Friday was a pretty monumental day for the Minnesota Twins. No offseason moves were made nor did the team make a huge trade, but a new era was ushered in nonetheless.
Cory Provus was announced as the next Twin play-by-play man, replacing longtime broadcaster Dick Bremer in the role. It will mark the first time in over four decades that the Twins have a new voice in the booth for games, with Provus jumping from radio to television this upcoming season.
You’d have to go all the way back to the 1982 season to hear the last Dick Bremer wasn’t a part of the broadcast team, as he was in one booth or the other from 1983 until this past season. For as legendary as he was for the Twins, voicing the summers for generations of fans, his exit was unceremonious.
At the start of the offseason the Twins made the stunning annoucement that Bremer was stepping away from the booth, something that was quickly revealed to be a decision that wasn’t mutual. Forcing a guy like Bremer out was a tough look for the team, but they zagged in the best possible direction by naming a fan favorite like Provus as Bremer’s replacement.
Cory Provus posts message to Twins fans after landing TV play-by-play job
After the move was made official by the team on Friday afternoon, Provus took time to write a message to fans rejoicing over how excited and honored he is to be taking on such a massive new role. He also made sure to dedicate a portion of his message to Bremer and all that he did for the last four decades in the booth.
A bonus to Provus moving to the television booth is the promotion of longtime Twins Radio staple Kris Atteberry to the role as the main radio play-by-play announcer. He’ll fill Provus’ shoes alongside Dan Gladden in the radio booth, and it’s a move that has been a long time coming, and yet another that Twins fans have celebrated.
Provus is expected to be joined by Justin Morneau in the booth, with Trevor Plouffe also likely to be in the mix. It’s unclear what exactly the Twins announcing team will officially look like but this new era of Twins baseball will sound unlike any other that has come before it.