Last week, Brewers radio broadcaster Cory Provus got an unexpected promotion to lead broadcaster for the Minnesota Twins. As a fan who listens to a great deal of games on the radio, this came as disappointing but understandable news to me. Though the new gig seems to be a great one for Provus, his departure leaves Brewers fans with some questions.
With Provus gone, who will be the person in the booth who fills the airwaves with exaggerated laughter when Bob Uecker goes off on one of his tangents? Who will lend baseball insight and statistical research to pair with Ueck's misjudged home run calls on pop ups during the extended Krisp Kraut ad that is Brewers game coverage? Who will replace Cory Provus?
While the club sifts through resumes for a replacement, I'd like to offer some suggestions for the new (second) voice of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Pros: Unlike Provus, Nellie has considerable playing experience under his belt. However, all that experience came decades ago when the Washington Senators were a team and stuff. Nelson's done it all with the Brewers organization. He coached and did broadcast work with the team. He even filled in on the radio when Bob Uecker had heart surgery in 2010.
Cons: He filled in on the radio when Bob Uecker had heart surgery in 2010 and was just the worst.
Pros: Craig, like Nelson, has been a part of the Brewers broadcast team for many years. He's been an apt part of the FSWisconsin telecasts, including a steady Sunday fill-in gig when Brian Anderson calls Devil Rays/Yankees games on the Everybody Loves Raymond channel. He knows his stuff.
Cons: Have you guys ever notice that Coshun speaks out the side of his mouth. But you can't see that on the radio, so never mind. Add it to Pros.
Front Row Amy
Pros: With her new found fame running on fumes, there's no better way for this player-chasing 40-something to clutch her remaining shreds of notoriety than to become the Brewers comely new broadcaster. She already knows how to keep score, plus she and Uecker grew up around the same time, so they'd have lots to talk about.
Cons: You can't hear titties. Yet.
Pros: I don't care enough about Telly either way to bother writing something here.
Cons: See above.
Pros: Michaels brings with him eons of broadcast experience. He's locally-based and knowledgeable in regard to the Brewers. More importantly, Michaels moving to the broadcast booth would give Milwaukeeans the Jim Rome Show back.
Cons: He's probably too opinionated for this sidekick gig. It's Uecker's show, and rightfully so. Plus, I saw Michaels at a bar this summer and he was wearing an Affliction shirt.
Pros: Of all the local options named, Trenni has far and away the most experience. From FSN to MLB Network to her current perch at AM 620, she's done it all, done it well and she probably doesn't own an Affliction shirt. Plus, she's already employed by the station, so a promotion makes sense. That way, the station on needs to fill her current slot, which would be much easier to fill than the lucrative Uecker partner slot.
Cons: No cons. Pick her.