Award-winning John Sadak is the new voice of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (Class AAA; International League); he’ll be replaced as the voice of the Wilmington Blue Rocks (High Class A; Carolina League) by Matt Janus.
Regular followers of the Ballpark Digest awards know Sadak from our annual recognition of his work as one of the best broadcasters in baseball. His tenure with the club will begin on Nov. 5.
“I am honored and excited to join the SWB Yankees and the NEPA community,” said Sadak, who will serve as the team’s chief media relations contact and lead radio voice. “The opportunity to call games for the top minor league affiliate of my boyhood favorite team in a brand new ballpark is a true thrill. The season cannot get here soon enough.”
At the conclusion of the 2012 baseball season, Sadak was named the Carolina League Broadcaster of the Year through a vote of his peers along. The New York City native’s background includes time in the front office of the 27-time World Champion New York Yankees as the big league team’s assistant director of broadcasting/scoreboard operations from 2005-06.
The 34-year-old announces college sports nationally for the Dial Global Sports Radio Network (formerly Westwood One) and the ESPN family of networks. This winter, he will add college basketball duties with CBS Sports Network. The two-time Delaware Sportscaster of the Year also calls games for the 26-time Ivy League champion Princeton University men’s basketball program and the nationally-ranked University of Delaware women’s basketball team.
“We are thrilled to have someone of John’s caliber join our team,” said SWB Yankees president & general manager Rob Crain. “Our staff is shaping up to be one the best in all of Minor League Baseball and the addition of John makes us that much better.”
Blue Rocks fans won’t miss a beat with Janus, who began working for the Blue Rocks as a 15-year-old sophomore in high school when he sold yearbooks and scorecards. He moved to the marketing department during college, and then joined the media relations staff as the team’s assistant director of broadcasting and media relations in 2009. After three years as the organization’s No. 2 broadcaster, Janus was promoted to new media manager before the 2012 season, at which time he served as co-host of the team’s between-inning on-field contests, and designed and implemented the franchise’s social media strategy.
The 28-year-old Middletown, Delaware native is a familiar voice in the First State. On top of his three-year stint on the Blue Rocks Radio Network, Janus also broadcasts games for his alma mater, the University of Delaware.
He serves as the sideline reporter on Blue Hen football radio broadcasts, does play-by-play and color commentary for the nationally ranked Delaware women’s basketball team, and provides color commentary for select men’s basketball games.
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