For two years, on the radio, Rick Rizzs was partnering with a rotating group of experienced broadcasters with some sort of Mariners link or background. After the passing of Dave Niehaus, the Mariners wanted to allow their fans to continue to listen to familiar voices. This was always going to be a temporary thing, and the time would come that the Mariners would hire a broadcaster full-time. Today, the news got out. Initially, the Mariners replaced a familiar voice with a bunch of familiar voices. Now the Mariners have replaced a bunch of familiar voices with an unfamiliar voice. Welcome Aaron Goldsmith, who is the newest Mariners announcer.
So, in the event that you need this help:
TV: Dave Sims, Mike Blowers
Radio: Rick Rizzs, Aaron Goldsmith
Goldsmith will have other duties, but partnering with Rizzs during games will be the most visible one. Except not that, exactly, since he'll be on radio. (Radio joke.) I don't know what the Mariners might be thinking in terms of the long-term outlook, but for now, Goldsmith will search for opportunities to slip words in edgewise. I can only imagine he's signed a non-disclosure agreement covering matters including but not limited to what lies atop Rick Rizzs' head.
You can find Goldsmith on Twitter here, and this is his blog, named 45 Miles From Fenway. That name is going to have to change, unless Goldsmith is a liar, or legendarily not committed to his new job. Goldsmith is coming from the triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox, for whom he was the lead radio voice. He's also just 29 years old, making him young for the business, but still older than Ken Levine sounds. It remains to be seen whether Rizzs will treat him like a professional colleague or like one of those children that would visit the booth for an inning. I don't know which I'm rooting for more.
Goldsmith has moved up the ranks in a hurry. Maybe you don't think there's anything particularly glamorous about being a major-league team's second radio announcer, but think about how few of these jobs exist. Think about how often people who get these jobs keep them. Goldsmith sounds truly enthusiastic, and a big-league promotion for him is no less a dream come true than a big-league promotion for a player. It's hard to do what Goldsmith has done before you turn 30, and that might mean Goldsmith is something special, relative to his peer group.
Of course, as neat as it is to see a guy like Goldsmith get rewarded, having moved so quickly, there's the opposite side of things, where Mike Curto wasn't even included as a finalist. Curto's been around forever, and he's familiar with the organization, so through a certain lens this might be considered unfair. Curto's an experienced insider; Goldsmith is a less-experienced outsider. You have to feel bad for Curto, who deserves an opportunity that still hasn't been given to him.
Levine, too, obviously didn't get the job. I don't know who all applied -- probably some hundreds of people. What Goldsmith has going in his favor is that he sounds good. The other thing Goldsmith has going in his favor is that he got the job. Maybe that's the more important thing at the moment. How you sound isn't the only factor in these things, but it's an understandably significant one, and that'll be a big reason why the Mariners chose how they chose.
For now, Goldsmith is the second guy on most people's backup means of following Mariners games. Some of you won't even hear him once through all of the 2013 season. But this could be the beginning of a long-lasting relationship that sees Goldsmith and the Mariners form an unbreakable bond. Of course, the same could be said at the beginning of any relationship. Most relationships fail, and many of them fail awful fast. So.