D-backs name Sutton as TV announcer

Sutton named as D-backs' TV announcer

PHOENIX -- For first time in franchise history, the D-backs will have a new television play-by-play man on Opening Day, and his name is Daron Sutton.

The club introduced Sutton on Wednesday afternoon at Chase Field.

"It's humbling to be here today," Sutton said. "It's humbling to have this opportunity."

Sutton, who had been the lead television play-by-play man for the Brewers since the 2002 season before resigning recently to pursue the D-backs job, was signed to a five-year contract with a club option for an additional three years, which would keep him in Arizona through 2014.

"It's important for us to deliver to the fans continuity in the broadcast booth," D-backs team president Derrick Hall said. "We're confident Daron is going to be here 10, 20, 30 years."

Sutton will replace Thom Brennaman, who left the organization following the season to join his father Marty in the Cincinnati Reds broadcast booth. Brennaman had been with the organization since 1995, two full seasons before they played a game.

Because Brennaman had been so synonymous with the D-backs, the club wanted his replacement to be a young, up-and-coming broadcaster that would be with the organization for a long period of time.

"It's a great job, and it's been created by the man that I'm replacing," Sutton said of Brennaman. "He has set a standard here that I am honored to step right in to.

"This is a young organization, young on the field, young in the front office and, literally, over phone conversations, it's magnetic. It pulls you here. I'm thrilled for this opportunity."

Sutton grew up around the game of baseball thanks to his father, Don, a Hall of Fame pitcher. The 37-year-old learned his worth ethic from watching the way his father prepared during his career both as a player and then as a broadcaster.

Those who have worked with Sutton tell stories about his enthusiasm for the game, how when the Brewers had an off-day while they were on the road, Sutton would often travel to a nearby city to take in a baseball game.

"I absolutely love baseball," he said. "I almost find myself with an unhealthy attachment to it because I think about it all the time."

Sutton was a Minor League pitcher with the Angels in Class A and spent part of the 1993 season in the Braves organization. His new partner in the television booth, Mark Grace, feels that will help him.

"I'm looking forward to working with him," Grace said. "We've got plenty of work that we have to do. We've got to learn each other's styles, just like I did with Thom. I have to learn when he wants me to get in and when he wants me to get out, and we have all winter to figure that out.

"The good thing is, he's a good guy who played the game at a professional level, so I have a feeling in just the little I've known him that we're going to get along just fine."

Sutton describes his broadcasting style as "passionate".

"I'll respect how difficult it is to play this game," he said. "But also we'll point out things we have to point out. I'm kind of glass-is-half-full passionate [about] selling the game of baseball. [Players are] still people, and it's our job, it's my job, it's Mark's job, it's the whole crew's job to get to know them even better and to tell you a little bit about themselves."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.