The Pittsburgh Pirates announced the additions of former Pirates players Kevin Young (1992-95 and 1997-2003), Matt Capps (2005-09) and Michael McKenry (2011-13) to the 2020 broadcast team.
Young, Capps and McKenry will join Bob Walk and John Wehner as rotating color analysts on both television and radio, while Greg Brown and Joe Block will continue to handle play-by-play duties.
Greg Brown is in his 27th year as a radio and television play-by-play announcer with the Pirates. Only Bob Prince (28 years) and Lanny Frattare (33 years) have called more games than Brown, who has described the action of close to 4,000 games in his career behind the mic.
Known for his outgoing personality and passion for the ballclub, the Emmy award winning broadcaster has made the phrase "Raise The Jolly Roger" synonymous with a Pirates victory and "Clear The Deck, Cannonball Coming" his signature home run call.
Greg's association with the Pirates began in 1979, when he interned in the Promotions department while attending Point Park College. Following the World Series that year, Brown worked as the clubhouse manager during the Instructional League program in Bradenton, Florida. His 10-year stint in the Bucs front office included work in the Sales, Public Relations and Broadcasting departments. Greg also served as the team's public address announcer during the 1987 campaign. In 1988, he was a sports anchor on WFMJ-TV in Youngstown, OH.
Prior to joining Pittsburgh's broadcast team in 1994, Brown spent five seasons (1989-1993) doing play-by-play and color commentary for the Buffalo Bisons of the American Association (now International League) as well as hosting a sportstalk show on WGR Radio. He also worked as a color analyst and a pre- and post-game show host for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League for five seasons (1989-93). Also during his time in Buffalo, Greg served as a play-by-play announcer for University of Buffalo basketball on WGR Radio and as a broadcaster for the Empire TV Sports Network.
Brown's dedication for the Pirates extends to his efforts away from the broadcast booth as well. He makes numerous off-season appearances in the community, in addition to his yearly participation in the club's annual caravan and PiratesFest event. During the course of the season, Brown teams up with broadcast partner Steve Blass and hosts several pre-game receptions for members of the 65 Roses Club, which is part of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Brown is a native of Washington, D.C. He currently resides in Leet Township with his wife Kim and son Ryan (21).
Joe Block is in his fifth season of calling Pirates play-by-play action, having joined the TV and radio broadcast teams in 2016.
Though having grown up in and outside Detroit, Block considers making his home in Pittsburgh "a dream," as his grandparents and great-grandparents originally settled in the region, in Wheeling, WV, and Byesville, OH. As a teenager, Block traveled to Pittsburgh on spring break to take in Penguins games at the Igloo.
Block, 42, has called baseball for 17 seasons, previously with the Milwaukee Brewers and in the minor leagues in Billings, MT, Great Falls, MT, Jacksonville, FL, St. Paul, MN, and Charleston, SC. He also broadcast for the Los Angeles Dodgers, New Orleans Hornets, Montreal Expos and for various regional TV networks since graduating from Michigan State in 1999.
He and his wife, Bethany, a nurse practitioner and South Park native, are actively involved in community and charitable endeavors around Pittsburgh and in the South Hills area.
They reside in Bethel Park with daughters Nancy (4) and Mary Claire (2).
Bob Walk is in his 27th season as a member of the Pirates broadcast crew. He joins Greg Brown as being one of only five men with at least 20 years of service behind the microphone for the Bucs on radio.
The former right-handed pitcher spent 10 of his 14 years pitching in the Major Leagues with Pittsburgh (1984-1993). He compiled a 105-81 lifetime record, which included an 82-61 mark with the Pirates.
Walk's professional career began with Spartanburg in 1977 after he was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 3rd round of the 1976 June draft. He made his big league debut with the Phillies in 1980 and was the starting pitcher in Game One of the World Series that October against Kansas City.
In the spring of 1981, Walk was dealt to the Atlanta Braves for outfielder Gary Matthews. He spent three seasons in the Atlanta organization before being acquired by Pittsburgh in 1984.
Bob was a 1988 National League All-Star and he posted six straight winning seasons from 1987 to 1992. One of his finest moments in a Pirates uniform came in 1992 when he pitched a 7-1, complete-game victory over the Atlanta Braves in Game Five of the National League Championship Series.
Walk, a native of Newhall, CA, resides in Wexford with his wife Lorrie. They have three sons; Tommy (40), Johnny (38) and Ronny (30). Tommy and his wife, Dominique, are the proud parents of daughters Makayla (17) and Kylie (14). Johnny and his wife, Nikki, have two children; son Jake (5) and daughter Ella (3).
Pittsburgh native John Wehner is in his 16th season as a member of the Pirates broadcast team, having joined the crew prior to the 2005 season. He serves as an analyst on both radio and TV, working all road games and a handful of games played at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
Entering the 2020 campaign, John has spent a total of 29 seasons in the Pittsburgh organization (1988-1996, 1999-2001 and 2003-2019). Prior to being named to the broadcast team, John spent time as a coach with the Double-A Altoona Curve (2003-2004) after serving the Pirates as a special instructor during spring training in 2002.
John saw his last action in the Major Leagues with the Pirates in 2001. He hit the last home run in the history of Three Rivers Stadium on October 1, 2000 off Chicago's Jon Lieber and also made the final out. In 11 seasons in the Major Leagues, John compiled a .249 batting average, hit four home runs and collected 54 RBI in 461 games. In addition, he shares the Major League record of playing 99 consecutive errorless games at third base (also Jeff Cirillo).
Wehner is a graduate of Pittsburgh's Carrick High School and attended Indiana University, where he played baseball for three years. He resides in Cranberry Township, PA, with his wife Brandie and has five children; sons Tyler (28) and Brandon (26) and daughters Hailey (21), Brooke (19) and Hannah (17).
Matt Capps is in his first season as a rotating color analyst on both the radio and television broadcasts He has spent the past two years serving as a pre- and post-game studio host on AT&T Sports Net.
Capps, who pitched for the Pirates for five seasons between 2005 and 2009, currently ranks seventh on the club's all-time saves list with 67.
Originally selected by Pittsburgh in the seventh round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, Capps made his Major League debut 9/16/05 in game one of a doubleheader vs. Cincinnati.
Capps appeared in a career-high 85 games with the Pirates in 2006; still a club rookie record for most appearances in a season. He also won a career-high nine games in 2006, notching his first big league victory on 5/12 vs. Florida.
Following his final season with the Pirates in 2009, Matt split the 2010 campaign between Washington and Minnesota, saving a career-high 42 games between the two teams.
Capps spent two more seasons with the Twins, pitching in his final big league game on 9/24/12. In 318 career games in the Major Leagues, Matt produced a 29-33 record, 138 saves and a 3.52 ERA (439.2ip/172er).
A native of Douglasville, GA, Capps currently resides in Roswell, GA, with his wife Jennifer, son Wells (2/8/12) and daughter Caroline (9/19/14). He is a 2002 graduate of Alexander (GA) High School, where he lettered four years in baseball, three years in football, three years in basketball and one year in cross country. Capps signed a letter of intent to play baseball at LSU before signing with the Pirates.
Michael McKenry is in his first season as a rotating color analyst on both the radio and television broadcasts He has spent the last two seasons serving as a pre- and post game studio host on AT&T Sports Net.
A former catcher, McKenry made his Major League debut with Colorado on 9/8/10. "The Fort" spent three seasons (2011-13) with the Pirates, posting career highs in games (88), home runs (12) and RBI (39) in 2012.
During his big league career, McKenry played with Colorado (2010, 2014-15), Pittsburgh (2011-13) and St. Louis (2016). He singled off lefty J.A. Happ for his first Major League hit on 6/15/11 at Houston and connected off Chicago's Carlos Marmol for his first home run on 7/8/11. Michael played in his final big league game on 7/18/16.
McKenry was born in Knoxville, TN, and resides in Knoxville with his wife Jaclyn. He is a 2003 graduate of Farragut High School in Knoxville, and also played three years of baseball at Middle Tennessee University, where he studied Exercise Science before being selected in the seventh round of the 2006 MLB Draft.
Dedicated to charitable efforts and community service, McKenry makes numerous appearances throughout the Pittsburgh area, as well as his hometown of Knoxville.
In addition to his baseball endeavors, Michael is a business partner in both TrailTrax (a pet-related app) and MetaNu (a wellness driven company).
In addition to his role as a Special Assistant in the Baseball Operations department, Kevin Young is in his first season as a rotating color analyst on both the radio and TV broadcasts.
Originally selected in the seventh round of the 1990 First-Year Player Draft, Young spent 11 big league seasons playing for the Pirates. After being named Pittsburgh's Minor League Player-of-the-Year in 1991, K.Y. made his Major League debut on 7/12/92 and singled off Cincinnati's Tim Belcher in his second at bat.
In his 11 seasons with the Pirates (1992-95 and 1997-2003), Young played a total of 1022 games at first base and ranks third on the club's all-time list for games played at that position, trailing only Gus Suhr (1339) and Jake Beckley (1045).
Young finished his career with a .258 average, 235 doubles, 144 home runs and 606 RBI in 1205 games. He is also one of only two players in team history (also Jason Bay in 2005) to produce at least 100 runs, 40 doubles, 20 home runs, 100 RBI and 20 stolen bases in one season (1999).
Kevin resides in Scottsdale, AZ, and has one son; Kaleb (23) and one daughter; Kaden (15). A graduate of Washington (KS) High School, Young attended Kansas City (KS) Community College for two years where he was an All American and recipient of the Rawlings Big Bat Award in the Midwest region. He was also an All-American at the University of Southern Mississippi for one year before being drafted by the Pirates.