Todd Kalas

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Todd Kalas
Todd Kalas 2011.jpg
Kalas in 2011.
Houston Astros
Broadcaster
Born: (1965-12-31) December 31, 1965 (age 51)
Teams

As Broadcaster

Todd Harry Kalas (born December 31, 1965[1]) is a television broadcaster for the Houston Astros.[2] He is the son of the late longtime Philadelphia Phillies Hall of Fame and Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas.

Early life and career[edit]

In 1988, Kalas graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in broadcast journalism. He moved to Tampa Bay as sports director at Vision Cable in Clearwater. He began his baseball career in 1991 with the Louisville Redbirds.

Before joining the Rays, he was on the radio broadcast team of the New York Mets for two years, and the television broadcast team of the Philadelphia Phillies for three years with his father.

Tampa Bay Rays[edit]

In 1998 Kalas joined the Rays' broadcasting team for their inaugural season and continued with the organization until 2016.

He worked on Fox Sports Florida and Sun Sports in his primary role as pregame and postgame host and in-game reporter, and also substituted as color commentator when needed.

He also filled in with play-by-play on both the Rays' television and radio networks.[3]

Houston Astros[edit]

On December 22, 2016 Kalas was hired to be the Houston Astros play-by-play announcer.[4]

Non-Rays related assignments[edit]

In the offseason, Todd Kalas works with Cox Sports Television in Louisiana, handling play-by-play duties for college football, basketball and baseball. He is a part of the University of South Florida basketball radio broadcast team. He also fills in as pregame host for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Personal life[edit]

Kalas is single and resides in the Houston area.

After his father Harry's death on April 13, 2009, Todd, along with his younger brothers Brad and Kane, threw out the first pitch at the first home game in Philadelphia four days later. Todd's ball was thrown to former Phillies third baseman Mike Schmidt, who is also in the Philadelphia Baseball Hall of Fame.[5]

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