PawSox broadcaster heads to Seattle

Memo to aspiring major-league broadcasters: Do whatever you can to land a job in Pawtucket along the way. We challenge you to find a better launching board to the big leagues than working PawSox games.

On Thursday, the PawSox announced that play-by-play man Aaron Goldsmith, after just one year in Pawtucket, has been hired to join the Seattle Mariners radio team for the 2013 season. Goldsmith, 29, will work with veteran Mariners broadcaster Rick Rizzs.

Goldsmith was hired by the PawSox from a field of 150 applicants to replace Dan Hoard, who left to become play-by-play voice of the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals.

But talk about your cradle of coaches: Goldsmith continues a long line of PawSox broadcasters who have gone on to the big leagues: Gary Cohen (New York Mets in 1989), Don Orsillo (Boston Red Sox in 2001), Dave Flemming (San Francisco Giants in 2004), Andy Freed (Tampa Bay Rays in 2005), Dave Shea (Washington Nationals in 2005), Dave Jageler (Washington Nationals in 2006), and Hoard.

"I am proud to continue the tradition of broadcasters who move from McCoy Stadium to the majors,” Goldsmith said in a statement from the PawSox. “I’d like to express my sincere thanks to everyone with the PawSox for allowing me to be a part of a wonderful organization during a historic championship season last year. This job with the Seattle Mariners is an immense honor and dream come true. I look forward to this incredible opportunity and to contributing to the Mariners both on and off the air."

Steve Hyder, who had spent the last nine seasons in the PawSox booth, resigned in December, so the PawSox will have an entirely new broadcast team in 2012.