Barry Larkin will serve as the television analyst for Fox Sports Ohio (and eventually Bally Sports when the channel is rebranded by their new owners) during Cincinnati Reds games in the 2021 season. According to the press release Larkin will rotate with Chris Welsh and Jeff Brantley, both of whom are returning to the television booth. Jim Day is also returning in the role he has served in during past seasons, and he’ll also be bringing back the Jim Day Podcast starting in spring training. And of course, John Sadak will be taking over as the play-by-play announcer in 2021 on the television side – which was announced two weeks ago.
The radio broadcast team will remain the same as it was last season, with Tommy Thrall and Jeff Brantley on most games, with Chris Welsh filling in as the color analyst on some games. It seems that there will be a little bit of rotating among the analysts between television and radio when it comes to Brantley and Welsh. Barry Larkin said that the plan is for him to work all 81 of the Cincinnati Reds home games.
For Barry Larkin, this will be a job he’s had before, but one he hasn’t served in for a while now. The Hall of Fame shortstop previously help broadcasting jobs with both ESPN and MLB Network. He worked those gigs on television until 2015 when he joined the Cincinnati Reds organization in a player development role. Last season he was a special assistant in player performance with the organization. He’s spent plenty of time working in a role roving around the minor leagues of the organization working with players.
As for the role that Barry Larkin will maintain with the organization, here’s what he had to say to the local media on Tuesday afternoon:
“That is a fluid situation as well,” said Larkin. “But I have had plenty of conversations with Nick Krall about players, about consistency and messaging throughout the organization. So it is a fluid situation, but I have had those conversations and I have played a part in some of the signings of some of the players. It’s exciting to see how my relationship will evolve with Nick. Shawn Pender and I speak just about every week, as well as the guys down in the DR, because those are some of the really important entry points for the organization. As far as how I will continue to integrate myself within the organization. I plan that I will still, it’s just a matter of how much time I’ll be able to dedicate to it. It’ll probably be more on a project based situation.”
Also of note: Jeff Piecoro, Danny Graves, and Doug Flynn are no longer listed on the Cincinnati Reds broadcasters page.
And now for the tweet of the day:
Even Fox Sports Ohio has acquired a SS this offseason. https://t.co/okontIdBEh
— Gingersaurus Rex (@HeyGingersaurus) February 16, 2021
Ouch, Reds. Ouch.