrown

    In all the years when there was little to no TV of the Reds, Marty and Joe defined baseball for me. They were just part of the overall environment. Their ongoing narratives, the relationship between them, the ongoing story of the team, the texture and color they added to the story of the season, it all wove seamlessly together and made seasons fun–even in blowout games.

    I’m not sure I feel that anymore, but I’ll always respect their excellence, and thank them for helping to build in me a love for the game.

  8. tom

    Let’s go easy on Dunn. A lot of sluggers strike out a lot. This is the guy to build the offense around. You can rest assured the Yankees and the other big-moneyed teams are dying to get Dunn.

  9. Mike

    The only stat that stands out in a negative way is his low SLG (.385) with runners on base with two outs. 26 AB, 12 BB, 6H, 1HR, 12K’s… I think it’s a lot easier for some people like Marty to remember those 12K’s.

  10. Heath

    Re:orangeandbrown –

    You hit the nail on the head .. Marty & Joe – not Marty & Steve.

    I’m guessing Thom Brennaman will get a call when Marty hangs it up – at somepoint new blood is going to have to invade behind the microphone in Cincinnati.

    If Hal McCoy says sign Adam Dunn…..I’d put some thought into it.

  11. Dave Charles

    Marty is a different broadcaster when he is on a national stage. The game he called on ESPN a while back was a revelation. None of the lame inside jokes, none of the “quintessential ladies man” crap. Just baseball, and it was like being transported back to the ’70’s when he hadn’t decided yet that he was the biggest personality in Cincinnati.

    I don’t have the emotional attachment to Marty that so many who grew up listening to him seem to possess. When I first started listening to games on the net a few years ago, I was amazed at how much he’d changed from his early days.

  12. Heath

    Plus, I don’t think my aged folks got the “real” Marty – I think Dick Wagner really cut into him there in the early 80’s.

    Plus, you toss in the whole Marge Schott thing and the Pete Rose deal, by golly, to see a friend (which Marty was to Pete) crash as hard as he did without remorse, I’d take it hard too.

    It also doesn’t sound like he’s having as much fun as he used to…however..last night was a good example of Marty’s highs, lows, & indifferences.

    Not that I am biased, but Hal McCoy in all his cynicism, is the best 2nd inning beat reporter by far.