Saints Play-By-Play Broadcaster, Sean Aronson, Named Ballpark Digest Broadcaster of the YearST. PAUL, MN October 10, 2016
He has called more games than any other St. Paul Saints broadcaster. He was nominated for a Regional Emmy in 2010 and was the runner-up for Broadcaster of the Year in 2013. Three years later Saints broadcaster Sean Aronson has been recognized by Ballpark Digest as the Broadcaster of the Year in all of minor league baseball.
Aronson, the Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Saints since 2007, called his 1000th game in franchise history during the final regular season game in 2016 on September 5. He became the first Saints broadcaster to accomplish the feat. During his 10 seasons with the organization he has missed just six games, three in 2007 because of a family medical emergency and three in 2009 for his sister’s wedding in California.
“My family is extremely important to me,” said Aronson. “They’ve known this was a dream of mine since I was a little boy growing up in Los Angeles. They supported me from day one and the greatest moment of my broadcasting career happened this season when they flew out from California and shared my 1000th game with them. I can never express how much they mean to me.”
“I also want to thank Kevin Reichard and the amazing people at Ballpark Digest,” said Aronson. “This is truly a humbling honor. There are talented broadcasters all throughout minor league baseball, many I’m friends with and others I’ve listened to from afar. The industry has never been stronger and to be named Ballpark Digest’s Broadcaster of the Year is something I will cherish forever.”
With the Saints Aronson handles the play-by-play of all 100 games. This year he was the TV voice on FSN+ of the American Association All-Star Game hosted by the Saints at CHS Field. Along with the broadcasts Aronson handles the media relations helping get the Saints both local and national coverage. This year the Saints received national attention for their unique promotion of the Unwritten Rulebook. During Aronson’s tenure with the Saints they have been featured on ESPN, CNN, MSNBC, Sports Illustrated, USA Today and countless radio stations and newspapers across the country.
“Sean is absolutely deserving of this prestigious honor from Ballpark Digest. His professionalism and smooth, yet analytical on-air demeanor, is unparalleled in minor league baseball. On behalf of the Goldklang Group, we congratulate Sean and thank Ballpark Digest for their recognition of one of the best in the business,” said Marv Goldklang, Chairman and principal owner of the Saints.
Aronson grew up in Southern California listening to Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully and realized at a young age he wanted to broadcast baseball. After getting a B.S. from the University of Colorado-Boulder he did an internship with the Colorado Rockies Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs in 2000. His first job in the dual role of broadcaster and Media Relations Director was from 2001-02 with the Allentown Ambassadors. From there he began his current journey in the Goldklang Group, with the Fort Myers Miracle from 2003-06.
“I also want to thank the entire Goldklang Group, especially Marv Goldklang and Mike Veeck, said Aronson. ‘These two saw something in me 10 years ago, when I was with their organization in Fort Myers, and felt I would be an asset in St. Paul. I will forever be grateful to them. The staff with the St. Paul Saints, Derek Sharrer, Tom Whaley and everyone I’ve worked with during my time here share in this honor. Baseball is a team sport and this award would not be possible without all the dedicated people who have made the Saints what they are today.”
Aronson began his Saints career on May 10, 2007 on the road in St. Joseph, MO and his first home game, at Midway Stadium, occurred five days later. With the five playoff games this season, Aronson has done 1,005 games that include 27 playoff games and 978 regular season Saints games. During his tenure Aronson has broadcast two championship series (2007 and 2011) and four playoff appearances (2007, 2011, 2015 & 2016), including the record breaking 2015 season when the Saints went an amazing 74-26. Aronson has broadcast three All-Star games, the 2003 Florida State League All-Star Game and the 2008 and ’16 American Association All-Star Games. His 10 seasons with the Saints is the longest tenure, with one team, by any American Association broadcaster.
“I’ve spent each of my 10 seasons with the Saints alongside one of the greatest managers I’ve ever known, George Tsamis,” said Aronson. “He makes a broadcasters job extremely easy, is always willing to sit down for an interview and shares more information than I could ever ask. To him, the coaching staff and the countless players I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know I say thank you.”
Aronson just finished his 16th season as a broadcaster, 10 with the Saints.
“Finally, I also want to thank Saints fans, both in the Twin Cities and around the world, many I’ve heard from in my time with the organization. While I’m living my dream of being a broadcaster, I also do this for them. My goal is to always be as prepared as possible, draw them into the game and maybe entertain them along the way.”
The Saints have had a long line of successful broadcasters during their 24-year history with Anthony LaPanta (Minnesota Wild, FSN), Kris Atteberry (Minnesota Twins), Ryan Lefebvre (Kansas City Royals) and Joe Block (Pittsburgh Pirates) using their time with the organization to reach the upper echelon of the profession.
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