CINCINNATI — Johnny Bench has quit a daily radio show with Reds' announcer Marty Brennaman after the two had a dispute over whether the broadcaster should have referred to Pete Rose in a Hall of Fame speech.
Bench has quit WLW-AM's daily morning "Brennaman and Bench on Baseball" show, station operations manager Darryl Parks said Thursday. Parks said he had been told Bench had resigned from the show, but did not explain Bench's reason for leaving.
Before Brennaman's speech at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday, Bench approached the announcer to warn him against saying too much about Rose. Brennaman believes Rose should be in the Hall of Fame and said so during his speech.
Rose is ineligible for the Hall because he agreed to a lifetime ban from baseball in 1989 after an investigation of his gambling.