Brennaman offered his assessment on the Cardinals, Cubs, Pirates and Brewers.
St. Louis Cardinals - "I'm not a big St. Louis fan, because I'm not a big Tony LaRussa fan. I refer to him as 'Mr. Baseball' on the radio, because he acts like he invented the game."
Chicago Cubs - "The Chicago Cubs won't be a factor because, no matter how much they add to their club, at the end of the day, they've got 'Cubs' across the front of their jerseys. That's the reason why they won't win."
Milwaukee Brewers - "The franchise we all have to be worried about is the Milwaukee Brewers. What they've done is mortgage their future for one shot. That's this season. They lose Prince Fielder, probably to free agency at the end of this year. They've traded away almost every good, young prospect in their organization in order to try to be better than the Reds and the Cardinals."
Pittsburgh Pirates - "It's a catastrophe."
Most of his focus was on the Reds, who were swept by the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0 in the best-of-five National League Division Series.
He said first baseman Joey Votto - the reigning National League Most Valuable Player - is the Reds' best player, but centerfielder Drew Stubbs has the chance of being their second-best.
"He can do it all," Brennaman said of Stubbs. "He's the fastest player in the league, he can run down the ball in center field with about as good as it gets in our league, and, he had 22 home runs last year and he and Jay Bruce pretty much carried this club the last half of the season."
Aroldis Chapman, the Reds' hard-throwing Cuban rookie last year, will be the left-handed setup complement to Nick Masset.
"He throws 100 miles per hour every time he turns it loose," Brennaman said of Chapman. "I've seen some guys who can throw it hard - Nolan Ryan, J.R. Richard. I've never seen a guy throw it as hard as (Chapman does).
"As far as his role beyond 2011, he could be a closer or as a starting pitcher. We don't need him to start. They'll handle him with kid gloves and let him get his feet wet this year. He's about as exciting an act as you get from a pitcher."
How about Pete Rose's Hall of Fame candidacy?
"He bet on baseball," Brennaman said. "There's no question about that. He admitted it in a book a few years ago. But, if they're going to allow these guys who either confirmed, or alleged, druggies ... steroid guys ... just to be on the Hall of Fame ballot, which they are - (Roger) Clemens and (Barry) Bonds. (Rafael) Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa and (Mark McGwire). If they're going to allow those guys to be on the ballot, then damn it, Pete needs to be on there too.
"When you go to the Hall of Fame, you realize the level of hypocrisy about this whole thing. Everywhere you go in Cooperstown, you see some evidence of Pete Rose. He's good enough to have his stuff in there, but he's not good enough to have a plaque in there, and that's got to change sometime in the not-too-distant future, and hopefully it will."
Brennaman had plenty to say, much to the delight of the crowd. He left to a standing ovation.
The veteran broadcaster once said that he's not afraid to say what he thinks.
Nobody at the Henderson Center on Saturday night would argue with that.
Contact Assistant Sports Editor Rich Stevens at richstev...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4837.