UPDATE 12:07 P.M.: The hire of Aaron Goldsmith to the Mariners’ radio crew is now official. Here are some quotes from the press release:
Randy Adamack, senior vice president of communications: “Aaron has a bright future as a broadcaster, and we believe Mariners fans in the Northwest will enjoy listening to him with Rick Rizzs on 710 ESPN and the Mariners Radio Network. He will be a great fit here for many years to come.”
Goldsmith: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the Seattle Mariners broadcast team. The idea of contributing to an organization with such a rich tradition on the radio is a tremendous honor and a standard I look forward to upholding. I’m eager to start working alongside Rick Rizzs and contributing to the Mariners both on and off the air.”
Rizzs: “It’s a great opportunity for a young man who deserves it. We had an exhaustive search and he was selected from a very talented group of baseball broadcasters. He’s going to make a great contribution to our broadcast team, and I am confident the fans will enjoy his work.”
No official announcement from the Mariners yet, but word is leaking out that the Mariners have hired 29-year-old Aaron Goldsmith (seen above) to join their radio team. Goldsmith, who comes from the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox, where he was the lead radio play-by-play man, will team with Rick Rizzs on the radio. Dave Sims and Mike Blowers will continue to call games on the television side.
Goldsmith is a native of St. Louis and graduated from Principia College in Elsah, Ill. as a history major. He then attended the Broadcast Center in St. Louis, earning a certificate in radio broadcasting and production. He began his pro career in 2007 as the play-by-play voice of the Gateway Grizzlies of the independent Frontier League, then did a summer in the Cape Cod League in 2008 as lead voice of the Bourne Braves.
Goldsmith had a stint with the Portland Sea Dogs, Boston’s Class AA affiliate in 2009, then spent two seasons with the Frisco Roughriders, the Double-A affiliate of the Rangers, in Frisco, Texas, before joining Pawtucket last year.
You can hear some of his calls from Pawtucket here.
For the past two seasons, following the death of legendary announcer Dave Niehaus, the Mariners’ have used a rotating group of announcers to team with Rizzs, but decided to go to a permanent partner in 2013. Goldsmith was chosen among four finalists.
Pawtucket has become a fertile breeding ground for announcers.