New Brewers broadcaster set to make debut

Grindle replaces Block in radio booth

New Brewers broadcaster set to make debut

PHOENIX -- The Brewers' newest radio broadcaster will make his Major League debut Tuesday, when Lane Grindle helps call a game in Glendale, Ariz., against the White Sox. It will air exclusively via MLB.com's webcast.

The Brewers hired Grindle last month to replace Joe Block, who took a job with the Pirates. Grindle will call games alongside Jeff Levering when Bob Uecker doesn't travel and will otherwise provide pregame audio and content for Brewers.com.

"A whirlwind," Grindle said of his past few weeks. "Really, that's the best way to put it. When this whole thing started, we weren't sure what was going to come of it. We were very, very happy and loved where we were, but this was an incredible opportunity. Every step along the way, as I came back and talked to my wife, I told her I liked the organization, I liked the people in it. They seemed to be family-friendly. They seemed to be genuinely concerned about their people. And so it felt like a really good fit.

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"It's gone so fast. My wife is a teacher, so she's going to be back in Lincoln [Neb.] for a few months until we can get the whole family up here. There's some short-term compromise on our end, but for the long-term, we felt this was absolutely what was best for our family."

Lane and Ali Grindle have three daughters and a son. They have been living in Lincoln, where Lane Grindle called baseball, football and basketball games for the University of Nebraska and also handled some public address duties.

He graduated from the University of South Dakota in 2004 with a degree in contemporary media and journalism and a minor in history.

"[Baseball] has been where the majority of my experience has been on-air, and I've grown to love it," he said. "I've been able to work around some great people; Darin Erstad, a former Angel, former White Sox, former Houston Astro as well, he's been one of the great influences on my life. He's the head coach at Nebraska now. …

"I'll be a utility man, so to speak, which is comfortable for me since I did a lot of those things at Nebraska. Last year, three days before the opening football game, I got told, 'Oh, you're going to be the PA announcer,' and I hadn't done it since high school. So I'm kind of used to being in those types of situations where you have to be flexible." 

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.