12/23/11 10:00 AM EST
Block joins Uecker in Brewers' radio booth
By Evan Drellich / MLB.com
Joe Block, a 33-year-old from Roseville, Mich., has been announced by NewsRadio 620 WTMJ as the Brewers Radio Network's play-by-play man, replacing Cory Provus, who left to cover the Twins in November.
"We had a tremendous number of qualified candidates interested in this position, and the process for finding the right person for this role was very comprehensive," Brewers chief operating officer Rick Schlesinger said. "Joe is someone who brought a unique skill set and background to the table. His play-by-play work is terrific, he has a quick wit and as a Midwestern native he has a genuine love for the area. We think the fans will enjoy his work alongside Bob very much."
Block, who's been in the industry over a decade, has called more than 900 professional baseball games, including the Jacksonville Suns (2003-06), Great Falls White Sox (2007) and Billings Mustangs (2010). He was behind the mic for some Expos games as well during the team's final two seasons (2003-04).
Block graduated from Michigan State University in 1999 and is recently married.
"I'm ecstatic to have the opportunity to work with one of the all-time greats in Bob Uecker, and help bring everyone in Wisconsin their Brewers on the radio for years to come," Block said. "Bob and I have talked about how much fun we'll have in the booth all summer and I can't wait to get started."
Block will make his debut in the new gig at the annual "Brewers On Deck" Fanfest, scheduled for the Frontier Airlines Center on Jan. 29.
It's hard for anyone to match Uecker's acclaim or experience: 2012 marks the half-centennial since his Major League debut as a player, and it brings Uecker's 76th birthday in January. But, Block and the legend have already met, and Uecker took to Block's Midwestern roots.
"Joe and I spent some time together and I think he'll be a great addition," Uecker said. "Joe sounds good on the air, he's a Midwest guy and he wants to be in Milwaukee as a part of the Brewers. Bottom line, all of those are important qualities that will make him successful here."
Besides his baseball work, Block was previously a radio host for the NBA's New Orleans Hornets (2007-2011), and has handled lay-by-play for major college basketball and football on Comcast Sports Southeast for the past 10 years.