Jeff Brantley is in his 14th season as a member of the Reds Radio and Reds TV broadcast teams. He was hired in October 2006. After he retired as a player following the 2001 season, Brantley joined ESPN as an in-game analyst and also as a studio analyst on the network’s popular Baseball Tonight show. In March 2006, he broadcast several telecasts of the inaugural World Baseball Classic. Brantley spent 14 seasons in the Major Leagues and enjoyed some of his best years while pitching for the Reds from 1994-1997, when he posted a 2.64 ERA and 88 saves. He is tied for sixth on the club’s all-time saves list. In 1996 he earned the Rolaids Relief Man Award after leading the National League with 44 saves. His 44 saves that season remains the Reds’ single-season record. Brantley also pitched for the Giants, Cardinals, Phillies and Rangers. He was an All-Star for San Francisco in 1990 and finished his career with 172 saves and a 3.39 ERA in 615 games. He is enshrined on the Giants’ Wall of Fame at AT&T Park. Brantley is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where he led the Bulldogs to a third-place finish at the College World Series. He was a 4-year letterwinner for MSU and was named first-team All-American in 1985. A member of the Mississippi State Hall of Fame, Brantley’s uniform number 8 was retired in 2000. In 2010 he was inducted into the State of Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and in February 2019 was a member of the inaugural class of the prestigious Ron Polk Ring of Honor along with Will Clark, the late David “Boo” Ferriss, the late C.R. “Dudy” Noble and Rafael Palmeiro. He has been involved in several youth baseball groups like Garth Brooks’ “Teammates for Kids” and an inner-city baseball program in Jackson, Mississippi. Jeff and wife Ashley have 2 children, Elizabeth and Mason. He has two other children, Emily and Murphy.
Tommy Thrall is in his second full season broadcasting for the Reds, his first as the full-time play-by-play announcer on rights holder 700 WLW Radio. In 2018, the 15-year broadcasting veteran called 3 Reds games in spring training and then 3 games near the end of the regular season. In 2019, he broadcast 66 games on radio. Beginning in 2020, he will host the Reds’ new Star of the Game post-game segment. Before joining the organization full-time in 2019, Thrall spent 7 years broadcasting radio and TV games for Class AA Pensacola. While in Pensacola, he also served as the play-by-play voice for football and basketball for the University of West Florida. Thrall began working in professional baseball as an intern for the Kansas City T-Bones while earning his degree from Northwest Missouri State University. He went on to work for Class A Myrtle Beach and Quad Cities before making the move to Pensacola. Thrall has filled various roles in broadcasting, including TV sports anchor and reporter on WEAR-TV in Pensacola, sports talk host on ESPN Pensacola and host of UWF’s weekly television coach’s show.
Danny Graves is in his third season filling in on Reds on Radio broadcasts. The franchise’s all-time leader with 182 career saves, Graves pitched in Cincinnati in 9 of his 11 Major League seasons. In 518 career appearances from 1996-2006, including 30 starts, Graves went 43-33 with a 4.05 ERA and 182 saves for the Reds, Indians and Mets. The righthander was a National League All-Star in 2000 and 2004 and in 2002 won the prestigious Lou Gehrig Memorial Award, presented annually to a Major League Baseball player who best exemplifies the giving character of the Hall of Famer. After he retired from baseball following the 2006 season, Graves became a Major League Baseball analyst for a digital sports network 120 Sports/Stadium. He also has worked color commentary for ESPN at the Little League World Series regional tournament, for ESPNU covering ACC baseball and for CBS Sports Network covering college baseball. Graves most recently served as an analyst for ESPN Radio, MLB.com and Sirius XM MLB Network Radio while guest hosting MLB Now on MLB Network.