Aug 7, 2017

Todd Kalas – Syracuse

Pursuit of Greatness
Todd Kalas – Syracuse

Todd Kalas is a television broadcaster for the Houston Astros. He is the son of the late longtime Philadelphia Phillies Hall of Fame and Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas.

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. Todd began his baseball career in 1991 with the Louisville Redbirds.

Before joining the Tampa Bay 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.

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.

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

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.

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