Christopher Charles Welsh (born April 14, 1955) is a former professional baseball pitcher and a current sportscaster. He played in Major League Baseball for the San Diego Padres, Montreal Expos, [Texas Rangers (baseball)|Texas Rangers]], and Cincinnati Reds. Welsh spent his final season as an active player with the Reds and later became a sportscaster for the team.
|Born: April 14, 1955|
|April 12, 1981, for the San Diego Padres|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 5, 1986, for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Earned run average||4.45|
Welsh was born in Wilmington, Delaware. His family later moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, near Moeller High School, where he grew up with three sisters. Welsh graduated from St. Xavier High School in 1973. He began his collegiate baseball career at the University of South Florida under coach Jack Butterfield, and later played a role in selecting former Major League Baseball pitcher Robin Roberts as the South Florida Bulls baseball coach. Welsh played his final collegiate baseball season under Roberts.
Chris Welsh was first drafted by the New York Yankees in the 24th round of the 1976 amateur draft; however, he did not sign. In 1977, he was drafted again by the Yankees in the 21st round. He then went on to play for former Yankees Class AAA organization, the Columbus Clippers. On March 31, 1981, Welsh was involved in a six-player trade with Ruppert Jones, Joe Lefebvre, and Tim Lollar to the San Diego Padres for Jerry Mumphrey and John Pacella. In his rookie season with the Padres in 1981, Welsh pitched 123.7 innings while compiling a 6-7 record and a 3.78 ERA. He pitched four complete games—two of which were shutouts. After two years with the Padres, he was purchased by the Montreal Expos. He was then traded on November 7, 1984 to the Texas Rangers for Dave Hostetler. With the Rangers, he posted a 2–5 record with an ERA of 4.13. On April 4, 1986, Welsh signed as a free agent with the Cincinnati Reds, and he was released by the team at the conclusion of the season on November 12.
Welsh was known for an unusual pitching delivery in which he would "straight-arm" the ball; he extended his left arm and pitched the ball sidearm with the arm almost completely straight and little to no bending of his elbow.
Welsh has been the Fox Sports Net Ohio TV color analyst for the Cincinnati Reds since 1993, teaming with long-time sportscaster George Grande until Grande's retirement in 2009 to form the longest-running TV broadcasting partnership in team history. During broadcasts, he commonly jokes about his playing career being nothing more than mediocre. Also, he is known as "The Crafty Left-Hander" because of his unconventional throwing motion. His current broadcast partner is Thom Brennaman, although he occasionally works with Jeff Brantley, George Grande, Jim Day, or Jim Kelch, as well as also doing some games on the radio with Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman.
On May 4, 2018, Welsh coined the phrase "Pac-Man Ball" to describe a high and inside fastball thrown by Cincinnati Reds pitcher Sal Romano to Lewis Brinson of the Miami Marlins. Welsh compared the movement of the pitch to the Namco video game character, Pac-Man, as it "ate up Brinson's fingers" in a way reminiscent of the video-game character.
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- Welsh, Carrie Ann (June 15, 2017). "'My dad has made a vocation of telling baseball stories'". ESPN.com. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
- "Scouting: The home team". New York Times. August 20, 1986. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
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- "Major League Draft Selections Round-By-Round Selections". Valley Morning Star. June 11, 1976. Retrieved June 19, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- Crass, Murray (March 29, 1979). "Rookie's Dream Ends Amid Yankee Cuts". New York Times. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
- Gross, Jane (April 1, 1981). "Jones, Lefebvre traded to Padres". New York Times. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
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- "[No title]". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Newspapers.com). May 5, 1983. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
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- "[No title]". Longview News-Journal. November 8, 1984. Retrieved June 19, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- Kiesewetter, John (April 4, 2016). "Reds Signed Chris Welsh 30 Years Ago". WVXU. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
- "[No title]". Des Moines Register. Associated Press. November 12, 1986. Retrieved June 19, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-16. Retrieved 2012-06-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)