M’s mine minors, land new broadcaster

Staff writerJanuary 18, 2013 

After two years of rotating broadcasters, the Seattle Mariners have settled on a person to permanently join Rick Rizzs in the radio booth.

On Thursday, the team announced the hiring of 29-year-old Aaron Goldsmith as a full-time broadcaster. He and Rizzs will call games for the Mariners’ radio network. Dave Sims and Mike Blowers will continue to handle the television broadcast.

Goldsmith will also handle duties for the Mariners’ Hot Stove League Show, Cactus League Report and Mariners Magazine.

“Aaron has a bright future as a broadcaster, and we believe Mariners fans in the Northwest will enjoy listening to him with Rick Rizzs,” Mariners vice president of communications Randy Adamack said. “He will be a great fit here for many years to come.”

Goldsmith spent last season as the radio play-by-play man for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox, working all 144 games. He also worked 10 television broadcasts.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the Seattle Mariners broadcast team,” Goldsmith said. “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.”

After having different co-hosts from week to week, Rizzs will have a consistent presence.

“It’s a great opportunity for a young man who deserves it,” Rizzs said. “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.”

Goldsmith has had a rapid rise through the broadcasting ranks.

A St. Louis native, he graduated from Principia College in Elsah, Ill., with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. He then attended the Broadcast Center in St. Louis, earning a certificate in Radio Broadcasting and Production in 2006. He started his broadcast career in 2007, calling games for the Gateway Grizzlies of the independent Frontier League. In 2008, Goldsmith called games for the Bourne Braves in the Cape Cod Baseball League. He moved up to the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs in 2009 and then spent 2010-11 with the Double A Frisco RoughRiders.

HERNANDEZ TOPS LIST OF M’S ON WBC ROSTERS

The provisional rosters for the teams competing in the World Baseball Classic were announced Thursday. As expected, Mariners ace Felix Hernandez was named to the Venezuela team. Hernandez was Venezuela’s most dominant pitcher in the 2009 tournament, going 2-0 and allowing five hits in 82/3 innings.

Reliever Oliver Perez will pitch for his native Mexico. He has pitched in the previous two World Baseball Classic tournaments. Third baseman/first baseman Alex Liddi will represent Italy for the second straight WBC. In 2009, he played in two games, going 3-for-8 with a double and two RBI. Outfielder Michael Saunders was selected by Canada.

Besides the big league players, the Mariners also had a handful of minor league players placed on rosters.

Veteran pitcher Brian Sweeney, who is in the process of signing a minor league contract with the Mariners, will join Liddi on the Italy team. Double-A outfielder Kalian Sams has been named to the Netherlands’ roster, while a trio of players – shortstop Pedro Okuda and pitchers Luiz Gohara and Thyago Vieira – will play for Brazil.

Ryan Divish: 253-597-8483 ryan.divish@ thenewstribune.com

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