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Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Houston Astros NewsGame ThreadsHouston Astros Minor LeaguesAstros Game DayPodcastsAstros Crawfish BoilAstros Crawfish Boil: January 3rd Carlos Ruiz Jersey , 2019New,12commentsStart your morning with some of the best Astros links aroundCSTShareTweetShareShareAstros Crawfish Boil: January 3rd, 2019Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY SportsAstros NewsDo the Astros still have what it takes to bring home the AL West Crown? (Call to the Pen)I mean, my answer is yes, especially with how sweet Altuve’s swing is (Twitter)Though it couldn’t hurt to pick up some pitching help, with Gio Gonzalez as a possibility (Climbing Tal’s Hill)Or maybe the Cardinals’ Jose Martinez , who could help out Aledmys Diaz to replace Marwin (House of Houston)Gurriel Sr. talks about raising two MLB players (MLB Video)Check out this profile of one of the Astros’ rising prospects, Brandon Bielak (The Runner Sports)Around the LeagueThe baseball world is on pause while it waits to see where Machado and Harper will end up (Red Reporter)And here’s why (ESPN)There’s still a chance that Harper could end up back with the Nats (’s the story of how Paul Goldschmidt became the best 246th draft pick in baseball (AZ Snake Pit)The Yankees signing of Troy Tulowitzki could end up as one of the best bargains of the year (ESPN)Here are five possible sleeper pitchers for next season (Call to the Pen)Bleacher Report has updated their farm system rankings for 2019 (Bleacher Report)Mark DeRosa tries to guess Twitter users’ favorites with Mike Oz (Yahoo Sports) This will be the play-by-play announcer’s 46th season calling Reds games."Longtime Cincinnati Reds radio announcer Marty Brennaman took some time on Wednesday to announce that he will be retiring following the 2019 Major League Baseball season.Brennaman, 76, first joined the Reds’ radio team alongside Joe Nuxhall in 1974, and has been the voice of the team’s broadcasts ever since. He is a Ford C. Frick Award winner, a 17-time Ohio Sportscaster of the Year , and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame and National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.The Portsmouth, Virginia native replaced Al Michaels in the Reds’ radio booth following two years of calling Virginia Tech football and basketball games and one year of calling Tidewater Tides AAA games. Over the next four and a half decades, Brennaman became a polarizing figure in both Reds and baseball circles, drawing plenty of adoration from fans for having a no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is approach to covering the team, while also drawing plenty of ire for his apparent eagerness to overly criticize the team’s most successful players.He has been just as polarizing outside of calling Reds games. For more than 10 years Jay Buhner Jersey , Brennaman has hosted an annual golf classic, which raises money for the Reds Community Fund, and has become something of an ambassador for the Dragonfly Foundation, an organization that benefits children with pediatric cancer and their families.But his “tell-it-like-it-is” approach to covering games has also landed him in trouble several times over the years. He has had to apologize for comparing a Reds road trip to the Bataan Death March, and for saying that Marshall University’s president must be “queer” for softball. Most recently, his relationship with fans took a hit before the 2017 season Denard Span Jersey , when he went on a tirade about what the Reds were paying Joey Votto — the franchise’s all-time leader in OPS.No replacement has been announced for Brennaman in 2020, though it would seem that Jim Day could be considered a frontrunner for the spot. Day has hosted Fox Sports Ohio’s “Reds Live” show since 2000, began play-by-play announcing on TV in 2011, and jumped onto the radio to fill Marty’s role for a number of games during the 2018 season.

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