Best Of 2021

Best Reds Broadcaster Ouster: Thom Brennaman

During a doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals in August 2020, longtime Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman used a gay slur on air — he was caught on a hot mic saying the phrase “the fag capitals of the world” (not sure to what or where he was referring). In a statement, the Reds said they were “devastated by the horrific, homophobic remark.” After it was made clear his comment was captured — and the incident quickly went viral — Brennaman issued an on-air apology... which was interrupted as he called a home run. Brennaman said he wasn’t sure if he was “going to be putting on this headset again,” and won’t be. He was subsequently suspended from Reds’ broadcasts and resigned in September. He has since been hired by the Roberto Clemente League in Puerto Rico as their play-by-play announcer. reds.com.