Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Voices of the Lansing Lugnuts, 1996-Present

Blue Jays spring training action began yesterday in a game against Pittsburgh. Kevin Pillar homered early and Mitch Nay brought the Jays within a run late with an RBI single, but the Blue Jays left the bases loaded in an 8-7 loss. No worries, back at it today!
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The Voices of the Lansing Lugnuts

I'd like to simply put this on the record, honoring my predecessors in the Lugnuts' radio booth.
Mike Vander Woude, 1996-1997. Mike would later go on to become the first broadcaster of the Dayton Dragons as well as the voice of Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He can still be found broadcasting Dayton games in a pinch-hitting role from time to time.
Jeff Walker, 1998-1999. Jeff left for Triple-A Sacramento in 2000 before becoming the general manager of the Boise Hawks.
Scott Moore, 2000-2002. Scott is the longtime voice of Michigan State University hockey and an original member of the Spartan Sports Network. During the winter, it's easy to find his voice delivering the latest Spartan action from the ice.
Jim Tocco, 2003. Jim came to Lansing from Charleston (WV), called a no-hitter and an unassisted triple, won a Midwest League Championship and received a ring, and then moved to serve as the voice of Montgomery from 2004-2008. (I interned under him with the Biscuits in 2006-2007.) He now lives in Atlanta, working in graphic design.
Seth Van Hoven, 2004-2005. Seth has worked diligently for the Lugnuts for years, predating and postdating his broadcast position with press box responsibilities. He currently works for the American Red Cross by day and handles the official scoring for the Lugs at night.
Brad Tillery, 2006-2008. Brad now lives in Austin, Texas, where he remains as awesome as ever, cheering on his Auburn Tigers.
Jesse Goldberg-Strassler, 2009-present. Me! Joining the Lugnuts six years ago, I've become known for my Baseball Thesaurus and my throwback re-creation broadcasts.

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