Chris Welsh, American Sportscaster and Former Professional Baseball Pitcher

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Christopher Charles Welsh is an American sportscaster and former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball for the San Diego PadresMontreal ExposTexas Rangers, and Cincinnati Reds. Welsh spent his final season as an active player with the Reds and later became a sportscaster for the team.

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 John Sadak.

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.