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Todd Harry Kalas (born December 31, 1965) is a television broadcaster for the Tampa Bay Rays.[1] He is the son of the late longtime Philadelphia Phillies Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas.

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Early life and career

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. Later 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.

Tampa Bay Rays

Kalas has been with the Rays since their inaugural season in 1998.

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

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

Non-Rays related assignments

In the offseason, 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

Kalas is single and resides in Tampa.

After his father Harry's death on April 13, 2009, Todd, along with his younger brothers Brad and Kane, threw out the first balls at the first home game in Philadelphia four days later. Todd's ball was thrown to former Phillies third baseman Mike Schmidt.[2]

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