FOX Sports Ohio and the Cincinnati Reds finalized broadcast plans for the upcoming Major League Baseball Season, and their revamped booth will feature former shortstop Barry Larkin.
Larkin joins a rotation of analysts that include the returning Chris Welsh and Jeff Brantley, joining newly announced play-by-play voice John Sadak. This season will be Sadak’s first as the Reds lead TV play-by-play voice, replacing Thom Brennaman who parted ways with the team last year.
The 56-year-old Larkin is scheduled to work all 81 home games for the Reds and FOX Sports Ohio. Not new to the media, Larkin joined MLB Network in 2009, and later moved to ESPN as an analyst where he contributed to multiple shows and events including Baseball Tonight.
“I’m really looking forward to the consistency and the conversations, and that’s what I plan on bringing to the broadcast booth,” Larkin said in the press release. “I know people want to know what’s happening on the field and, more importantly, why it’s happening. I look forward to being able to educate and inform. I had a chance to spend some time with John Sadak, and I’m excited about his professionalism and consistency.
For the last five seasons, Larkin has worked in the Reds’ front office as a special assistant for player performance. All 19 of Larkin’s major league seasons were played in Cincinnati with the Reds, retiring in 2004 and inducted into the The National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012.