As many of you know by now, I have decided to make the move from the radio booth to television for the 2007 season. Its an exciting career decision that I did not make without long thought and consideration. I have had seven wonderful years working the games on the Cleveland Indians Radio Network and now look forward to broadcasting games for Sports Time Ohio.
In making my decision I realize that I am leaving two incredibly talented partners in Tom Hamilton and Mike Hegan. I will miss working with them but, they will always be in the booth right next door. I will always be grateful to the Indians organization for giving me the opportunity to join the radio broadcast team seven years ago and I make this move with their full support.
I have had the chance to work with some of the best broadcasters in Cleveland sports history. My career began at WEWS-TV 5 in 1990 where I worked under the tutelage of the late Nev Chandler. He was a consummate professional and always encouraged me in my career endeavors. Working with Tom Hamilton the past seven years in some ways was like working with an extension of Nev. They have their own distinct styles but, each taught me lessons about preparation and work ethic that I wont soon forget.
Mike Hegan opened my eyes to watching the game of baseball in an entirely different way. He welcomed me to the booth and helped me better understand the "game within the game" and never once talked down to me even though he’s forgotten more baseball than I will ever know.
Now I have the pleasure of sharing the booth with one of my favorite Indians players, Rick Manning. We worked together on a show 10 years ago called, "Tribe TV" and had a blast doing it. I truly look forward to learning more about the game from his vast knowledge as well as bringing my own insights to the telecasts.
Finally I want to thank the loyal radio listeners for their support over the past seven years and look forward to your viewership on STO. Its been a busy off-season already and I am truly looking forward to getting back down to Winter Haven, Florida for spring training.
On a side note…I recently made the pilgrimage to the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa with my Father and son. Even if you are not a baseball fan, its worth the trip. We had a great time and it truly is a magical place. I’ll never forget when my Dad said, "Its just dirt and grass and corn, and yet its so much more than that. It brings back so many memories of baseball and family. It really is a field of dreams."