Says the Reds won’t be renewing Stewart’s contract….no word on a replacement.
Steve Stewart will tell you that broadcasting Reds baseball was his “dream job”. He’ll do so despite the many personal and professional obstacles he encountered shortly after accepting the position.
Not only was Stewart replacing a living legend in Joe Nuxhall, he was also dealing with a divorce and having to juggle difficult family matters along with trying to fit in alongside Hall of Famer Marty Brennaman in one of the most heralded chairs in baseball broadcasting. …
Under the circumstances, Stewart did a marvelous job. He never really replaced Nuxhall who was called back to broadcast Reds games on a rotating basis. But, Stewart never complained. He continually deferred to Nuxhall’s schedule, the two working alongside one another on several occasions.
Stewart is one of the truest gentleman I’ve encountered during my time covering the Reds. I sincerely hope that the opportunity afforded him by the Reds is just one of many he’ll earn in his broadcasting career.
Stewart deserves more than a wink, a smile and a wave goodbye. He deserves our respect.
Go read the entire post.
If you had asked me at the end of Stewart’s first year in the booth, I would have had no problem getting rid of the guy. Over the last year or so, however, he’s really grown into the job, gotten more comfortable, and become a better broadcaster.
This is just my opinion (the rest of the RN gang should feel free to chime in), but I think this is garbage. I’m going to miss the Bad Boy.
Now, since the job is open, I have two suggestions. The Reds need to hire either Chris Welsh or me to replace Stewart. Welsh would be great and, hey, I have a good bit of sportscasting experience. Plus, imagine the headlines the Reds would be making by hiring me and fulfilling a lifelong dream. They’d be putting a real, hardcore fan in the booth; it would be a great story.
Contact me as soon as possible to set up an interview, guys.
Update II: (By Bill):
The Enquirer has a large article on this today. For right now, Stewart is saying all the right things about Marty and Joe. It would not surprise me if later on, after the season is over, word begins to come out that he felt undercut by bringing Joe back into the booth, etc.
Update III: (By Bill):
The Enquirer is running a story this morning (8/21) about how Marty went to bat for Stewart, etc.